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Old 2nd October, 2001, 01:34 AM
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Opinions on new Radeon R200/8500 card

As people start ordering and actually play with these new cards, I thought it appropriate we start a thread for discussion and inevitable comparison. besides, Pinky wants to know if selling his GF3 was really a good move .


Graphics controller
RADEON™ 8500 graphics processing unit (GPU)

Memory configuration
64MB of double data rate memory

Operating systems support
Windows® 98/98SE
Windows® Me
Windows® 2000
Windows® XP (support available when OS ships)

Monitor support
CRT Monitor: 15-pin VGA connector
TV and VCR: s-video or composite connector
DVI-I (flat panel display) connector

Display support
Register compatible with VGA
BIOS compatible with VESA for super VGA
DDC1/2b/2b+ monitor support
VESA Display Power Management Support
Separate horizontal and vertical synchronization at TTL levels


DirectX® 8.1 support
OpenGL® 1.3
SMOOTHVISION™ anti-aliasing
High Performance Memory Support
Dual Display Support
Integrated Transformation, Clipping and Lighting
Twin Cache Architecture
SuperScalar Rendering
Single-Pass Multi-texturing
True Color Rendering
Triangle Setup Engine
Texture Cache
Bilinear/Trilinear Filtering
Line & Edge Anti-aliasing
Full-Screen Anti-aliasing
Texture Compositing
Texture Decompression
Specular Highlights
Perspectively Correct Texture Mapping
Z-buffering and Double-buffering
Emboss, Dot Product 3 and Environment bump mapping
Spherical, Dual-Paraboloid and Cubic environment mapping
Fog effects, texture lighting, video textures, reflections, shadows, spotlights, LOD biasing and texture morphing

3-year limited warranty

2D display modes: resolutions, colors and maximum refresh rates (Hz) in 256, 65K or 16.7M colors

Monitor Resolution Hz
640x480 200
800x600 200
1024x768 200
1152x864 200
1280x1024 160
1600x1200 120
1920x1080 120
1920x1200 100
1920x1440 90
2048x1536 85

Maximum 3D resolutions

65K colors 2048x1536
16.7M colors 2048x1536
Resolutions and refresh rates are subject to change

Anandtech review:

"The 0.15-micron core is clocked at 250MHz, a full 37% higher than the 183MHz clock of its 0.18-micron predecessor. Unlike the R100 core, the R200 features four rendering pipelines (instead of two), giving it a 1 Gigapixel/s fill rate vs. the 366 Megapixels/s fill rate of the R100."

"The memory controller runs the memory at 275MHz DDR, which offers 8.8GB/s of peak memory bandwidth."
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