As mentioned, the card we're testing here today is ATi's own Radeon 9700 Pro board. As many of you are certainly aware, ATi has just recently begun selling graphics processors only to third parties, so that they can produce ATi solutions as well. We believe this to be an extremely wise move on ATi's part, as it will help the company penetrate markets more effectively than it could on its own.
Again, our card came with a core clock of 325 MHz, and a memory clock of 310 MHz DDR (620 MHz effective). The card uses BGA (Ball Grid Array) packaged memory modules in order to attain high memory speeds reliably. Depending on the clockspeed of lower end R300 based products, less expensive cards (such as the upcoming Radeon 9500) should be able to use standard TSOP (Thin Small Outline Package) packaged memory modules.
Here are some snapshots of our card. The large heatsink was surprisingly quiet, although we did find the noise from the fan to be slightly high pitched, and thus more noticeable, even though it may not have been high in intensity.
The image on the left shows the slew of cables included with ATi's boxed and branded version of the card. Included are cables for S-Video and composite output, as well as an adapter for a second monitor. The card requires external power, in the form of a floppy driver power connector. ATi also includes 4-pin Molex adapter in case you don't have a free floppy power connector from your power supply.
Notice the blue marks on the top of each of the capacitors, indicating that they have been tested. This is the kind of quality control we like to see.