Diamond All-in-Wonder HD Premium 5000 Review

gotdamojo06 - 2011-02-15 13:09:03 in Video Cards
Category: Video Cards
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: February 28, 2011
Price: $145.99

Introduction: 

So maybe you have a new TV in your living room, but you don't know everything you may want to connect. You may want to build a computer to control your new TV and surround system, but where do you start? What would you need to put into this setup to be able to watch TV, play DVDs and Blu-ray discs, and stream online content? Well the first thing that you may want to look into is getting a TV Tuner card and a video card that is going to be able to give you the ability to support DVD and Blu-ray playback. That is where Diamond Multimedia comes into the mix with its All-in-Wonder HD Premium 5000 pack. Not only to you get a TV Wonder 750 PCIE card, but also an AMD Radeon HD5570 video card along with some accessories. I am curious to see exactly how well these two cards perform when they are put up against the competition. 

 

Closer Look: 

The packaging for the Diamond All-in-Wonder HD Premium 5000 is quite simple. The Diamond logo is in the upper left hand corner with the PCI-E 1024MB GDDR3 and Radeon Graphics tags in the upper right hand corner. Toward the top of the package, in the center, is the All-in-Wonder HD Premium 5000 name with the tag under it saying "Turn Your PC into the Ultimate Digital Home Entertainment Center". Underneath are a few of the features of the combo package, such as HDMI with 7.1 Channel Surround Sound, High Definition Blu-ray Playback, and the ability to Watch, Pause, and Record Live HDTV on your PC. Toward the bottom of the package is a computer monitor with a film reel, letting you know that you will be able to watch HD movies and TV on your computer. Taking a look at the back of the package shows everything  that is included in the package — the HD5570 Graphics Card, the TVW750 PCIE HDTV Tuner Card, the TVW750 Remote Control, the TVW750 Antenna, and your accessories. At the top of the back is a nice blurb giving you a more in-depth detailed description of the Diamond All-in-Wonder HD Premium 5000 package.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening the packaging reveals two smaller white boxes. One box contains the AMD HD5570 Graphics Card and its accessories, while the other box contains the TVW750 card and its accessories. The associated installation CD and documentation are also included in each box, making it easier to know what goes with what. Each card is wrapped in its own anti-static bag to keep it safe during the shipping process, as well as the un-boxing process.

 

Now that we know what the packaging looks like, we should take a closer look at the cards themselves and their accessories.

Closer Look: 

AMD HD5570

Opening the packaging for the AMD HD5570 graphics card reveals the card itself, as well as an installation CD and documentation to help you install the drivers and card if you need it. After you take the card out of the anti-static bag, you will find a small cooler installed on the card — a bright red blower-style cooler that has a small fan in the back and covers the memory modules that are installed on the card as well as the GPU core. This card is not designed to give you the best gaming performance, nor is it designed to give you the lowest possible temperatures for a graphics card — it is here to give you high definition graphics for your computer. Flipping the card over shows four screws that hold the cooler in place, as well as four more memory modules at 128MB apiece. The memory modules that Diamond used on the card are the Hynix H5TQ1G63BFA, which are rated to run at 800MHz and use only 1.5v. As for connections, the Diamond HD5570 provides DVI, D-Sub, and an HDMI output to choose from, providing you the option to connect to just about any display you would normally be using with an HTPC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TVW750 PCIE HDTV Tuner

When it comes down to the TVW750 PCI HDTV Tuner card, you not only get the card, installation CD and documentation, but also a remote control, as well as two bags of goodies. The remote control has your typical setup on it - number buttons at the top, a four-directional keypad with an "OK" button in the center, and your function buttons at the bottom of the remote. The included accessories that come with the TVW750 are the two different mounts for the TV antenna, your multi-function aux cable, a remote IR receiver cable, and a dongle that allows you to use either the wireless TV receiver or your wall cable.

 

 

You'll notice that the TVW750 card is very small, as the card only uses a PCI-E x1 slot on your motherboard, which means it wont take up too much space inside your chassis. On the back panel bracket are three different ports. The one at the top is where you would connect the wireless receiver or attach your dongle to convert it into the coax input. The input under that would be for your aux cable, which will allow you to connect different devices to grab video from. Lastly, the small input at the bottom is for your remote IR receiver.

 

 

Now that we know what both the cards look like and what accessories come with them, it's time to take a look the included media player software before getting to the specifications and features of each card and ultimately the testing.

ArcSoft TotalMedia 3.5: 

When you first launch the ArcSoft TotalMedia 3.5 application, there's a list of actions off to the right hand side of the opening screen. These options include TV, Picture, Radio, Video, To Go, and Setup. The date and time are also displayed. Selecting the TV option sends you to the TV section of TotalMedia 3.5 where you'll be able to watch your TV signal on your comptuer, with options for Full Screen, EPG, Channels, Recorded TV, Schedule, and Settings. The Full Screen button does just that, Channels brings up a list of channels that the application has found and saved, Recorded TV displays a list of recorded TV files that you have saved on your computer, and Schedule allows you to schedule future records. Clicking the Settings button brings up another list of buttons, including Reset TV Signal, Edit Channels, TV Settings, Import Channel List, and Export Channel List. The Edit Channels button allows you to select which TV channels you wish to have displayed when you go to change the channel, while the Settings button brings up your typical TV options — Closed Caption, Audio, Video Standard, Digital TV EPG, and Time Shifting (which allows you to pause live TV and watch recorded TV before the recording is complete).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back on the main screen of the TotalMedia 3.5 application, the Pictures link sends you to a screen that has a thumbnail view of whichever folder you have selected to display on the right-hand side with the folder selection at the top of the screen. On the left-hand side of the screen, there are options for playing a slide show, printing images, editing them, or burning them to a disc. When you click the Edit button, you are given a full screen display of your selected image with a very basic image editor layover at the bottom of the screen. The Settings button under the Slide Show section allows you to change the interval between each image displayed, choose your transistions, select whether to loop the slide show, and also lets you add a music soundtrack to your slide show, if you wish to.

 

Back to the main screen of TotalMedia 3.5, the Radio button launches TotalMedia Radio where you can listen to music over your favorite radio station. You can scan channels, record something off the radio, and edit the radio settings here. When you click the settings button, you are given the option to select the device name, change the Scan Step when you click the seek button, and change where you want your recorded radio files to be stored on your computer.

 

 

When you select the Video button back on the main screen, you are sent to the Video screen. This is where you are going to play any video files that you have on your computer. You can browse your computer at the top. The right-hand section of the screen contains a list of all the files located in your selected folder, while the left-hand side contains the Capture button, Burn to Disc button, and Settings button, as well as a small pane at the bottom that shows you the video file playing. When you click the Video Settings button, the video settings screen pops up. However, there aren't many options here, only a Subtitle/Closed Caption checkbox, along with a Capture Settings button. When you click the Capture Settings button, you'll see a video preview in the top right-hand corner, along with the abilities to enter a file name and select how long you want to capture. There is also a Settings button here, which allows you to change the Video Device, the Video Input Source, the Video Standard, Closed Caption, Audio Device, and Audio Input Source. At the bottom of this screen is a button that will auto detect the video signal for you.

 

 

 

There is a Master Settings menu on the Main Screen when you first open up TotalMedia 3.5, which allows you to change the General, TV, Video, and Pictures settings. When you go under the General Settings submenu, you will have the options to change the Disc Creation, Printer, Frame Storage, Video Recording Storage, Display Settings, and Parent Control settings, as well as an About TotalMedia button. The Disc Creation settings is where you can change the TV System, the Burn To, the Disc Format, and the Audio Format. The Printer settings is where you are able to select which printer installed on your network/computer you wish to use.

 

 

 

The Frame Storage settings and Video Recording Storage settings are very similar screens. Both sections allow you to set where you want to save the respective files on your hard drive. The Frame Storage settings also allows you the option of changing the file type, while the Video Recording Storage settings allows you to change the quality of the video file TotalMedia creates. The Display Settings allows you to turn Hardware Acceleration on, change the Aspect Ratio, and enable or disable Deinterlace. You can also change your Display Effect, which is going to be displayed when you change between screens inside TotalMedia.

 

 

Under the General screen, there is also the Parent Control settings. When you select this button for the first time, you are given a dialog box that requires you to create a password to protect these settings. Once a password is created, you are able to get into the Parent Controls screen where you can change the DVD Parent Control or the TV Ratings. Under DVD Parental Control settings, you can change what ratings the player is going to be allowed to play — Unlimited, G, PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17. Once you go into the TV Ratings, you can enable the TV Blocking, which will then block unrated TV programs. You can also select the maximum allowed TV Rating here.

 

 

 

The final two screens are your To Go screen and About TotalMedia screen. To Go allows you to transfer files to a supported mobile device — iPod Video, Sony PSP, Windows Mobile Device, Creative Zen Vision M, and ScanDisk Sansa e200. About TotalMedia displays which version you have installed, as well as providing you the option to check for updates.

 

Specifications: 

AMD HD5570

GPU
Redwood
Technology
40nm
Die Size
104mm
Transistors
627 Million
ROPs
8
Shaders
400 Unified
DirextX Support
11.0
Shader Model Support
5.0
Pixel Fillrate
5.2 GPixel/s
Texture Fillrate
13.0 GTexel/s
Memory Type
GDDR3
Bus Width
128-Bit
Memory Size
1024MB
Bandwidth
25.6 GB/s
GPU Clock
650MHz
Memory Clock
800MHz

 

TVW750 PCIE TV Tuner

Interface
PCI x1
S-Video Input
With Adapter
Stereo Audio Input
With Adapter
Composite Video
With Adapter
Coax Input
With Adapter
Wireless TV
Yes
Remote
Yes

 

Features

AMD HD5570

 

TVW750 PCIE TV Tuner

Testing:

To properly test the Diamond All-in-Wonder HD Premium 5000, I am not only going to need to test the HD5570 that comes with it to see how well it is going to perform compared to other video cards that are currently out on the market, but I am going to also need to test the TVW750 PCIE card as well, meaning it is going to be a two-fold testing process. I am going to start out by testing the main feature of the package, which is going to be the capability to watch TV on your computer, as this is going to be the main reason anyone would purchase this combo package. To actually test the TV functionality of the All-in-Wonder HD Premium 5000, I am going to be using the software that comes with the package, which is ArcSoft TotalMedia 3.5. Since this software not only allows you to watch a TV signal coming into your PC, but also allows you to watch video files, I will compare picture quality though this application to what you will get using Windows Media Player and see if there is any difference in quality, as well as CPU usage. Finally, I am going to need to test the actual video card's performance, which is going to be similar to the testing that is done in a video card review, except I am going to thin it out to only two real-world gaming benchmarks and 3DMark11. So let's get testing to see how well it performs.
 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

TV Tuner Testing

  1. TotalMedia 3.5
    1. Video Playback Quality
    2. TV Quality

Video Card Testing

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  2. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  3. 3DMark 11
  1. Temperature
  2. Power Consumption

Picture Quality:

 

Video Picture Quality

To properly test the Picture Quality that the All-in-Wonder HD Premium 5000 can produce using a video file, I decided to play three different movies and compare how the quality looked in two different multimedia applications - the TotalMedia Player from ArcSoft that came with the bundle and Windows Media Player, which came installed with Windows 7. The three different movies that I played were Due Date, Megamind, and Resident Evil: Afterlife. I took screen shots at the same time in each movie, in each of the players. As you can see below, Windows Media Player was able to produce a little bit brighter of an image that is also a little bit more clear. In addition, the CPU and Memory usage (measured in Windows Task Manager) were higher using the ArcSoft TotalMedia player.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TotalMedia Player                                     Windows Media Player

 

 

 

 

TV Picture Quality

There is really only one way to test the TV picture quality and this would be to view a few different TV stations using the computer, then seeing what they look like on your regular TV. After I hooked up the coax cable to the computer, I was able to search through and grab different TV channels that I could then watch on my computer screen just as it is advertised to do. When I was displaying the TV channels through TotalMedia 3.5, I was only seeing about a 2% CPU usage for the application with about 145616K of memory usage. This is just a little bit more stress on the CPU than watching a video file, but is just over half the amount of memory usage. The picture that I was able to get was quite well, which was surprising.  

 

Testing:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is an iteration of the venerable first person shooter series, Call of Duty. Despite its long, successful pedigree, the game is not without substantial criticism and controversy, especially on the PC. Aside from the extremely short campaign and lack of innovation, the PC version's reception was also marred by its lack of support for user-run dedicated servers, which means no user-created maps, no mods, and no customized game modes. You're also limited to 18-player matches instead of the 64-player matches that were possible in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. Despite all this, the game has been well received and the in-house IW 4.0 engine renders the maps in gorgeous detail, making it a perfect candidate for OCC benchmarking. You start off the single player missions playing as Private Allen and jump right into a serious firefight. This is the point where testing will begin. Testing will be done using actual game play with FPS measured by Fraps.

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Higher = Better

 

During the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 testing, you can see that the Diamond HD5570 was really not designed to be a gaming card — the frame rates were 31 and 25 at these two resolutions, making the game not very playable.

Testing:

Batman: Arkham Asylum is a new game that brings together two bitter rivals, the Joker and Batman. The Joker has taken over Arkham Asylum, Gotham's home for the criminally insane. Your task is to rein the Joker back in and restore order. This game makes use of PhysX technology to create a rich environment for you to become the Dark Knight.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Higher = Better

 

The Batman: Arkham Asylum testing showed very similar results. The HD5570 was about 50 FPS lower than the GTS450 in the 1680x1050 resting. You are simply not going to be able to easily play this game with the settings that we use in our testing.

Testing:

3DMark 11 is the next installment for Futuremark in the 3DMark series with Vantage as its predecessor. The name implies that this benchmark is for Microsoft DirectX 11 and with an unintended coincidence, the name matches the upcoming date in number (which was the naming scheme to some prior versions of 3DMark nonetheless). 3DMark 11 is designed solely for DirectX 11 so Windows Vista or 7 are required along with a DirectX 11 graphics card in order to run this test. The Basic Edition has unlimited free tests on performance mode whereas Vantage only allowed for a single test run. The advanced edition costs $19.95 and unlocks nearly all of the features of the benchmark and the professional edition runs $995.00 and is mainly suited for corporate use. The new benchmark contains six tests, four of which are aimed only at graphical testing, one to test for physics handling and one to combine graphics and physics testing together. The open source Bullet Physics library is used for physics simulations and although not as mainstream as Havok or PhysX, it still seems to be a popular choice.

With the new benchmark comes two new demos that can be watched, both based on the tests but unlike the tests, these contain basic audio. The first demo is titled "Deep Sea" and have a few vessels exploring what looks to be a sunken U-Boat. The second demo is titled "High Temple" and is similar to South American tribal ruins with statues and the occasional vehicle around. The demos are simple in that they have no story, they are really just a demonstration of what the testing will be like. The vehicles have the logos of the sponsors MSI and Antec on their sides with the sponsorships helping to make the basic edition free. The four graphics tests are slight variants of the demos. I will use the three benchmark test preset levels to test the performance of each card. The presets are used as they are comparable to what can be run with the free version so that results can be compared across more than just a custom set of test parameters.

 

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

   

Higher = Better

 

3DMark11 was kept the same trend as the previous video card benchmarks — the HD5570 is the lowest scoring card in the lineup, giving almost half of the score that the GTS450 gave in the Extreme benchmark.

Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using MSI Kombuster, which is paired with MSI's Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using the stability test set to a resolution of 1920 x 1200 using 8xAA. I will use a 15 minute time frame to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card's BIOS for the stock load test. The idle test will be a 20 minute cool down with the fan speeds once again left on automatic. For load testing the GTX 580 and GTX 570, I will use Crysis Warhead run at 2560 x 1600 using the Gamer setting with 8xAA looping the Avalanche benchmark scenario, as I have found this to put a load close to that of Kombuster on a video card. This is needed as a way around the current limiting ability of the GTX 500 series when it detects programs that put an unrealistic load on the GPU, which Kombuster does.

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Lower = Better

 

The Diamond HD5570 has the lowest temperatures out of the lineup during the load testing, only coming in at 63 °C, which is 1 °C lower than the GTX560TI CDII TOP.

Testing:

Power consumption of the system will be measured in both idle states and loaded states and will take into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use MSI Kombuster to load the GPU for a 15 minute test and use the peak load of the system as my result for the maximum load. The idle results will be measured after 15 minutes of inactivity on the system. For load testing the GTX 500 series, I will once again use Crysis Warhead run at 2560 x 1600 using the Gamer setting with 8xAA looping the Avalanche benchmark scenario.

Settings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Lower = Better

 

Power Consumption is always an important test, as it will let you know how much your system is going to be pulling while it is on. With the HD5570 installed, it was the lowest power hog during both idle and load testing.

Conclusion:

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.

 

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