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Friday, August 25, 2000
ATI Radeon Available for Pre-Order
9:50 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

The debacle between Steve Jobs and Apple's graphics card supplier ATI left many wondering if their latest high-end graphics card, the Radeon series, would ever make it to our platform. Here at IMG we never had a doubt -- even a Steve temper tantrum can't shake an entire product strategy -- and now the Radeon Mac edition has begun to show up as a pre-order product at online stores. While the future of this card as an OEM option is still in doubt, it will be available to purchase in the near future.

CDW lists the Radeon at $248.00 US; this is a 32-MB card with VGA and DVI (digital flat panel) support, available in both AGP and PCI. ATI's 3D solutions are single-chip boards at present, with all the buzzword features 3D companies love to throw around -- hardware transform and lighting, texture compression, cubic environment mapping and support for full-scene anti-aliasing. The PC version of these cards falls almost exactly in the middle between the NVIDIA GeForce 2 and the 3dfx Voodoo5 5500 in terms of performance, beating the V5 soundly at high resolutions.

Here is a list of the card's specs and a description from the web store:

Powered by the RADEON graphics processing unit (GPU)

Charisma Engine™; Integrated Transform, Clipping and Lighting (TCL)

32MB of powerful double data rate (DDR) memory

DVI-I for Digital Flat Panel and VGA support


Full OpenGL®, QuickDraw™ 3D, and QuickTime™ support

AGP bus for AGP 2X systems (66MHz or 33MHz)

PCI bus for PCI Macs (66MHz or 33MHz)

RADEON Mac Edition was designed to offer discerning Mac users such as high-end content creators and gaming enthusiasts the most advanced 3D graphics processing available. 32MB of powerful Double Data Rate(DDR) SDRAM memory, give you eye-popping photo-realism. With the most advanced set of 3D capabilities RADEON brings games to life with, fluid movement, rich textures and photo-realistic images, without compromising speed

RADEON uses ATI's Charisma Engine™ a transform and lighting unit, for faster frame rates and extensive graphics texture processing - mandatory for today's ultimate 3D game experience. With incredible textures, color depths, and up to 30 million triangles/second, animation is life-like and fluid. RADEON™ gives your Mac the graphics stamina for the best 3D gaming performance with incredible visual quality.

Two very interesting details on this list are the inclusion of TV-out support, a very attractive option for those who like to watch DVDs on a big screen, and support for QuickDraw 3D RAVE, which will preserve compatibility with older games.

We've collected several links below that might be of interest from past coverage of this card, and several reviews conducted on the PC side. We look forward to getting our hands on a Mac version of this card in the near future, and of course we will bring you all the details when that occurs. By all accounts this card will be available to the public in September.

ATI Radeon Graphics Guide at Tom's Hardware
ATI Radeon Pre-order at CDW
ATI Mac Radeon Press Release
ATI Takes Blame for Leak
Radeon Review at GameCenter

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