The approach taken with the software is also somewhat confusing. Crucial includes the ATi MultiMedia Center v188.8.131.52 with the card. However, we were unable to get any picture from a DVD with this version and with Catalyst v2.03.
After installing the MMC, the desktop suddenly has a new quick-start bar that you can also deactivate, if you so desire.
Neither the manufacturers nor ATi offer updates for the MMC. The only update we found was a v184.108.40.206 on ATi's website. As expected, it didn't work together with the 9700 PRO. Perhaps this is the reason why Hercules, HIS and Gigabyte preferred to ship their cards with PowerDVD. This player software has no difficulties playing DVDs. Once we brought these problems to ATi's attention, they sent us a complete version of MultiMedia Center v220.127.116.11 that played DVDs flawlessly.
- Solid Front
- Image Quality
- What These Elite Candidates Have In Common
- Multimedia Bundle Software
- The Cards, Up Close & Personal
- Crucial Radeon 9700 PRO
- Gigabyte Maya II GV-R9700 PRO
- Hercules 3D Prophet 9700 PRO
- Hercules 3D Prophet 9700 PRO, Continued
- HIS Excalibur Radeon 9700 PRO
- Sapphire Radeon 9700 Atlantis PRO
- Max Payne
- Unreal Tournament 2003
- Jedi Knight II
- 3D Mark 2001 SE B330
- FSAA Tests
- Anisotrope Filtering
- FSAA + Anisotrope Filtering
- Overclocking Tests