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  FIC AT009 Radeon 9000 Pro review

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ATI (which stands for Array Technology Industry) began taking shape in 1985, founded by three immigrated gentlemen from Hong Kong and six employees. Starting out with a single graphics chip design, ATI has now blossomed into one of the largest manufacturers of graphics chips in the world. ATI now has more than 1,900 employees based in Toronto with revenues surpassing 1 billion for 2001.

ATI’s first breakthrough graphics chip, the Mach64, was launched in 1994. Following the success of the Mach64, ATI released such classics as the 3D Rage I, 3D Rage II, and Rage Pro. During the explosion of 3D graphics, companies such as 3Dfx, Savage, and NVIDIA suddenly emerged and began to compete with aggressive offerings like the Voodoo 1, Savage 3D, and the Riva 128. ATI has always been very popular among OEMs, but gamers began to jump ship to NVIDIA and 3Dfx due to faster cards with better drivers. Now that 3Dfx is gone, NVIDIA is ATI’s only real competition in the mainstream market, relegating most others like Matrox to a reduced niche market and Trident, plus a few others, to the low-end OEM.

ATI’s answer to NVIDIA has been the Radeon product line, which is indeed re-establishing them in the gaming community. Latest offerings include the 9000, 9500, and the flagship 9700. More specifically, the Radeon 9000 Pro is ATI’s direct competitor to the popular MX cards from NVIDIA.

Like most of you should know today, ATI is no longer the sole card manufacturer for their own chips, in fact many OEM’s and manufacturers have jumped into ATI’s bandwagon and today we’ll be taking a look at the FIC AT009 Radeon 9000 Pro card, a powerful yet affordable graphics solution which is targeted towards the gamer with shallow pockets and budget in mind. In fact at the time of posting the article we found similar Radeon 9000 Pro cards selling for around $90-100.

The card itself follows ATI’s reference board specifications, powered by the Radeon 9000 Pro GPU like we mentioned before, this corresponds to the core also known as RV250; manufactured on a .15micron process and default clocked at 275MHz. The card came equipped with 64mb of 3.6ns Hynix memory clocked at 275MHz DDR, for an effective 550MHz output.

  • Radeon 9000 Pro GPU

  • Support for DirectX 8.1 & Open GL

  • AGP 2X/4X

  • 64 MB DDR RAM

  • Max Resolution Of 2048 x 1536 @ 75MHz

  • 8.8GB peak memory bandwidth

  • 1100Mpixels/sec peak fill rate

  • 1100Mtexels/sec peak fill rate

  • 50 Million triangles/second peak processing capability

  • 2.4 Gigatexels per second

  • GPU fan/heat sink

  • Bilinear/Trilinear Filtering

  • Texture Decompression

Features

  • Trueform Technology – makes outlines of 3D characters and objects look smoother

  • Smartshader – adds DirectX 8.1 features to enhance texture and lighting effects

  • Smoothvision – anti-aliasing

  • Dual Display – Includes VGA and DVI outputs for utilizing dual monitors

  • Video Immersion II – enables integration of digital video features including digital TV decode capability

  • Software – Power DVD and drivers

  • Included Items – DVI/VGA adaptor, S-video/RCA adaptor, RCA video cable, and a S-video cable

 



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