Reviews and Problems with ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
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ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
31 December 2003
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: 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.
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
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. Obviously, DirectX mode is the way to go with ATI, as it creams other cards. If you're forced to use OpenGL mode, don't despair: it's still fast; it's just not as fast as it could be.
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???)