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Today Active-Hardware has a look at Asus' top of the line V8460 Ultra Deluxe GeForce 4 Ti4600.
At times, it seems that the various versions of the GeForce 4 Ti4600 floating around the market are essentially identical, but that isn't always the case. The Asus V8460 Ultra Deluxe, for example, has managed to set itself apart by offering the most complete package we've seen in a card of this class.More information at Active-Hardware
You've read right and it was as bigger shock to me when I read the email from Crucial which mentioned the online memory upgrade center is launching their own line of graphics cards starting with the Radeon 8500LE 128MB, with of course Micron DDR onboard.
First RAM, then flash cards, and now a Crucial video card?More information at Crucial
Today Crucial Technology, the online memory upgrade leader, launched a new product--the Crucial(R) Radeon(TM) 8500LE 128MB video card powered by ATi, featuring Micron(R) DDR.
GotApex? has posted a review of the ASUS V8420 GeForce 4 Ti DVI 4200 video card.
This time around, Mr. Postman brought to my door a card for the budget minded gamer, the Asus V8420 GeForce 4 Ti 4200 DVI. Featuring 128MB of DDR RAM, Dual Monitor support and TV-out, the Asus is about as loaded as its big brother, the Ti4400. Yet the Ti4200 comes it at just under $200, and should offer up more than enough performance to keep the cheapskate happy with the latest games.More information at GotApex?
Ascully.com has a look at the Acecad Acecat Flair Graphics Tablet for those of you with an artistic side.
I'm new to the graphics tablet arena. I have used and reviewed Wacom products, which I must say was a nice place to start. I was curious to find out if the Flair is an alternative to the more expensive competition. I had to test it out to see if it would hold up to my own needs and expectations. It did more than hold up, it is now a permanent fixture on my desk.More information at Ascully.com
According to an article on Digitimes in regards to VIA and their currant state in the chipset battle. VIA has been loosing ground lately and quite allot of sales since the introduction of the Intel Pentium 4 processor. Due to the legal issues between VIA and Intel over the P4X chipset line, 1st tier motherboard manufacturers are avoiding the VIA P4X solutions like the plague to avoid any response from Intel.
This has left VIA with only 1 trump card, Their AMD Athlon solutions, and even here VIA is set to loose out. AMD Athlon sales are slowing down, either due to Pentium 4 picking up popularity or AMD fans are waiting for Hammer processors from AMD. Either way this doesn't help sales of KT333 and KT400 chipsets. VIA, once held the title of supplying the only AMD Athlon solution, now that SiS has its 745 chipsets and NVIDIA with nForce 2, VIA is loosing out to their biggest competitors.
Lets hope VIA can pull out of this tail spin.
The Guru of 3D took a peek at an ATI reference sample of the new Radeon 9000 Pro.
One thing is for sure, ATI made a very clever step in the mainstream market. The Radeon 9000 Pro will sell like freshly baked bread once the marketing mechanism and advertising will kick in. You will see very little pessimistic reviews about this product as it is a very very complete product for little money.More information at The Guru of 3D
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.