Our bombshell report exploded onto the screens of our millions of faithful readers earlier this week as we informed everyone of the industries latest 3D powerhouse,
Details About Shipping Radeon Cards
Before we get into the benchmarking details, I'd like to share a bit of information with you that only reached us after the previous Radeon article. After I heard rumors saying that ATi's yields of Radeon chips running at 183 MHz are not quite ideal, I asked ATi and found out that the Radeon cards with 32 MB memory have the core clocked at 166 MHz and the memory at 166 MHz only, giving ATi the chance to use the more available and less expensive 6 ns DDR SDRAM for those cards. You can imagine that this will make the 32 MB cards significantly slower than the versions with 64 MB.
I also have to correct myself for saying that all current Radeon cards lack the video in/out, because this is not true. The 64 MB cards are coming with all of ATi's video in/out goodies, while the 32 MB versions don't.
Please keep those two things in mind when shopping around for a Radeon card. The ones with only 32 MB are definitely a stripped down version of the 64 MB cards, with less performance and less features.
|Radeon Card||Memory||Core Clock||Video Features||Suggested Retail Price|
|64 MB DDR||5.5 ns DDR SDRAM||183 MHz||Video In/Out||$399 US|
|32 MB DDR||6 ns DDR SDRAM||166 MHz||N/A||$279 US|
|32 MB SDR
(Shipping in September)
|6 ns SDR SDRAM||166 MHz||N/A||$199 US|