Reviews and Problems with ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
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ATI Radeon 9700 Pro Review
4 October 2011
Excerpt: Introduction ATI has the fastest and most feature rich consumer graphics card on the planet today . To argue with that you'd have to have a crayon lodged in your brain. A quick look at the various Radeon 9700 Pro reviews around the 'net verifies that statement. So what's the point of a know-nothing like myself reviewing one too? Well, for one thing, this know-nothing is also a financially strapped know-nothing.
Conclusion: I know what you're saying. "Man, isn't it fast ENOUGH????" Well, yes, but who says it can't go FASTER? Come on, you want to know, don't you? Just give in to the urge. If it can do so well at 315 MHz, think of what a speed bump would do for it? Let's find out.
Excerpt: The ATI Radeon 9700 Pro is the fastest 3-D card around and the clear winner if you crave 3-D power. The company has been designing 3-D graphics acceleration into its chips for years, but for the first time in a good while ATI is the performance leader, a spot nVidia owned until recently. And unlike previous generations, the Radeon 9700 Pro has held this lead for over four months, as of November.
Conclusion: The M11, or Mobility Radeon 9700 as it's more commonly known, is a very capable part that helps solidify ATi's position as a dominant player in mobile graphics. While its performance wasn't quite on par with a Radeon 9600 XT, its feature set is every bit as complete - as it should be with the M11 and RV360 architectures being so similar. About the only thing we take issue with is ATi's decision to name this part a "9700".
Excerpt: The Radeon 9700 Pro is very much a card of the future. It has some features that make even the Ti-4600 looks humble by comparison. Whilst nVIDIA can claim full Direct X 8.1 support, and Direct X 7 support for their budget MX line of cards, ...
Conclusion: Teething problems aside, we still can’t help but be excited about ATI’s RADEON 9700 PRO. Not only is it the fastest graphics card on the planet, it also boasts the best-looking image quality. ATI has really addressed user complaints with the RADEON 8500, not only do we have improved anti-aliasing performance, we’ve also got enhanced anisotropic filtering as well.
Excerpt: Most recently, the Radeon 8500, which was incarnated to perform against the GeForce3 Ti500, was plagued by driver problems, which hindered its performance upon release. Once those were finally sorted out, and the Radeon 8500 was speeding ahead of the Ti500, NVIDIA released its GeForce4 Ti series of video cards, which had an easy gain on the Radeon 8500. For the next few months after that, ATI was mostly regarded as a budget card manufacturer.
Summary: If you are looking for the fastest, most expensive video card available at the moment with rock solid driver support, look no further. If you are running a new 8XAGP motherboard I have heard of issues requiring a bios upgrade. You can check out the forums at Rage3d, they have a great issues thread and the board is very active. ATI have a huge winner here, many months before NVIDIA even have a next generation product on the shelves.
Pros: Fastest Card On The Planet (Until Nvidia Answer Back), DX9 Support (Whenever MS decide to release it), Awesome Clock Speeds (No Need To Overclock), Catalyst Drivers are finally up to par, Cool Red PCB looks great in a windowed case, TV out and Twin Monitor Support
Cons: No Games Bundled for a gaming card you would expect at least demos, Needs a 300W PSU