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David Matthews from Porter Novelli Australia sent us in a press release saying that ATi's Radeon 9000 and 9000 Pro are now both shipping. I've posted the entire press release in our forums, here's a snip:
The RADEON 9000 and RADEON 9000 PRO graphics cards feature 64MB of DDR memory and flexible dual-display support including DVI-I, VGA and TV-out. RADEON 9000 PRO is now available at all major computer retailers across North America, at a suggested retail price of $149. A number of add-in-board manufacturers are also now shipping product based on RADEON 9000, at very affordable prices.More information in our Video Cards Forum
In case you haven't had enough of all the latest ATi graphics processor news, the gents from Neoseeker have posted a bit of their own coverage on the subject.
With the introduction of Radeon 9700 (R300) and Radeon 9000 (RV250), ATI finally manages to exceed what nVidia has to offer at least on paper. nVidia's successful attempts to block ATI from the crown with its GeForce 4 Ti series and its superior Detonator4 drivers has put ATI on the defensive. However, with the upcoming release of Radeon 9700, it is a contest of who will sit quite comfortably on the throne.".More information at Neoseeker
The guys from Got Apex? have a comprehensive review of the new 128mb version of the GeForce4 Ti4200 from Albatron.
Obviously the Ti 4200 is not the fastest card out there. That is not what it supposed to be though. It is supposed to be a reasonably priced alternative to the 4400 and 4600 that still provides playable frame rates and all of the GF4 Ti GPU's image quality enhancing features. Does it do this? Boy, and how? Even though it is a step or two back from the 4400 and 4600 cards, it will still get you to where you want to be. If you look closely through the benchmark results, you will see that there are very few circumstances where the performance delta between the 4200 and the 4600 will actually rule out a game play resolution or force you to turn back a quality setting just because you didn't buy the fastest card out there.More information at Got Apex?
AnandTech have posted their review of the ATi Radeon 9700 or R300. The results are just astonishing, under UT 2003 the R300 is able to outperform a Ti4600 by 38-54%. Then Anand continues on saying nVidia's NV30 will be faster than the R300! There's 24 pages worth of review by Anand, if you've got the time to read it all - Which I'm going to make time to do.
When all is said and done, there's a reason why ATI and NVIDIA are the two leaders in this market right now. Both companies have figured out the right way of doing things and are currently hard at work bringing the absolute fastest hardware to the market. These two are driving the industry and with the R300 ATI put to rest any speculation that had ever existed about their worthiness as a competitor.More information at AnandTech
ATI won't go the route of 3dfx, they're going the route of NVIDIA and today they just entered the passing lane.
We are now fairly certain we can come to this conclusion with information provided to us from Hercules about the announcement of their ATi Radeon 9000 Pro and 9700 graphics cards. I've requested a picture from Hercules of their 9700 card, let's see what they say.
More information in our New Products Forum
Neoseeker takes a look at MSI's Geforce 4 Ti4200 and checks out how it stacks up against the likes of ATI's Radeon 8500, Matrox's Parhelia-512 and its big brother MSI's GeForce 4 TI4600.
After massive price cuts by ATI on their Radeon line, nVidia is forced to come up with a low cost card to market. This is where the MSI GeForce 4 Ti4200 comes in, with an estimated retail price of $150 US or $260 Cdn, the Ti4200 comes with VIVO options, DVI to analog converter WinProducer, WinCoder, No One Lives Forever, Sacrifice and AquaNox.More information at Neoseeker
Scott from The Tech Report has posted an article comparing nVidia GeForce4 Ti4600's from PNY, Abit and Gainward. As always, good reading is to be had.
PNY's Verto card is the first one we'll look at today, and that's appropriate, because the Verto is a perfect carbon copy of NVIDIA's Ti 4600 128MB reference design. As such, the Verto card will introduce us to many common features of all Ti 4600 cards. PNY's most notable variation from NVIDIA's template is the Verto's swanky maroon PCB color, which makes the card seem a little less generic.More information at The Tech Report.
A little birdy handed me some information about the new Radeon 8500 MAXX from ATi - As far as I know, this is what you can consider scoop. Take a look at it now, because I don't know how long this page will be staying up for, once ATi find out about it.
I've posted the full spec list, details and a picture of the new graphics card in the New Products section of our forums. The internal document also includes bits and pieces of information about the highly anticipated R300.
More information in the New Products Forum.
Soltek let us know about the release of their nVidia GeForce4 Ti4600 and Ti4200 graphics card releases today. As usual I have posted information and pictures in the New Products section of our forums. The Ti4600 does look like it would be able to overclock quite well with it's dual fans!
Soltek's Ti4600 & Ti4200 graphic cards are specially designed for power users, these two graphics cards provide users with the leading graphics technology, the latest video features, and the most innovative entertainment solutions.More information in the New Products Forum.
OC Workbench has a screenshot from of 3DMark 2001 comparing the graphics quality of the new SiS Xabre 400 to the nVidia Ti4600 and the older GeForce 3 Ti200. While the differences are hard to spot, it's easy to see the lighting of the GeForce 4 is more enhanced, everything stands out much better. nVidia's drivers are much more mature compared to SiS's drivers, and it's just one screenshot which can hardly make or break either product especially since we weren't even told what graphics settings were used.
More information at OC Workbench.