ATI Radeon9200SE Pictures from the picture paradise

Posted on Wednesday, July 23 2003 @ 17:38 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
We already reported that the Radeon9200SE will be officialy introduced within a few days, and now Akiba has put some pictures on their website of a retail version of the Sapphire Radeon 9200SE Atlantis.

The 9200SE from ATI is a toned down 9200, with lower memory bandwidth of 64-bit (versus 128-bit for the 9200) and lower core clock speed of 200MHz (versus 250MHz). Remarkable is that even a PCI version of this 3D card is avaible! A quick search on pricegrabber learned me that a normal 9200 card retails for about $62 to $85 depending on the specifications and model. Obviously with toned down specifications the 9200SE will even cost less, which possibly makes this a very good budget card. In Japan the price is 6700 Yen which is around $56.

When we take a look on the Radeon9200SE one of the first things that catches the eye is the core. On most 3D cards we expect a big powerfull cooler to be on it, but with this 3D card this is clearly not the case, it is as good as naked. It does not have a fan, and even further it does not even has a heatsink! Probally this low-profile card runs very cool. This is for me really a rare thing to see because almost all recently released 3D cards had at least a heatsink the dissipate the heat.

I do not know much about his performance at the moment, but I assume that this will be a good card for the low budget user which does not desires a lot of graphical power and does wants to have a quiet system. This card is obviously slower than the Radeon 9800/9700/9600/9500 series, and it is the slowest of the 9200 line,but the fan/heatsink less design still makes it a little bit interesting I think. Also this card could be nice for in mini/hometheater PC's because of the low heat production. But I would wait for a few reviews on this card before actual buying one.

Source : Akiba

Update : I have sended an email to Sapphire to ask some details about what they think the temperatures of this 3D card will be during a few different situations like : idle/playing a DVD/heavy load. Hopefully I will get a reply soon.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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