ATI RADEON 9800 PRO
ATI RADEON 9800 PRO (R350) used to be the fastest graphics chip from ATI until ATI RADEON 9800 XT (R360) arrived. In fact, RADEON 9800 XT is none other but an officially overclocked RADEON 9800 PRO.
When RADEON 9800 XT took over the title of the ATI performance leader from the predecessor, the prices of the solutions based on “outdated” ATI chips went down quite noticeably. The today’s pricing situation allows positioning NVIDIA’s GeForce FX 5900 as a competitor to RADEON 9800 PRO and not RADEON 9800 XT any more.
This graphics chip in our today’s roundup will be represented by a graphics card from Sapphire:
Well, there is nothing extraordinary I should say: the card follows RADEON 9800 PRO reference design, features a standard cooling system onboard, 128MB of DDR SDRAM graphics memory from Samsung with 2.8ns cycle time (SAMSUNG K4D263238e-GC2A). The graphics processor and the graphics memory work at the nominal frequencies of 380MHz and 680MHz respectively.
I wouldn’t call the overclocking potential of this card very impressive: the graphics card managed to work at the maximum of 420MHz for the chip and 720MHz for the memory. As a result, the overclocked RADEON 9800 PRO graphics core appeared only a little bit faster than the RADEON 9800 XT graphics core working at its nominal frequency, while the graphics memory of the PRO version was only 10MHz behind the graphics memory of the XT.