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Gigabyte Maya II Radeon 9700 Review - Conclusion

Simply mentioning the words "GeForce FX" sends a shiver down the spine of enthusiast's users in the tech community as its retail release draws near. Don't forget about the graphics company from Canada though, ATI still currently have the speed crown in the Radeon 9700 Pro. Gigabyte are one of the third party manufacturers who switched to ATI from nVidia and today Cameron "Sov" Johnson takes a look at their Maya II Radeon 9700 - a cheaper, cut down version of the Pro version.

By: | AMD Radeon GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Jan 26, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 8.0%Manufacturer: Gigabyte



Using the power of the ATI Radeon core, and having almost identical features to the Pro version, the Radeon 9700 standard is the perfect choice for those who can't afford the Pro version which comes in at about $100 US more.


With a little time, and four $1 ramsinks stuck onto the back of the 9700, without any problems you can run the same core and ram speed of the 9700 Pro. Imagine that, paying for a 9700 standard and getting obtaining 9700 Pro speeds. Core wise, you can overclock it to the same as the Pro, around 375-380Mhz, since it's the same core, just bios clocked slower. As for the memory, well that is another story - Since it is a higher latency type of chip; you will not get the same speeds as 2.2ns RAM on the Pro using 2.8ns on the standard 9700, all the same we managed 610Mhz out of the memory without ramsinks.


In all, the bundle is well thought out, with just one thing wrong with the card itself - no ramsinks on the back of the card. The only other problem is the latest 3.0 Catalyst drivers from ATI causing havoc, which ATI users should avoid at all costs at this point. Of course, this is beyond Gigabyte's hands, but it is one that you will want to consider when buying your new video card.


- Pros




Cheaper than Pro version


Can clock to same core and memory speeds as Pro


AGP 8x ready


Cheaper then Ti4600 cards


- Cons


Needs extra power connector


No ramsinks on back memory modules reduces (out of the box) overclocking


Rating: 8 out of 10


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