|Diamond All-In-Wonder HD Premium AIW5000|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Sunday, 27 February 2011|
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Diamond AIW5000 Multimedia Set
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Diamond Multimedia.
Now that Blu-Ray and 1080p are well entrenched into the entertainment industry, Diamond has released their latest update to the All-In-Wonder series. The HD Premium 5000 (aka AIW5000) bundles an ATI HD5570 graphics card with an ATI HD 750 tuner. This duo has the power to handle the most frequently used video signals for viewing, recording and other routine multimedia tasks. At Benchmark Reviews we are compelled to tweak, tune, stress and measure to see how well our new gadgets perform. The AIW5000 performed well; read on too see how we put it to work.
Although the format war has been settled, the content delivery model is constantly being morphed. While cable and dish were once considered the standard, people are choosing from a myriad of new content delivery models. Ubiquitous broadband and wireless options are providing new and expanding channels through which to funnel your content. Even after choosing a delivery method you have to decide on some combination of hardware for interacting with your content.
The combinations are almost endless, and the best fit depends on your personal needs or wants. Will you choose cable + DVR, Netflix + Wii, Hulu + PC, Blu-Ray + PS3, Amazon VOD + Roku, iTunes + iPad, Boxee + Something? I think you get the point. Regardless of the choice I don't think there is a single product out there that does everything a person could want. So most of us end up with some combination of multiple devices. Sometimes it is too hard to try and follow which technologies are in and which are on the way out. You can also get stuck with proprietary equipment that works in only one setup.
Regardless of your setup there may be utility in a hardware package that can handle both your incoming and outgoing multimedia. I am a fan of the All-In-Wonder series since it is designed for that purpose. Two small cards in a PC of my choice allows me to handle all major forms of content delivery and gives me endless modification and display options. I can add drives and software of my choosing to build a custom setup without proprietary limits. Since I am always building on a budget the performance and cost matter greatly to me.
In this review, performance, utility and cost will be the major factors for rating the AIW5000.