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November 2004 3Digest:
ATI RADEON X700 256MB (400/700 MHz)

This GPU is presented by Sapphire HYBRID RADEON X700 PRO 256MB GDDR3 (425/860 MHz) PCI-Express card downclocked down to 400/700.


  • ATI RADEON X700 XT(!) GPU, 400 MHz clock rate (8 pixel and 6 vertex pipelines);
  • Samsung memory chips. 2.0 ns indicate 500 (1000) MHz, but the memory operates at 350 (700) MHz. 128-bit bus;
  • Peak fill rate in the multitexturing mode is 3200 megapixels/sec and 3200 megatexels/sec.

Theoretical and analytical videocard reviews, containing functional analysis of ATI graphics cards

By the end of the month the product costs $170-180, supports DirectX 9.0c (shaders 2.0b).

This novelty was first tested in September 2004. It's designed for middle-end segment and now has only PCI-E interface.

This $150-170 product is very successful and outperforms not only previous-generation Middle-End, but even some High-End cards. Competes with GeForce 6600 (6600LE).

PCX x16 interface, 256 MB GDDR3 SDRAM in 8 chips.

On November 10, 2004 the latest drivers from ATI were 6.490 (CATALYST 4.11 WHQL, Release), 6.497 (CATALYST beta) for Windows XP.

Andrey Vorobiev (Anvakams@ixbt.com)

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