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November 2002 3Digest -
ATI RADEON 9500 64MB DDR (275/540 MHz)

This chip is presented by Gigabyte MAYA II RADEON 9500 64MB, AGP.


  • ATI RADEON 9500 chip, 275MHz clock;
  • 64MB DDR SGRAM in 4 Hynix 3.6ns BGA chips, 270 (540) MHz clock, 128-bit bus;
  • Peak fill rate in the multitexturing mode is 1100 megapixels/sec and 1100 megatexels/sec.

Wasn't overclocked.

In the beginning of December the product belongs to the $150-180 range; supports DirectX 8.0; closest rival: GeForce4 Ti4200.

On the 10th of November 2002 the latest drivers from ATI are 6.200 for Windows XP, 9.069 for Windows ME.

Windows XP

As you can see, new versions are almost identical.

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 serie.

As there are currently not actual apps, using Shaders 2.0, and DirectX 9.0 hasn't been released, we'll provide some demos, based on DirectX 9.0.beta1.

Taking into account the new anisotropy quality, I recommend you to read the anisotropic filtering section.

Below are screenshots from a number of games taken on RADEON 9700, and the reference screenshots taken on NVIDIA GeForce3.

Games / Cards 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12


Games / Cards 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24


Games / Cards 25 26 27 28 29 30


Game list:

Andrey Vorobiev (Anvakams@ixbt.com)
Alexander Kondakov (kondalex@ixbt.com)

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