Diamond All-in-Wonder HD Premium 5000 Reviewgotdamojo06 -
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Taking a step back and looking at the performance that you are able to get with the Diamond All-in-Wonder HD Premium 5000, you can see that the graphics card that is included in the bundle (Diamond HD5570) was not a graphics card that is intended to be used as a gaming card. The performance that it gave during the gaming testing was not very high in comparison with the other cards it was compared to - it was sitting around half of the performance in 3DMark11 when compared to the NVIDIA GTS 450. The connectivity of the graphics card is where it does shine, as it supports a single HDMI output, a single VGA, and a single DVI-I video output, which we all know are the most commonly used connections for a computer monitor, as well as providing the option to hook it up to your HDTV that you may have sitting in your living room or bedroom. The fact that you can use the TVW750 PCIE HDTV Tuner to grab an audio/video feed off your video camera, VCR, or whatever other device you need to connect to that supports the RCA (Yellow-Red-White) output connections, gives it the ability to be used to create just about any digital media file that you may want. I was not very impressed about how much more CPU and Memory the TotalMedia 3.5 application used when compared to Windows Media Player (WMP) when it comes to playing a simple AVI or MPG file on your computer, however it does have a lot more going on in the application than WMP does, such as the splash-screens. The picture quality of the TV signal on the TVW750 PCIE HDTV Tuner was quite impressive — I was able to view a few HD TV channels on my computer, which does give you just one more reason to sit in front of your computer and spend countless hours there. The price point that the HD Premium 5000 package is set at is $145.99, which is quite a dea, since if you were to price the two cards out by themselves using Diamond's website, you'll get a grand total of $209.98, giving yourself a savings of $63.99!
If you are looking for a lower end video card that is only going to be powering your monitor to do daily tasks such as word processing, browsing the web, and other simple non-graphics intensive computing and want to be able to watch TV on your computer, or you are simply looking for something to use in your HTPC build, you may just want to give the Diamond All-in-Wonder HD Premium 5000 combo a closer look and serious consideration.
- Power Consumption
- Video Connections
- Video Capture
- Picture Quality
- TotalMedia 3.5 uses more system resources than Windows Media Player
- HD5570 gaming performance