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Wednesday, February 4, 2004
ATI Radeon 9700 Mobility Previewed
8:22 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Hardware tech site AnandTech has posted a preview of ATI's latest mobility graphics chip, the Mobility Radeon 9700. Code named M11, the 9700 uses ATI's R360 architecture and looks to springboard off of the popular Mobility 9600.

ATI tells us that their customers are going to implement the Mobility Radeon 9700 with core clocks in the range of 390MHz to 450MHz, while the memory clocks will run in the range of 200MHz to 260MHz. One of the big design wins for ATI runs slightly above the memory range, which ATI is more or less mandating to their customers. This suggests that the aim for ATI in core clock will remain 450MHz, while the memory clock is something like 275MHz, since ATI and NVIDIA traditionally announce "official" clocks that are in 25MHz derivatives.
Besides breaking down the naming choice of the 9700 in exhaustive detail, the preview also provides a variety of benchmark tests, using titles such as Halo and Call of Duty to measure performance differences between the 9700 and the 9600. In comparison, Nvidia's current laptop market share is also briefly discussed.

Though several laptop manufacturers were named as being carriers of the 9700, Apple was not listed among them. However, given the fact that the 9600 is a current option for Apple's PowerBooks, we're pretty confident that the 9700 will eventually make its way over as well.

AnandTech - ATI's Mobility Radeon 9700 - What's in a name?

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