RADEON 9700 PRO => RADEON 9800? We doubt...
The Web brought information that RADEON 9800 PRO owes its highest performance to 6.307 drivers optimized for this new solution. Besides, a number of websites posted that forcing Device ID RADEON 9800 in drivers resulted in a considerable performance boost of RADEON 9700 PRO.
We experimented with drivers patching in our videolab (thank to Alexey Nikolaychuk, RivaTuner creator) and proved there’s no boost. Moreover, having been detected as RADEON 9800 PRO, RADEON 9700 PRO indicated performance drop.
To check if forcing actually works, we made our RADEON 9700 PRO be detected as RADEON 9500 128MB. And obtained results of RADEON 9500.
So, our German colleagues, who posted this "sensation" first, are either wrong, or have an ace in the hole.
By the way, introducing you our photos of original RADEON 9800 Pro, which we received from ATI.
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