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ATI his upcoming R360 chip to be called the Radeon 9800XT

Posted on Tuesday, September 02 2003 @ 10:43:20 CEST by

ATI finally announced what the name of their R360 chipset will be ; The Radeon 9800XT.

ATI had two names for this technology from the beginning. One was Radeon 9900 PRO the only step left for this generation of cards, and the other the Radeon 9800XT.

From the very beginning, ATI decided to name the re-spin of the chip based on its performance. So it didn't feel it could call it the Radeon 9900 PRO if it wasn't acting as one.

At last year's Computex, Gigabyte and ATI played with the Radeon 8500XT name, clocked at 300MHz rather than the standard 275MHz. So it's built on that concept.

The Radeon 9800XT will end up at 425MHz+ for the chip and 700MHz for memory and there are likely to be DDR I and DDR II cards, it appears.

425MHz and more for a 0.15ยต (micron) chip seems like a real engineering challenge. Increasing the speed from 325MHz for R300 to 425MHz for R360 is also quite a challenge.

Source : The Inquirer


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Re: ATI his upcoming R360 chip to be called the Radeon 9800XT
by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 03 2003 @ 11:23:55 CEST
Will this R360 card be faster than a Geforce FX 5900 Ultra? In every benchmark?

  • Reply by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 03 2003 @ 13:18:56 CEST

    The ATI Radeon 9800 PRO and GeForce FX 5900 Ultra is somewhat a neck to neck race.

    The R360 will be faster than the 9800 PRO, but don't forget that NVIDIA has an answer for the ATI R360, namely the NV38


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