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Mainstream PCI Express Shootout - Radeon X700PRO vs. GeForce 6600GT

By: Shawn Baker | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Dec 2, 2004 5:00 am

Overview from ATI


ATI's RADEON X700 brings a richer visual experience to all your favorite PC activities - 3D gaming, watching movies and streaming video, Internet browsing, viewing and processing digital photos, or home office applications such as preparing multimedia presentations and spreadsheets. Whether upgrading or buying a new PC, the RADEON X700 will easily handle today's visual entertainment and workload with plenty of power in reserve for tomorrow's possibilities.


Full-throttle Gaming


Boost your game play performance with the visual power and instant response you need to get the most from any DirectX 9 and OpenGL title. RADEON X700 delivers beautifully rendered 3D animation for intense, interactive game play. Experience richer, more movie-quality visual effects than ever before with SMARTSHADER™ HD, the world's most advanced pixel shader engine. Experiment with your advanced 3D settings, and check the effect with a real-time 3D rendered preview. With up to 8 parallel pixel pipelines and 256 MB or 128 MB of high performance GDDR3 memory, the RADEON X700 has the muscle to meet the demands of today's fast-and-furious gaming, and tomorrow's new applications and operating systems.


Full-thrill Video


Enjoy the full visual impact of DVD movies with smoother, clearer, and more detailed video playback. ATI's VIDEOSHADER™ HD accelerates video processing and imaging with programmable pixel shaders for improved DVD playback and better multitasking while watching DVD video. FULLSTREAM™ sharpens image quality by removing blocky artifacts from streaming internet video. The RADEON X700 connects to your television using S-video and composite video outputs, and supports both High Definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD) modes for every type of available display.


Full-featured Software


ATI's award-winning CATALYST™ suite of software optimizes the graphics processor of the RADEON X700 while ensuring maximum stability and user control. CATALYST™ automatically sets optimal settings for your system and enables safe VPU (Visual Processing Unit) overclocking, and in the unlikely event of a graphics hang, ATI's VPU RECOVER automatically resets the graphics processor so you can continue without interruption or data loss. Featuring frequent updates, reliable customer service, and an interactive user feedback program, ATI's CATALYST™ software suite is backed by ATI's technical confidence, industry-leading capability, and uncompromising commitment to creating your ultimate visual experience.


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