ATI Radeon 9600 Pro Review

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ATI Radeon 9600 Pro Review


http://www.tech
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report.com/reviews/2003q2/radeon
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9600pro/index.x?pg=1


We were thoroughly impressed with the Radeon 9500 Pro and the card has been our mid
-
range graphics
card pick ever since. Along the way, NVIDIA has
introduced

GeForce FX 5600,
but those cards have yet to materialize in retail. In fact, only a small number of GeForce FX 5600
reviews
were published

onto the web, and it doesn't look like the card
is

a serio
us
alternative

of

the Radeon 9500 Pro.

Still, without a readily available competitor for the Radeon 9500 Pro, ATI has decided to
refresh its mid
-
range offering a new card, the Radeon 9600 Pro, based on the new RV350 GPU.
The RV350 features all the swanky
DirectX 9 features y
o
u'd expect from one of ATI's latest
Radeons, but it has only half as many pixel pipelines, pixel and vertex
shaders

as the R
V
3
0
0 chip
in the 9
7
00 Pro. Of course, the Radeon 9600 Pro isn't totally neutered. The 0.13
-
micron RV350
GPU run
s at a cool 400MHz, which is
more

even
than
ATI's flagship Radeon 9800 Pro.

Has ATI juggled pixel pipelines and clock speeds well enough for the Radeon 9600 Pro
to inherit the mid
-
range graphics leader mantle from its sibling? Keep reading to find out.

W
hat's different?

The biggest news behind ATI's RV350 graphics chip is, perhaps, the 0.13
-
micron process
technology being used to fabricate the chip. The move to a 0.13
-
micron process allows ATI to fit
more chips on a silicon wafer, which should make the RV
350 a more profitable chip than its
predecessors if yields are good. Moving to a 0.13
-
micron process also decreases the RV350's
power requirements, so cards built using the chip won't need auxiliary power connectors
like
high
-
end graphic cards
and should r
un cooler than equivalent chips built using 0.15
-
micron
technology.

Of course, a 0.13
-
micron manufacturing process doesn't guarantee a cool
-
running
graphics chip

just look at GeForce FX 5800 Ultra. Fortunately, the RV350 does run cool. The
Radeon 9600 Pro
has one of the smallest active GPU heat sink/fan combos I've ever seen. In fact,
I'd bet the chip will run at its full clock speed
of 400Mhz
with only a slightly beefier passive heat
sink.

Apart from the process technology used in its fabrication, the RV3
50 is very similar to
ATI's R300 chip, which powers the Radeon 9500 and 9700 lines. The RV350 has full support for
DirectX 9,
and

pixel and vertex shader
s

versions 2.0. However, the 9600 incorporates some
performance
tricks

from ATI's new R350 GPU
,

used in
the Radeon 9800 Pro. There are a few
key differences between the old R300 and the new RV350.



Memory controller optimizations
-

Like the Radeon 9500 Pro, the Radeon 9600
Pro's memory bus is 128 bits wide, but the memory controllers used with each card are
quite
different. Because the R300 was originally designed for the Radeon 9700 Pro's 256
-
bit memory
bus, the chip didn't make very efficient use of the Radeon 9500 Pro's 128
-
bit memory bus. For
the Radeon 9600 Pro, ATI has specifically optimized the RV350's

memory controller for a 128
-
bit memory. As a result, the Radeon 9600 Pro should make more efficient use of its available
memory bandwidth than the Radeon 9500 Pro.

8:1 Z
-
compression
-

The RV350 is ATI's first graphics chip to use 8:1 Z
-
compression,
which

should make the Radeon 9600 Pro even more efficient when it comes to memory
bandwidth usage. By comparison, ATI's R300 GPU peaked at a 6:1 Z
-
compression ratio.





Graphic adapter = video card = graphic card



part of computer, which is responsible to al
l
pictures that you see

M
id
-
range



middle range, between high
-
end and low
-
end (graphic cards)

GPU



Graphic Processor Unit, it is the “brain” of each video card

Swanky



new,
fashionable
, smart

DirectX 9



The newest version of that part of Windows 98/200
/Me/Xpq, which is required for
playing computer, games.

Pixel pipelines



rendering
conveyer
, part of video card, which is responsible to its performance.

Pixel shaders



part of video card, which is responsible to some visual effects

Vertex shaders



part

of video card, which is responsible to calculating some geometric figures

Neutered

-

some of the feature are removed, without some possibilities

Flagship



the best product of one
series

Juggle
-

modify, make different

Clock speed



speed of GPU

Mantle



down, robe

Sibling



familiar, brother

Fabricate



produce

Chip



part, which is responsible for some calculations (chip=GPU in this case)

Silicon wafer



silicon

lamella

used for producing chips

Profitable



advantageous

Yield



crop
, production

Auxiliary

power connectors



connectors, which are used for
additional
power supply

GPU heat sink/fan combos



cooler, that part is used to decrease GPU’s temperature, active
cooler systems use fans, passive
-

only metal radiator.

Beefier



плътен, набит, пресован

Floating

point data types



types of mathematics data


float

numbers in programming for
example

Incorporates



include

Memory

controller = memory bus

-

part, which carries out for communications between GPU
and memory

Memory ban
dwidth



characteristic
of video cars, which mean how many bits (nowadays GB/s)
can pass
through

the memory for one second


Z
-
compression



type of data compression, which makes your video card faster

















1.

My video card is too hot, I must buy

new__________.

2.

The new__________of Ferrari is the fastest car in the world.

3. I haven’t enough money to buy the fastest computer, that’s why I’m going to
buy___________one.

4. If you want to increase your GPU speed you must increase its__________.

5. If

you want to play that game you must install the latest version of____________.


Flagship, DirectX, Mid
-
range, clock speed,

GPU fan

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1.

The clock speed of ATI R
adeon 9600 is the fastest in whole production of ATI. ____

2.

GeForce FX 5800 Ultra isn’t hotter than Radeon 960 Pro. ____

3.

You need additional connectors to install ATI Radeon 9800. ____

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Are you interested in graphic adapters and what’s your favorite one?

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Answers: 1 GPU fan ;

2 flagship
;
3 mid
-
range
;
4 clock speed
;
5 DirectX


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