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.
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.
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.
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
Conclusion: If you were to ask me, a casual gamer, what it is that I look for in a high-end graphics card, phrases such as "fantastic 2D quality", "stability", "future-proofing", "outstanding performance" would spring to mind.
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.
Conclusion: Well, it seems like the RADEON 9700 Pro is just as kick-ass as we could ever hope, especially when it comes to DirectX performance. Its OpenGL performance could be a bit better, however, so it depends on what games you play and what mode you play them in.
Pros: Excellent driver configurability, Blazing DirectX performance, Ansio and AA integrated into quality defaults, Quality settings VERY tweakable, Good AA performance, Memory bandwidth to burn, Great multi-monitor support, Core very overclockable with default cooling
Cons: OpenGL support could be better, TRUFORM truly sucks, Number of driver dialogs could be trimmed a bit, Memory can't OC much (like you really NEED more bandwidth???)
Excerpt: We've been hearing all kinds of good things so far concerning the new ATi Radeon 9700 series graphics cards, but can it possibly live up to all the hype? Come join Tio Chaharbaghi as he takes a look at this beast and tells us once and for all if it has what it takes to become the next champ, or the...