Skip to main content

Strike Force: The new ATI Radeon 9800, 9600 and 9200 Series

Radeon 9800, Continued

The most obvious visual changes compared to the 9700 have been to the board layout. The Radeon 9800 board is slightly longer, making it look less cluttered overall. The auxiliary power connector now uses a four-pin Molex plug, which feels much more stable than the previous three-pin floppy power plug found on 9700 boards. The new review board also sports a new heat sink/fan combination.

ATI Radeon 9700 PROATI Radeon 9800 PRONVIDIA GeForceFX 5800 Ultra
Chip Technology256-bit256-bit256-bit
Process0.15 Micron0.15 Micron0.13 Micron
Transistors~107 Million~107 Million (?)125 Million
Memory Bus256-bit DDR256-bit DDR/DDR2128-bit DDR2
Memory Bandwidth19.8 GB/s21.8 GB/s16 GB/s
Pixel Fillrate2.6 Gigapixel/s3.04 Gigapixel/s~4 Gigapixel/s
Anti Aliased Fillrate15.6 Billion AA Samples/s18.2 Billion AA Samples/s~16 Billion AA Samples/s
Max FSAA Mode6x6x8x
Triangle Transform Rate325 M Triangles/s380 M Triangles/s350 M Triangles/s
AGP Bus1x/2x/4x/8x1x/2x/4x/8x1x/2x/4x/8x
Memory128/256 MB128/256 MB128/256 MB
GPU Clock325 MHz380 MHz~500 MHz
Memory Clock310 MHz (620 DDR)340 MHz (680 DDR)500 MHz (1000 DDR2)
MemoryBGA 2.9 ns?BGA 2.0ns
Vertex Shader44FP Array
Pixel Pipelines888 (4x2)
Texture Units Per Pipe111
Textures per Texture Unit8816
Vertex S. Version222.0+
Pixel S. Version222.0+
DirectX Generation999.0 (+)
FSAA ModiMultiSamplingMultiSamplingMultiSampling
Memory OptmizationsHyper Z IIIHyper Z III+LMA II OptimizedColor Compression
OptmizationsSmartShader 2.0SmoothVision 2.0SmartShader 2.1SmoothVision 2.1IntelliSample
Display Outputs222
Chip Internal Ramdacs2 x 400 MHz2 x 400 MHz2 x 400 MHz
Chip External Ramdacs---
Bits per Color Channel101010
SpecialTV Encoder On-Chip; FullStreamAdaptive FilteringTV Encoder On-Chip; FullStreamAdaptive FilteringF-BufferTV Encoder On-ChipExtended ProgammabilityAdaptive Filtering
Estimated Price$399 (old price)$399$399