New information is beginning to surface, concerning the market manifestation of ATI's R350 chip. According to the Inquirer.net, new boards, based on the chip will launch very soon and will bring the Radeon range to the 9800 mark. Both a PRO and a plain version will be made available.
The European launch of the cards will take place at CeBit, in Germany. The 256 Mb version of the card will be labeled the 9900, a PRO version will also be released, and will arrive just a short while after the 9800.
Clock speeds are expected to reach either the 375 or 400 MHz mark while the basic design will remain the same i.e. simple DDR memory at 375 MHz and 0.15 micron architecture. Despite the lack of change in its architecture the 9800 PRO is expected to be about 40 per cent faster than its predecessor, the 9700 PRO while it is expected to also defeat nVidia's GFX.
Since the card will retail in April, 2003, nVidia will have a very short stay in, what is proving to be, the red hot Graphics Throne.