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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!

| 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

 

Features

 

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

 

Warranty

 

3-year limited warranty

 

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