The PCI Express-based AiW X800 XL integrates a 400 MHz core (R430) and 256 MByte of 490 MHz GDDR3 memory. Besides the hardware upgrade, that is promised to bring a graphics performance similar to an X800 XL card, ATI made a substantial change of strategy marketing its AiW cards. From now on, the company said, Microsoft's Windows Media Center Edition 2005 (MCE 2005) is directly supported and European customers will play a more important role in what features the product offers.
The AiW X800 XL will probably cost you about $400 and is positioned at the traditional higher end mainstream price point. However, for more budget minded users, there is also the new AiW 2006, a TV tuner card that carries the Radeon 9600 chip and 256 MByte memory for $200.