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Wednesday, February 27, 2002

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IMG Previews the ATI Radeon 8500
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IMG has posted a hands-on preview if the card from ATI Technologies by by Michael Eilers, our third look at this card but the first to document actual hands-on experience.

Here's an excerpt:

For those who haven't read the previous two previews, here's a quick refresher: The ATI 8500 (developed under the code name R200) is ATI's answer to nVidia's GeForce3 series of cards, which were the first to offer a programmable GPU. An all-new chip built with a .15-micron process, the R200 is a radical break from previous ATI chips, yet it builds on a strong legacy of card technologies and enhancements. Besides the obvious increases in clock speed, memory speed, internal bandwidth and fill rate, the new chip supports the programmable features of DirectX 8.1 and OpenGL 1.3 which allow game designers to literally add new effects and special features to a graphics card on-the-fly, without having to wait for a driver update.

While mainstream games that actually use programmable shaders may still be 8-12 months away (or more!), it is obvious that any forward-looking gamer will have to put a programmable GPU on the shopping list if they want to enjoy future titles to their fullest.

Follow the link below for our latest preview of the Radeon 8500.

IMG Preview: Radeon 8500
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