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Sudhian Media today checks out the Sapphire Radeon 9700 Atlantis Pro to see how it stacks up against ATi's own Radeon 9700 and whether you should consider it for your next purchase.
Today we are going to be looking at yet another video card. Just a few days ago the review on Sapphire's Radeon 9000 Atlantis was posted, and today we are going to take a look at another Sapphire card. To reiterate what was said in the last review, Sapphire has been around for longer than you may think, producing OEM boards for ATI and selling mainly to OEM's. This is why you probably haven't heard much of them - but they want that to change. Sapphire's Radeon 9700 Atlantis Pro is a retail product with a lower price than one with the "Built By ATI" branding, though it is virtually the same card.More information at Sudhian Media
The folks from x-bit Labs have posted an article where they mod the hell out of a brand new Radeon 9000 to obtain some insane overclocking results, with solder and Orb-looking heatsink in hand.
These relatively inexpensive graphics cards have every chance to become popular among those who stick to the principle sounding something like "to get more but to pay less". Many people put this rule into practice by overclocking the newly bought graphics cards. Some quite risky guys go even further and plunge into PCB modification and extreme overclocking.More information @ x-bit Labs
I was browsing through the Warp2Search postings and noticed they had a post about the latest-greatest ATI drivers. Check 'em out!
ATI have released some new Windows 9X/ME/2000/XP drivers that fix the following problems:More information @ Warp2Search
NHL 2003: During certain scenes in the game the system may lock up. Alternately, the game may exit back to the Windows desktop.
Windows XP / 2000 188.8.131.5293
Windows 98 / ME 4.13.01.9068
NOTE: These display drivers:
are not Microsoft Certified
include ATI Advanced Control Panels
include language support for English, French and German
Download ATI RADEON 9700 Pro Drivers 6-13-10-6193 for Windows 2K/XP
Download ATI RADEON 9700 Pro Drivers 4-13-01-9068 for Windows 98/ME
Download ATI RADEON 8500 Drivers 6-13-10-6193 for Windows 2K/XP
Download ATI RADEON 8500 Drivers 4-13-01-9068 for Windows 98/ME
The Guru of 3D finished up a big review on the latest and greatest from Sapphire, Atlantis Radeon 9700 Pro. They'll take it through a heap of benchmarks, test FSAA and anisotropic filtering all the way and if that isn't enough they'll even overclock it to levels very high. Combined with awesome high-resolution images this is one juicy read.
This weeks review will be yet another Radeon 9700 Pro review, this time from Sapphire, a company with quite a few ex-3dfx /STB employees.. Sapphire has always been the key ATI Graphics Boards Supplier worldwide. Sapphire designs, manufactures and distributes the most complete range of ATI video boards from mainstream level Xpert98 to the state-of-the-art technology-enriched Radeon 9700 Pro.More information at Guru of 3D
I won't lie to you. I've always been a hardcore nVidia fan. I doubt that will change unless something really drastic happens (cross fingers, knock on wood). However, what we have here is something that even us hardcore nVidians can't help but take note of. Anandtech has a nice little preview of this monster of a graphics card.
Today ATI announces the All-in-Wonder Radeon 9700 Pro. Although we do not have hardware yet we were recently given the opportunity to spend some time with ATI in order to give you an idea of what exactly the new All-in-Wonder brings to the table. It is much more than just a Radeon 9700 Pro with a tuner slapped on. Much, much more.I won't spoil it for you, so head over and check it out!
More information @ Anandtech
Today, nVidia has released new Detonator 40.71 drivers. The new drivers boast up to a 25% performance increase, as well as a new second version beta driver that should correct previous problems.
Thermaltake have launched a whole bunch of new VGA coolers for GeForce4 series, as well as the Radeon series. The one which really stands out to me is their dual cooler for the GeForce4 Ti series.
Thermaltake Design Team offers a very excellent design to worldwide customers. No doubt, Thermaltake is an expert in thermal design and have the full range of thermal products. Our engineering staffs master thermal management and industrial design, so we strongly emphasis that Thermal take has an excellent design team, the solution and design have been rewarded our customer's satisfaction and high valuation. We have developed the new thermal projects and be able to provide any design and perfect solutions to our OEM &ODM business partners.More information @ Thermaltake
Bench Test have posted a massive GeForce4 Ti4200 roundup comparing 11 cards over a staggering 25 pages.
Even a passing glance at the hardware websites all over the net would be enough to convince you of the great popularity of GeForce 4 Ti4200 based video card models. For less than 190 euros, you can own a card that is only a few percent slower than the currently fastest Titanium 4600 model. All that is left is to answer the well-known question: "Which one to choose?"More information at Bench Test
One of our readers sent me a link to the Rage3D forums where they say that ATi are fully aware of the Radeon 9700's AGP 8x problem and has a solution for those of you experiencing problems with their new graphics cards after what we reported on the problem yesterday a couple of posts below.
According to ATI, they are now receiving and testing these 8X AGP boards. They are ALSO finding the 9700 does not work at all or works intermittently at best on these boards. Engineering indicated most of the boards already shipped have this problem.More information at the Rage3D Forums
Solution: A new BIOS and some board revisions are now available that fix this problem. Call ATI Customer Service for help with the issue. At present, they will ship a replacement board that WILL work in SiS and VIA 8X, but they are also considering a BIOS flash solution for problem boards.
Customer Service and Engineering deserve a 10-1/2 for their wonderful handling of this issue. They are very concerned that it be corrected quickly. They also shared that most of their 8X validation testing was done with Intel's unreleased 8X chipset and that they are just now receiving shipping versions of the SiS and VIA 8X chipsets.
Since receiving our Sapphire Radeon 9700 graphics card a couple of days ago during testing we have been experiencing a few strange problems - such as continuous system reboots and programs and games crashing back to Windows desktop when used on all SiS 648, VIA KT400 and P4X400 based motherboards with AGP 8X support operational which we currently have testing.
We cannot be 100% sure if this is an isolated problem however can be sure in saying we received confirmation from our contact at Epox Taiwan (who got first hand information direct from ATi) saying the problem is only occurring in AE2 stepping Radeon 9700 chips, and not the newer AE3 chips which are now shipping from the Canadian company, who say fix the problems discussed here. The problem is, the AE2 stepping chips are vast, and thus many made it into the retail market where end-users are no doubt going to suffer. It's important to note that we had no problems what-so-ever running the AE2 stepping Radeon 9700 on VIA KT333 and Intel 845E/G based motherboards operating in either AGP 2x or 4x modes.
If you have any further information to add we'd appreciate it if you add it to the following thread in our Rumors and Speculation Forum. We'll be passing the information provided onto ATi and Epox to help remedy the problem.