August 2003 3Digest:
ATI RADEON 9700 128MB DDR (275/540 MHz)
This chip is presented by ATI RADEON 9700 128MB, AGP card.
- ATI RADEON 9700 GPU, 275MHz clock rate;
- 128MB DDR SGRAM in 8 Samsung
K4D26323RA-GC2A BGA chips; 350 (700) MHz clock speed (270 (540) MHz default clock speed), 256-bit bus;
- Peak fill rate in the multitexturing mode is 2200 megapixels/sec and 2200 megatexels/sec.
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.
On August 10, 2003 no new ATI drivers are available for Windows XP.
By the end of the month the product belongs to the $230-250 range; supports DirectX 9.0; closest rivals: GeForce4 Ti 4600, GeForceFX 5800.
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