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July 2003 3Digest:
ATI RADEON 9700Pro 128MB DDR (325/620 MHz)

This chip is presented by Hercules 3D Prophet 9700 Pro 128MB, AGP card.


  • ATI RADEON 9700 GPU, 325MHz clock rate;
  • 128MB DDR SGRAM in 8 Samsung K4D26323RA-GC2A BGA chips; 350 (700) MHz clock speed indicating 2.8ns fetch time instead of 2.2ns as provided in some reviews; 310 (620) MHz default clock, 256-bit bus;
  • Peak fill rate in the multitexturing mode is 2600 megapixels/sec and 2600 megatexels/sec.

Overclocks to 360/700 MHz.

In July 2002 ATI Technologies announced the really powerful accelerator - RADEON 9700. Later ATI RADEON 9700Pro was released on this GPU. Our detailed review is here.

By the end of the month the product belongs to the $320-350 range; supports DirectX 9.0; closest rivals: GeForce4 Ti 4600, GeForceFX 5800.

On June 10, 2003 the latest drivers from ATI are 6.360 and 6.368 for Windows XP.

Windows XP

As you can see, these versions are almost identical in performance.

I shall note there's Radeon2.ru web-site that tracks all software novelties from ATI and offers improved drivers versions with preset registry settings for increasing RADEON cards perfomance.

All the latest drivers belong to the CATALYST series.

Considering the new anisotropy quality, I recommend you to read the anisotropic filtering section.

Below are screenshots of the new RADEON 9700 feature: SmoothVision II - MSAA.

Example #1 Example #2
3DMark03, Game 1

AA 4x

AA 6x

3DMark03, Game 3

AA 4x

AA 6x

3DMark03, Game 4

AA 4x

AA 6x

Serious Sam: TSE

AA 4x

AA 6x

Andrew Vorobyev (Anvakams@ixbt.com)
Alexandr Kondakov (kondalex@ixbt.com)

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