Graphics Accelerators Based on Chips from ATI Technologies
The situation here is relatively cloudless: these products are clearly split into two major categories: high-end and mainstream. The first one includes RADEON 9800/PRO/XT, while the second one includes RADEON 9600/PRO/XT. Unfortunately, RADEON 9500 PRO has already been discontinued, however, we have just seen that this graphics adapter is a worthy competitor to RADEON 9600 XT and can even outperform the latter in some cases, namely when we play in high resolution with enabled FSAA and anisotropic filtering. RADEON 9600 XT also looks very progressive. Both these cards boast simple design, are very compact, do not require any additional power supply, dissipate little heat and work really fast in shader applications. I would recommend them to all of you who wish to play modern games, but do not have enough budget for a RADEON 9800.
As a rule these graphics cards feature very quiet coolers, because the 0.13micron chip they are based on, dissipates very little heat, even though its working frequency is 400-500MHz.
RADEON 9800 PRO is also a great choice for those who do not want to pay extra for the 256Mb of onboard graphics memory and slightly higher frequencies of the RADEON 9800 XT. In fact, 128MB of memory is more than enough for most games today, and the situation is very unlikely to change in the near future: these cards will last for at least another half a year for sure.
And those of you who wish to be at the top of the modern technology should definitely take a closer look at RADEON 9800 XT. This is the today’s top-notch solution in the 3D graphics market, which is perfectly fit for any type of games: older ones, new ones and the upcoming next generation ones. RADEON 9800 XT are manufactured mostly according to ATI’s reference design and use ATI Technologies’ reference cooling solution including a huge but surprisingly quiet fan. However, ASUS released its own home version of the RADEON 9800 XT with an even quieter and more efficient cooler, so if you care a lot about the noise level, you should definitely try it out.
All graphics cards based on ATI VPUs feel great in the heaviest graphics modes using full-screen anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering. That is why I have every right to recommend these cards to everybody who would like to enjoy high-quality image at a pretty high fps rate.
This way, we can conclude that graphics adapters based on NVIDIA GPUs are more suitable for:
- Professional gamers caring more about high fps rates rather than image quality;
- Those who are not interested in the next generation games;
- NVIDIA products fans :)
- Those who work with professional 3D applications.
The graphics solutions based on VPUs from ATI Technologies are more suitable for:
- Those who want to play with the highest image quality;
- Those who are following the progress in the computer games industry;
- Those who value the quietness.
In conclusion, let me point out the simple truth: we can only advise you to look into these or those products, but the final decision is made only by you, our readers. Enjoy your Christmas shopping!