ATi kontert mit Radeon 9800 Pro mit 256 MB

Thomas Hübner
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Als Antwort auf die Vorstellung des GeForce FX 5900 Ultra hat ATI heute bekannt gegeben, dass man mit der Auslieferung der Radeon 9800 Pro mit auf 256 MB verdoppelten Grafikspeicher begonnen hat. Im Gegensatz zu bisher setzt ATi nun jedoch ebenfalls erstmalig auf DDR2 Speicher.

Dieser taktet nun mit 350 MHz, wohingegen der Speicher auf der Radeon 9800 Pro mit 128 MB nur mit 340 MHz betrieben wird. Wie erste Tests zeigen, ist die neue Karte jedoch kaum schneller wie ihr Vorgänger, kostet mit 499 US-Dollar allerdings deutlich mehr. Genauer gesagt ist ihr empfohlener Verkaufspreis genauso hoch, wie der, der nVidias GeForce FX 5900 Ultra.

Weiteres dazu kann der Pressemeldung entnommen werden:

MARKHAM, Ontario/ Munich, Germany - May 12, 2003 - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) is now shipping its RADEON(tm) 9800 PRO visual processing unit (VPU) with 256MB of fast DDR-2 (double data rate-2) memory. The RADEON(tm) 9800 PRO 256MB -available in limited quantities to OEM, retail and online customers - is the most advanced 3D performer available, delivering to hardcore gamers the immersive and cinematic experience they crave.

The RADEON(tm) 9800 PRO 256MB delivers full quality at full speed all the time. Built on the highly successful RADEON 9800 PRO architecture, the chip features eight full precision pipelines that provide the brute force and agility needed to render real-time, Hollywood-caliber graphics. The additional memory provided in this new board significantly increases performance at the highest resolution and quality settings. The RADEON(tm) 9800 PRO 256MB sets a new standard in 3D entertainment, allowing users to experience cinematic rendering on their PCs.

"ATI continues to blaze the trail in the graphics industry," says Peter Edinger, Vice President and Managing Director ATI Technologies (Europe) GmbH. "We were the first to support full Direct X 9.0 and OpenGL(tm) 2.0, the first and still the only VPU provider to offer eight dedicated pipelines of rendering power and, with the RADEON(tm) 9800 series, we became the first to bring second-generation VPUs to consumers. ATI keeps offering consumers greater power and features."

The RADEON 9800 PRO's 256-bit memory interface provides the bandwidth for real-time 3D graphics and ensures that high-resolution textures and characters are rendered precisely. Exquisite image quality is not at the expense of performance.

The RADEON 9800 PRO 256MB graphics powerhouse is available for $499 USD. For more information on ATI's partners or products, please visit