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October 2002 3Digest -
ATI RADEON 9700 128MB DDR (275/540 MHz)







This chip is presented by ATI RADEON 9700 128MB, AGP.




Features:

  • ATI RADEON 9700 chip, 275MHz clock;
  • 128MB DDR SGRAM in 8 Samsung K4D26323RA-GC2A BGA chips. 350 (700) max. clock, 270 (540) MHz default clock, 256-bit bus;
  • Peak fill rate in the multitexturing mode is 2200 megapixels/sec and 2200 megatexels/sec.

Wasn't overclocked.

In July 2002 ATI Technologies announced the most powerful accelerator for today - RADEON 9700. Later ATI RADEON 9700Pro was released on this GPU. The most detailed review of this card is here.

In October 2002 another version of Radeon 9700 was announced, differing from Radeon 9700 Pro by slightly lower clocks, though having almost $100 lower price.

On the 10th of October 2002 the latest drivers from ATI are 6.178, 6.193 for Windows XP.

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

Example 1 Example 2
3DMark2001, Game 1
No AA






AA 4x






AA 6x






3DMark2001, Game 3
No AA



 
AA 4x



 
AA 6x



 
3DMark2001, Game 4
No AA






AA 4x






AA 6x






Serious Sam: TSE
No AA






AA 4x






AA 6x











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
ATI RADEON 9700






























































NVIDIA GeForce3


































































Games / Cards 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
ATI RADEON 9700



















































NVIDIA GeForce3





















































Games / Cards 25 26 27 28 29 30
ATI RADEON 9700





























NVIDIA GeForce3































Game list:

  • 1. Return to Castle Wolfenstein
  • 2. Unreal2 (alpha version)
  • 3. Comanche4
  • 4. Jedi Knight II Outcast
  • 5. Morrowind
  • 6. Colin McRAE Rally2 (Windows XP)
  • 7. Red Faction
  • 8. Rally Trophy
  • 9. Sacrifice
  • 10. Venom
  • 11. Unreal Tournament 2003 DEMO
  • 12. DOOM 3 v0.02
  • 13. Blade of Darkness (Windows XP)
  • 14. Neverwinter Nights
  • 15. 3DMark2001: Game1
  • 16. 3DMark2001: Game2
  • 17. 3DMark2001: Game3
  • 18. 3DMark2001: Game4
  • 19. 3DMark2001: Dot3
  • 20. 3DMark2001: EMBM
  • 21. 3DMark2001: Vertex Shaders
  • 22. 3DMark2001: Pixel Shaders
  • 23. Warcraft III
  • 24. Soldier of Fortune II
  • 25. Command and Conquer: Renegade
  • 26. Max Payne
  • 27. AquaNox
  • 28. Serious Sam: The Second Encounter
  • 29. IL2: Shturmovik
  • 30. MoHAA



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

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