ATI have slowly begun releasing benchmarking tests aiming to show that the RADEON 9700 PRO is the true nVidia slayer. Apparently nVidia will not stand idly by while ATI show supremacy and have released their own results of the NV30 trashing the Radeon 9700.
The first of ATI's results to hit the hardware world pit ATI's new baby against the fastest, currently available, of its rivals the GeForce 4 TI 4600 300/650. A summary table of those results can be found by following the screenshots tab above.
As you would expect from benchmarks released by ATI, the card formerly known as R300 makes a true killing, easily coming out top in most tests.
These results of course do not come as a surprise to anyone whoa has at least a basic knowledge of what is under the hood of the RADEON 9700 PRO.
The clocks in at 325 MHz for the graphics processor, and 620MHz for the 256 bit wide bus memory. This means the card can transfer about 20 GB/second from memory to the VPU, ATI's version of the GPU.
The card is comes with one DVI, one CRT and TV out ports and sports 128 MB of BGA (ball grid array) memory.
nVidia reply, apparently was the leaking of test results comparing the NV30 to the RADEON 9700 PRO. Thos results were first seen on the PCPOP web site, which however, does not support English readers. The reliability of those results comes into question when considering that there is no easy way to figure out on what kind of system the cards were setup. As we all know benchmark result manipulation is the favorite pass time of most harware manufacturers.
Even if the results are reliable their significance is also questionable considering they are comparing a card to be released in September to a chip which hasn't yet received an official release date. According to new information however, the NV30 is expected in early December, just in time for the holiday season.