Since high end graphics cards are the norm here at VR-Zone, at first glance the ATI HDTV Wonder didn’t look like much to me. More specifically, it looked like every other TV tuner card I’ve tested. However, when you take a closer look at the card, you can see a number of differences that separate the HDTV Wonder from most other TV capture cards. For starters, there are two Coax inputs, one for the HDTV antenna and one for standard television. Also included is an AV in connector that hooks up with the bundled input dongle.
When you look at the back of the card you see the ATI HDTV Wonder’s NXT 2004 chip, essentially piece of silicon that converts the DTV broadcasts you get off the air into standard MPEG-2 video.
And finally we have the HDTV Wonder’s antenna. The antenna can support up to 70 OTA channels and is easy to set up, although a bit large and awkward next to your PC.