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MacCentral on ATI Radeon AGP
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MacCentral's Jaap "jot" Tuinman has taken an in-depth look at ATI's newest offering for the Mac OS, the Radeon Mac Edition AGP. The article features compatibility tests, benchmarks and comparisons with the AGP Rage 128 Pro that comes installed with Apple's G4 series. The Radeon is now an $100 add-on option with all of Apple's G4 and Cube systems, and this article is an excellent way for potential buyers to determine if parting with that extra Ben Franklin is really necessary. The full retail version of the Radeon is already available for pre-order from many sources, and should be ready to ship within the next few weeks. Here is an excerpt from the review:

In the past, ATI have been much-maligned, and perhaps rightly
so. The Rage 128 Pro was well overdue for a replacement, and the
drivers took a long time to get sorted out. Luckily, the Radeon is
far from a half-hearted effort: the first-generation Radeon drivers
are stable, and the silicon packs a lot of potential that delivers
rock-solid performance in day to day use. There's no Full-Scene
Anti-Aliasing available in the Radeon drivers yet -- Apple needs to
add some further functionality to the OpenGL API before this can be
included on the Mac -- but between the 2D acceleration, the
frag-happy framerates in 32-bit, the DVD decoding and the nifty
video-out, the Radeon's a true contender, and a fantastic all-purpose
For more details on this blazing-fast card, check out the rest of the article. Watch for IMG's own assessment of the gaming potential of this card later this week.

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