New 9800 PRO 256 DDR II Plays H-L 2

ATI, always on the lookout to spoil one of nVidia's parties, have just announced that they are shipping the Radeon 9800 PRO with 256 mb of DDR II memory. But the Canadians were not content with just that and also announced that they will be previewing the new board running Half-Life 2 at E3 this week. ATI is now shipping its RADEON 9800 PRO visual processing unit (VPU) with 256MB of fast DDR-2 (double data rate-2) memory. The RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB will be available in limited quantities to OEM, retail and online customers.

The RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB delivers full quality at full speed all the time. Built on the highly successful RADEON 9800 PRO architecture, the chip features eight full precision pipelines that provide the brute force and agility needed to render real-time, Hollywood-caliber graphics. The additional memory provided in this new board significantly increases performance at the highest resolution and quality settings. The RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB sets a new standard in 3D entertainment, allowing users to experience cinematic rendering on their PCs.

ATI continues to blaze the trail in the graphics industry, says Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc. We were the first to support full Direct X 9.0 and OpenGL 2.0, the first and still the only VPU provider to offer eight dedicated pipelines of rendering power and, with the RADEON™ 9800 series, we became the first to bring second-generation VPUs to consumers. ATI keeps offering consumers greater power and features.

The RADEON 9800 PRO's 256-bit memory interface provides the bandwidth for real-time 3D graphics and ensures that high-resolution textures and characters are rendered precisely. Exquisite image quality is not at the expense of performance.

The RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB graphics powerhouse is available for USD 499.

ATI and Valve, creators of Half-Life, Counter-Strike and other award-winning PC action games, today announced the first public showing of Valve's Half-Life 2 will take place at next week's Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, CA. The product will be shown on ATI's RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB, the highest performance 3D card currently available, in a state of the art theater located in ATI's booth (South Hall, 646).

Half-Life 2, published by Vivendi Universal Games, will be demonstrated by Gabe Newell, Valve's co-founder and Managing Director, every half-hour. The original Half-Life was launched to tremendous reviews in 1998, won over 50 Game of the year awards worldwide, and launched a franchise with over 8 million units sold.

Half-Life 2 is pushing the envelope with contextual AI, simulated physics, characters that rival any digital actors in Hollywood, and advanced rendering capabilities, said Newell. When we reviewed all the platforms available for use in the public unveiling of HL2, ATI's RADEON 9800 PRO was unquestionably the choice for showing Half-Life 2 at its best.

This is the most significant game of 2003, said Rick Bergman, General Manager Desktop and Senior Vice President, Marketing, at ATI Technologies Inc. Half-Life 2 will be huge, and the amazing technology Valve has put into the game engine means we'll see a tidal wave of gorgeous-looking products from Valve and others, such as Troika, who chose Valve Source technology as the base for their next generation products.

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New 9800 PRO 256 DDR II Plays H-L 2

Advantage nVidia: nVidia has just about caught up to the Radeon 9800 on current-generation games, and appears to have a strong shader performance outlook for upcoming games. The 5900 Ultra clearly won our 3DMark03 testing. But that's a synthetic benchmark, albeit one with plenty of DX8/DX9 shader code.Advantage ATI: In our game tests, which are by and large DX7-class content, the outcome is a decidedly mixed bag, although in the final score, the Radeon 9800 Pro has outlasted the 5900 Ultra, particularly at the grueling 1600x1200 test resolution. Add to the mix that ATI will likely bring out a Radeon 9800 Pro running on 0.13-micron, with an engine clock that could go from 375MHz to upwards of 450MHz, and ATI would appear to have the high-end performance situation well in hand.So close both cards. What to buy.

New 9800 PRO 256 DDR II Plays H-L 2

Editor's Note: ATI has launched their 256MB RADEON 9800 PRO today, coinciding with the FX 5900 Ultra launch. The performance of the two cards are being tested by various sites and what we're seeing is that the two cards trade blow for blow, with either card winning in various tests. We're hoping to include our own comparison in the near future.

New 9800 PRO 256 DDR II Plays H-L 2

On to something different. They just released the xp3200 Barton chip."If anything illustrates the flaws in AMD's processor naming scheme, it's the 3200+. While the added memory bandwidth offers up substantial improvements in a number of tests, most of our benchmarks indicate that the 3200+ only offers incremental improvements over the 3000+. In many cases, it simply can't keep up with the Pentium 4 3.0GHz running with an 800MHz (effective) FSB"AMD. PLEASE RELEASE THE HAMMER CHIPSET NOW!!!!!!!!

New 9800 PRO 256 DDR II Plays H-L 2

hmm well then now if i can only get the $800 bucks needed for this card i would be able to get one... THIS is really BS i mean any one notice that grafic cards have been getting more and more expensive its just crap and lack of competition that drives thease prices up. Soon it will be cheaper to buy a whole computer then the grafix card if it only where not already true Grabarge I tell ya, garbage

New 9800 PRO 256 DDR II Plays H-L 2

Overall, when judging image quality, we have to give the hat to the 9800 Pro. There isn’t a huge noticeable difference in the Anisotropic quality, even though ATI’s may not be filtering certain angles "correctly". Most games have straight 90 degree angles or long hallways or ceilings or walls, etc. At 16XAF the ATI 9800 Pro 256MB looks awesome in games like Medal of Honor or Battlefield 1942. On the 9800 Pro 256MB we did not notice as many jaggies whereas on the 5900 Ultra, aliasing is quite apparent when you are given a static screen shot to gaze at. Where it is really important is duing movement in gameplay. We are going to look further into this with some following subjective opinion articles. Given those facts, the 9800 Pro still holds the IQ crown, but NVIDIA is right behind them. If they can improve their AA to match the likes of gamma correction and rotating grid or jittered grid, then the tables would most likely turn...or rotate in this case.Looking at performance between the two cards, we found that in Unreal Tournament 2003 the GeForceFX 5900 Ultra was on top in Antalus, but the Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB led in Inferno. However, CTF-Face3 showed what all that memory bandwidth can do on the GeForceFX 5900 Ultra. In a very memory bandwidth intensive situation the 5900 Ultra will excel. Serious Sam showed the 5900 Ultra on top as well. Splinter Cell was more interesting, showing the 9800 Pro 256MB card leading and by a good margin. The demo we ran is a demanding Pixel Shader oriented benchmark, and perhaps the 9800 Pro still has the faster shader speed. Quite possibly in the scene we focused on, one type of shader was being used that favored the 9800.It almost seems like in every benchmark the cards go back and forth, dancing around each other. One map will run one card faster, another map will run the other one. One resolution shows a card faster, another resolution shows the other fast. It makes deciding which is the fastest card a very hard decision.

New 9800 PRO 256 DDR II Plays H-L 2

ATI just taped out their new R350 core of chips on 0.13 micron die size and 0.15. Expect to see those and the revamped 9800pro right alone the 5900Ultra in june or late June. Were all gonna be broke. lol Good time to buy a 9700pro now!!!

New 9800 PRO 256 DDR II Plays H-L 2

things can only run so fast and the picture can only get so sharp until its unnoticeable. i would never buy a 500 dollar card, they only make them so expensive because they know people will buy them, just to say they have it, or own bragging rights.

New 9800 PRO 256 DDR II Plays H-L 2

I agree with dead assasin. You must be a complete loon if you cant wait 3+ months to buy a top of the line GFX card. You would probably save you self £150+ at the rate these cards are popping out at the mo! Anyhow my All-In-Wonder coupled with 64mb of RAM and a PII 266 do me just fine lolI just got a question. Would you see any noticeable differences between the cards on a moderate spec pc? All the benchmarks are done on top of the line stuff, which most people havent got.

New 9800 PRO 256 DDR II Plays H-L 2

DOMINATEU ntil when? Mid or late June? Because the new 9800pro with higher clock speeds and extra tmu per pipeline will be out the same time as the 5900Ultra. And then the refresh of the R350 core in July. This thing is Never going to end. LOL.

New 9800 PRO 256 DDR II Plays H-L 2

i agree, the companies are great, but there going to keep pushing the limits until they cant push anymore. soon enough there going to have to turn to virtual reality, since they have almost topped actual picture preciseness at high speeds.

New 9800 PRO 256 DDR II Plays H-L 2

weeeeeeeeee dogy i reckon yall think your hot shit with them vidia cards,i gots news fo you. My card the Raging Red Neck pro is gonna swamp all them city boys, it uses RRI x8, that's raging redneck incest x8 fo yall ignants. And has tu hundred and fity six mega sisters out dual mud ram, with advance ed 2.0 chew tabaccy shiesters for good lookin wata. I's sellin it for fo hundred dolla, or yous hook me up with your sister and wees call it even, i reckon.

New 9800 PRO 256 DDR II Plays H-L 2

Yo man, lemme just holla to all my homey's right fast, J dog, that was some trill shit we did to that white hoe last night, she was all up on my balls like a clogged crackpipe. And CG, keep talkin that shit and i'll come knock on your door with intentions to replace your grill with my fist. Aight now thats out the way.I got the bomb shit up at my house, f**k that stupid cracka below he aint got shit on my shit. I got a pound of bud taped on my video cards, so when you buy it, you smoke it, then you play it nigga, it's the Home Slice Pro wit 128 mb of chronic ram, it's the bomb shit believe dat. It's got features you aint even heard of yet, like White Devil Killer 3.0 , Cracka Shading 2.1, and features full 187 support. Gimme a call on my cell, late.

New 9800 PRO 256 DDR II Plays H-L 2

OK...if anyone read my post before, i will restate it in SIMPLER terms, READ the article (PAST) at tomshardware.com, if youll notice the benchmarks are NOT accurate, Nvidia is using its latest set of drivers for its latest card. Meanwhile ATI's 9800 is using later, Older Catalyst drivers NOT meant for that card, Catalyst 3.2 instead of 3.4, you want some realbenchmarks, wait until they release a new statement with Current drivers. The 9800 128 MB version will be on top...I cant imagine this baby's score with DDRII and 256mb of Ram, Hope Nvidia enjoyed the almost 2 day speed crown...earned thru cheating i might add.

New 9800 PRO 256 DDR II Plays H-L 2

Driftdude get a lifethe 9800 pro 256 with new drivers is still 500 points begind the fx 5900 256 check your info and stop being an ATI fan boynvidia is 3 times the size of ATI an if nvidia wanted to wipe the flor with them they could

New 9800 PRO 256 DDR II Plays H-L 2

Who care currently for 256meg ?None games put they performance for 128megs.... they will not change it for the 256megsWe should wait 1years for that... ---> Blame, poor people like me cannot spend 800$ for a video card !The best move, is WAIT !maybe they will do another move like the 9500NoPro eheh !

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