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Preview: ATI's All In Wonder 9700 PRO

Introduction, Continued

Until now, the biggest drawback of All In Wonder cards was their 3D performance, which was lower compared to the standard cards with the same chip. In the past ATI used slower, and therefore cheaper, memory chips on the AIWs. Coupled with the lower core clock speed, this led to degraded 3D performance. Those times are finally over - the All In Wonder 9700 now runs at the same memory and core speeds as the standard Radeon 9700 PRO.

Below, you can see how the All In Wonder 9700 PRO compares to its predecessors:

Chip NameATI AIW RADEON 7500ATI AIW RADEON 8500 DVATI AIW RADEON 8500ATI AIW 9700 PRO
CoreRV200R200R200R300
Manuf. Process0.15 Micron0.15 Micron0.15 Micron0.15 Micron
Chipclock260 MHz230 MHz275 MHz325 MHz
Memoryclock360 MHz (DDR)380 MHz (DDR)550 MHz (DDR)620 MHz (DDR)
Memory TypeSGRAMSGRAMSGRAMBGA
Memory Bus128Bit DDR128Bit DDR128Bit DDR256Bit DDR
Memory Size64 MB64 MB128 MB128 MB
RAMDAC (S)2x 400 MHz2x 400 MHz2x 400 MHz2x 400 MHz
Bus interfaceAGP 1x/2x/4xAGP 1x/2x/4xAGP 1x/2x/4xAGP 1x/2x/4x/8x
T&L2rd Generation3rd Generation3rd Generation4th Generation
DirectX GenerationDX7DX8DX8DX9
Pixel ShaderNoYesYesYes
Vertex ShaderNoYes (2)Yes (2)Yes (4)
TruformNoYesYesYes
Render Pipelines2448
Textures per Pipe3331
TV-TunerYesYesYesYes
Video In / OutYesRage TheaterYesRage TheaterYesRage TheaterYesTheater 200
TV-Out DualViewYesYesYesYes
IEEE 1394 FirewireNoYesNoNo
Remote ControllYes (RF)Yes (RF)Yes (RF)Yes (RF)
PriceOfficial: $149Official: $199Official: $299Less than $500