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  Radeon 9800 Pro, ATI puts the thumbscrews on 
  Apr 14, 2003, 07:30am EDT 


By: Sander Sassen

A few months ago we looked at Nvidiaís latest, the GeForce FX 5800 Ultra, and we werenít really impressed with it, as it was bested by ATI's Radeon 9700 Pro, a card which was then already six months old. In the past few months ATI has obviously not been sitting still and has been diligently working on their next video card; the Radeon 9800 Pro. The Radeon 9800 Pro will undoubtedly further increase ATIí performance lead as by looking at the cardís specifications it is a good bit faster than the Radeon 9700 Pro.

Fig 1. The ATI Radeon 9800 Pro chipset utilizing the R350 core.

Donít expect the Radeon 9800 Pro to work miracles though, itís feature set and support for Microsoftís DirectX 9.0 are similar to that of the Radeon 9700 Pro. In essence the Radeon 9800 Pro brings nothing new to the table other than a higher clockspeed and a few minor improvements. These improvements are all meant to give the Radeon 9800 Pro a significant boost in performance over the Radeon 9700 Pro and competing products. Simply put ATI has taken a good look at how the Radeon 9700 Pro makes use of itís available memory bandwidth in relation to the data compression and other algorithms used, such as AA, Anti Aliasing and AF, Anisotropic Filtering. By further improving these data compression and other algorithms the Radeon 9800 Pro has become more efficient in terms of memory bandwidth use, thereby upping the performance.

1. Introduction
2. Benchmarks and more
3. Benchmark results, 3Dmark2001se
4. Benchmark results, UT2003 Standard
5. Benchmark results, UT2003 AA and AF
6. Conclusion
7. Pricing Information

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