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ATi Radeon 9700 Pro Review - Specifications

We've been hearing all kinds of good things so far concerning the new ATi Radeon 9700 series graphics cards, but can it possibly live up to all the hype? Come join Tio Chaharbaghi as he takes a look at this beast and tells us once and for all if it has what it takes to become the next champ, or the next chump!

By: | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 14, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: ATi

System Requirements


Radeon 9700 Pro requires connection to your PC's internal power supply for operation. A 300-watt power supply or greater is recommended to ensure normal system operation where a number of other internal devices are installed.


Intel Pentium 4/III/II/Celeron™, AMD K6/Duron™/Athlon/Athlon XP or compatible with AGP 2X (3.3v), 4X (1.5V), 8X (0.8v) or Universal AGP 3.0 bus configuration (2X/4X/8X).


128MB of system memory


Installation software requires CD-ROM drive


DVD playback requires DVD drive


Graphics Technology


RADEON™ 9700 Pro Visual Processing Unit (VPU)


Memory Configuration


128MB of double data rate SDRAM


Operating Systems Support


Windows XP


Windows 2000


Windows Me


Display Support


VGA connector for analog CRT


S-video or composite connector for TV / VCR


DVI-I connector for digital CRT or flat panel


Independent resolutions and refresh rates for any two connected displays




Eight parallel rendering pipelines


Four parallel geometry engines


256-bit DDR memory interface


AGP 8X support


SMARTSHADER™ 2.0Programmable pixel and vertex shaders


16 textures per pass


Pixel shaders up to 160 instructions with 128-bit floating point precision


Vertex shaders up to 1024 instructions with flow control


Multiple render target support


Shadow volume rendering acceleration


High precision 10-bit per channel frame buffer support


Supports DirectX 9.0 and the latest version of OpenGLSMOOTHVISION™ 2.02x/4x/6x full scene anti-aliasing modes


Adaptive algorithm with programmable sample patterns


2x/4x/8x/16x anisotropic filtering modes


Adaptive algorithm with bi-linear (performance) and tri-linear (quality) optionsHYPER Z™ III3-level Hierarchical Z-Buffer with early Z test


Lossless Z-Buffer compression (up to 24:1)


Fast Z-Buffer ClearTRUFORM™ 2.02nd generation N-Patch higher order surface support


Discrete and continuous tessellation levels per polygon


Displacement mappingVIDEOSHADER™Seamless integration of pixel shaders with video


FULLSTREAM™ video de-blocking technology


Noise removal filtering for captured videoMPEG-2 decoding with motion compensation, iDCT and color space conversion


All-format DTV/HDTV decoding


YPrPb component output


Adaptive de-interlacing and frame rate conversion


Dual integrated display controllers


Dual integrated 10-bit per channel 400 MHz DACs


Integrated 165 MHz TMDS transmitter (DVI & HDCP compliant)


Integrated TV Output support up to 1024x768 resolution


Optimized for Pentium 4 SSE2 and AMD Athlon™ 3DNow!


PC 2002 compliant




3-year limited warranty


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