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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.
Another 2 more article notifications have come through for Radeon 9700 video cards with Sudhian Media first in with their look at the ATI Radeon 9700.
Not long ago, we showed you information about the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro video card at an event I attended in San Francisco. When walking away from the event, it was clear to me that ATI had a winner on their hands - if they could follow up their promise to ship the boards. Radeon 9700 Pro cards have been shipping for a while now and you can own one for yourself as many stores are now getting cards up for sale. The real question is whether you should go out and spend your hard earned cash on this card which will cost you from $360-$400, depending on what kind of deal you can find.More information at Sudhian Media
Next up comes t-break with their look at a sales sample Hercules 3D Prophet 9700 PRO.
Just last week, we took a look at our first Radeon 9700 graphics card- the Creative 3D Blaster 5 RX9700. Today, we have another one in our labs- this one comes from Hercules and is called 3D Prophet 9700 PRO. This is however, not the final version of the card- its a sales sample that the local Hercules distributor passed on to us. We shall be doing a full blown review of the retail card later on but for now, lets take a first look on what to expect from the upcoming Hercules Radeon 9700 PRO.More information at t-break
The gents over at Hardware Zone have just posted their 15 page review of Gigabyte's Radeon 9700 Pro graphics card. We are currently putting our sample from the Taiwanese company through testing and should have a review posted later this week for you all.
More information at Hardware Zone
I saw a link to nVChips France over at Warp2Search talking about Zalman's new VGA heatpipe cooler products. This heatpipe technology is certainly starting to take off.
The Zm80-HP is intended for the most powerful GPUs such as the GeForce4 Ti, while the Zm50-HP is adapted for graphic processors such as the GeForce2 or GeForce4 MX or Radeon 7500 that dissipate less heat.More information @ nVChips France
All I seem to be hearing about of late is slipstreaming this and that. Anyway, with the release of Windows XP SP1 the guys over at Liquid Ninjas (don't ask) have posted a short guide with lots of pictures showing how to slipstream XPSP1 with Windows XP.
Slipstreaming is the Integration of a Service Pack into the install so that the Operation System and the Service Pack will be installed at the same time. Now this is great until you realize you can't just burn the new files onto another CD and retain the ability to boot from CD.More information at Liquid Ninjas
Seems ATI has stuck the petal to the metal this month eh? ( Remember I live in Canada, I use "EH" quite a bit :) ). Reuters reports that they have released their 9000 pro mobile graphics chipset. One quick note, Compaq has selected the 9000 pro to be shipped with their new Presario 2800T series of laptops...
"ATI has long had a really strong leadership position in mobile products and this announcement is essentially the continuation," said Dean McCarron, president of Mercury Research, which specializes in the computer components market.More info at Reuters
"They have some new technology with the Radeon 9000. This is them migrating that technology into their portable graphics product line. It's obviously an important step in order to maintain their position in the market."
T-Break have posted details in their forums of Creative's "state-of-the-art" Radeon 9700 based 3D Blaster5 RX9700 graphics card. Worth a look for sure.
Introducing the state-of-art 3D Blaster 5 RX9700 Pro. This is simply the fastest 3D game accelerator ever created for the PC. Featuring ATI RADEON 9700 Pro Visual Processing Unit (VPU), it is a combination of incredible 3D rendering performance, sophisticated real-time visual effects, unsurpassed image quality and cutting-edge video features, it elevates your PC entertainment experience to a totally brand new level.More information at T-Break
So everyone is jumping on ATI's boat now eh? Well here is yet another review of the 9700 pro. Check it out and feel the power of ATI!
In this review we are not going to touch the architecture or specs of the RADEON 9700 chip (also known as R300); instead, we will examine its capabilities and performance aspects.More information over at Digit-Life
Yep, we've got reviews of GeForce4 Ti4600 from a couple sites for your reading pleasure.
Firstly ViperLair check out the PNY Verto GeForce 4 Ti4600.
A rather unspectacular box encases the Verto Ti4600. I'm not too sure about the box image. It doesn't really scream "POWER!!!!" to me, but rather, it just plain creeps me out. I think the designers have been watching too many Star Trek: The Next Generation reruns.More information at @ ViperLair
And the second review is of the Leadtek WinFast A250 Ultra TD GeForce 4 Ti4600 from Explosive Labs.
This A250 Ultra TD MyVIVO is Leadtek's second revision of this particular model. Leadtek has added VIVO capabilities to this card, not seen in its initial release. Only dubbing the A250 Ultra TD with an added "MyVIVO." You will notice then that instead of the typical S-Video out jack, the A250 Ultra TD MyVIVO comes with a VIVO jack. You need to use the blue adapter, included in the software bundle, in order to use the VIVO capabilities.More information at Explosive Labs