|Diamond All-In-Wonder HD Premium AIW5000|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Video Cards|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Sunday, 27 February 2011|
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Closer Look: Diamond HD5570
Since the AIW5000 includes two separate pieces of hardware it may suit our purposes best to briefly consider them as a package before digging into the individual parts. One feature that is frequently mentioned by Diamond's advertising is "portability". Having the tuner and video card in the same PC certainly makes things less complicated, but I hardly consider a PC to be portable. It's not something I would consider taking on an international flight. If I really traveled frequently and wanted portable TV I'd lean towards a USB tuner on a laptop.
The other feature touted most by Diamond is the ability to record and watch TV on your PC. This definitely makes more sense to as a stationary application. The video and tuner card in one package is perfect for a new build. A new build makes the most sense if the PC is going to be dedicated to multimedia. In this regard the All-In-Wonder series is best utilized for recording and viewing broadcast television in an HTPC arrangement.
Now let's discuss the hardware that deals with digital content display. The All-In-Wonder 5000 includes a Diamond manufactured HD5570. While ATI's version was a low-power form factor card, Diamond's rendition uses a larger heat sink on a full-sized board. Based on this arrangement I'd expect more power, more features and potentially better performance.But I'm not expecting much since thespecs listed by Diamond practically mirror those of the reference card. The one expectation is the memory clock running at 1600 MHz instead of 900 MHz.
It's not clear exactly why Diamond chose a full-size over a low-profile board since there is plenty of room for components on the back. It could be a limitation in their PCB manufacturing process, or it could be a cost-cutting move. In either case they have precluded their ability to fit any low-profile HTPC setup. This is a big drawback for me since the 5570 was about the most power you could fit into an HTPC. You could actually game with reasonable framerates and resolutions with a 5570. We'll show this a little later on.
One great advantage of the HD5570 is the wealth of features provided at such a low cost. DirectX 11 enables a whole suite of video features such as multiple displays, stream acceleration and AVIVO support. Diamonds HD5570 includesone VGA port, one HDMI port and one DVI port. There shouldn't be any concerns about display comptibility unless you want to run something to a really old TV. Overall the HD5570 is a great card for an HTPC application. It is low cost and high performance without going over the edge in either direction.