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Benjamin Sun
February 13, 2001

ATI Radeon 32mb DDR
ATI's Radeon puts the heat on NVIDIA! Read what we think about what all the RAGE is about.

For those that have enjoyed my Geforce 2 GTS and Voodoo 5 5500 reviews, this review will be more of the same. I don't generally like to base my reviews on benchmarks, and will  base my review on how games actually play instead of  doing Quake3 benchmarks ad nauseum.. If you want a bunch of Quake3 benchmarks please email me and I'll give you a bunch of them. A word about the comparison review should also be given at this time. Originally it was my intention to do a 3 card comparison review between the GTS, V5 and Radeon. Unfortunately , recent events have forced me to rethink the option of including the V5 since 3dfx has proposed to sell its assets to Nvidia and close its doors.  Due to the imminent closure of 3dfx, I cannot recommend the purchase of a card that has no possibility of further support.  On to happier things :). Let's get started on my Radeon review.

ATI released the Radeon series of videocards in July of 2000. At the time and today, it is the most feature packed videocard available for the general consumer gaming public.  With unique features like support for all 3 types of bumpmapping, 4 matrix vertex skinning,soft shadows , motion blur and support for 3 textures per pixel at full speed, the Radeon is , on paper, the most "future proof" videocard available.  The model being reviewed is the Radeon 32mb DDR version, which is default clocked at 164mhz.  My thanks to ATI for providing me with a sample to review.

There are several versions of the Radeon available for purchase from ATI. They include the 64mb DDR VIVO, the 64mb OEM, 32mb All in Wonder Radeon, 32mb DDR and 32mb SDR versions. All of the versions include 2 pixel pipelines with 3 texturing units. The 64MB VIVO is clocked at 183mhz , the rest of the cards are clocked currently at 164mhz.  Which brings us to the features of the Radeon.

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