"Wonders never cease..." That saying must have been going through the mind of someone from a well-known Canadian company, judging by the result. Just weeks after releasing the
Instead of using the fast R200 chip, this card is based around the smaller RV200. The RV200 is really nothing more than the original
The IEE1394 (Firewire) port was also dropped, most likely for cost reasons. The two cards do share some components, though: the 5nx Samsung memory and the ATi Rage Theater chip, responsible for video capturing and recording, can be found on both boards. While the 64MB RAM on the AIW 7500 is only clocked at 360MHz (DDR), the AIW 8500 DV's memory runs at a full 380MHz (DDR). The R200 chip itself runs at 260MHz.