CPU Prices

RAM Prices

Compare Prices

Sharky Extreme : Video cards September 21, 2008

Be a Marketplace Partner

 Advertising Info

About the Double-Underlined Links

 - Most Active Threads
 - Technical Support
 - CPUs & Overclocking

Latest News

- Lenovo Unveils Next-Generation Technology with Six New ThinkVision Monitors
- Logitech Delivers the Omnidirection Z-5 Speaker Set
- BFG Introduces Three New MAXCORE GeForce GTX 260 Cards
- OCZ Enters the Ring with their Gladiator and Gladiator Max CPU Coolers
- AMD Hits the Mainstream with its Radeon HD 4600 Series
News Archives


- SharkyExtreme.com: Interview with Microsoft's Dan Odell
- SharkyExtreme.com: Interview with ATI's Terry Makedon
- SharkyExtreme.com: Interview with Seagate's Joni Clark
- Half-Life 2 Review
- DOOM 3 Review

Buyer's Guides

- September Extreme Gaming PC Buyer's Guide
- July High-end Gaming PC Buyer's Guide
- May Value Gaming PC Buyer's Guide


  • CPUs

    - AMD Phenom X4 9950 BE & 9350e Review

  • Motherboards

    - AMD 790GX Chipset Review
    - Gigabyte GA-MA790FX-DS5 Motherboard Review
    - AMD 780G Chipset Review

  • Video Cards

    Be a Commerce Partner

    Internet News
    Small Business
    Personal Technology

    Search internet.com
    Corporate Info
    Tech Jobs
    E-mail Offers


    Sapphire Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro Review
    By Vince Freeman :  February 3, 2003


    When compiling a list of the "best bang for the buck" 3D video cards, there's no question the Radeon 9500 Pro deserves to be on the list. The sub-$200 market is a lucrative one, and ATI needed a value-oriented companion to the powerful (and expensive) Radeon 9700 Pro. This Radeon 9500 Pro "little brother" delivered in spades, and allows the adequate product segmentation necessary for ATI to compete against the popular GeForce4 Ti line, especially the GeForce4 Ti 4200.

    The Radeon 9500 Pro offers up an intriguing combination of Radeon 9700 Pro architecture, features and performance, while giving a little in return for a lower price. It represents an AGP 8X, DirectX 9 card for the masses, and allows ATI to market not only 3D video cards through the retail channel, but also supply their 3rd-party vendors with attractive 3D video chip options. Keeping their partners happy is a prime goal for any manufacturers, and giving them a premiere GeForce4 Ti-competitor was a huge step in the right direction.

    Sapphire is one of the very first ATI OEM partners, and has been producing ATI boards for some time. In fact, their production facilities have been the home to many other OEM models from different companies, making Sapphire one of the key 3rd-party ATI manufacturers. The Sapphire Radeon-based cards are a staple of the larger online retailers, and it's common to find them among the best-sellers as well. This makes the release of the Sapphire Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro a real treat, as availability and quality will be high, and the card should come in at an attractive price.

    Radeon 9700 and 9500 Specifications

    The ATI Radeon 9700 and 9500 product selection is such that while all cards are DirectX 9 compatible, and the basic architecture is quite similar between models, there are very important differences to note. These 3D chips are all derivatives of the original Radeon 9700 Pro core, and 3D features and drivers are consistent, but clock speed, core design, and memory architecture change and differentiate the various models. Here's a chart outlining the basic specifications of the various Radeon 9700 and 9500-based cards:

    Card Pipelines Core Speed Memory Speed Memory Interface
    Radeon 9700 Pro 8 325 620 256-bit
    Radeon 9700 8 275 540 256-bit
    Radeon 9500 Pro 8 275 540 128-bit
    Radeon 9500 4 275 540 128-bit

    The Radeon 9700 Pro and 9700 are pretty easy to understand, with core and memory clock speeds being the only difference. The Radeon 9500 Pro is identical to the Radeon 9700 in most respects, except it uses a 128-bit memory interface. This means that while the Radeon 9500 Pro has the same processing power as the Radeon 9700, it only has half the memory bandwidth. The Radeon 9500 takes a different angle, and while it has the same core and memory speeds and features as the Radeon 9500 Pro, it is the only one to features 4 pixel pipelines rather than 8.

  • Page 1 Introduction
    Page 2 The Radeon 9500 Atlantis Pro Card
    Page 3 Performance and Test System
    Page 4 Quake 3, Serious Sam 2 & RtCW Performance
    Page 5 Jedi Knight II, Comanche 4 & UT 2003 Performance
    Page 6 Code Creatures and 3DMark 2001SE Pro Performance
    Page 7 Anti-aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering Performance
    Page 8 Value and Conclusion

    Copyright(c) 2008 Jupitermedia Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Legal Notices | Licensing , Reprints , & Permissions | Privacy Policy




    Jupitermedia Corporation has two divisions: Jupiterimages and JupiterOnlineMedia

    Jupitermedia Corporate Info

    Legal Notices, Licensing, Reprints, & Permissions, Privacy Policy.

    Advertise | Newsletters | Tech Jobs | Shopping | E-mail Offers

    Whitepapers and eBooks
    IBM Whitepaper: Innovative Collaboration to Advance Your Business
    Internet.com eBook: Real Life Rails
    Internet.com eBook: The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing
    Go Parallel Article: Scalable Parallelism with Intel(R) Threading Building Blocks
    Internet.com eBook: Best Practices for Developing a Web Site
    IBM CXO Whitepaper: The 2008 Global CEO Study "The Enterprise of the Future"
    Go Parallel Article: James Reinders on the Intel Parallel Studio Beta Program
    Avaya Article: Advancing the State of the Art in Customer Service
    IBM CXO Whitepaper: Unlocking the DNA of the Adaptable Workforce--The Global Human Capital Study 2008
    Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro: Web Conferencing and eLearning Whitepapers
    Avaya Article: Avaya AE Services Provide Rapid Telephony Integration with Facebook
    Go Parallel Article: Getting Started with TBB on Windows
    HP eBook: Storage Networking , Part 1
    Go Parallel Video: Intel(R) Threading Building Blocks: A New Method for Threading in C++
    HP Video: Is Your Data Center Ready for a Real World Disaster?
    HP On Demand Webcast: Virtualization in Action
    Go Parallel Video: Performance and Threading Tools for Game Developers
    Rackspace Hosting Center: Customer Videos
    Intel vPro Developer Virtual Bootcamp
    HP Disaster-Proof Solutions eSeminar
    HP On Demand Webcast: Discover the Benefits of Virtualization
    Downloads and eKits
    Microsoft Download: Silverlight 2 Software Development Kit Beta 2
    30-Day Trial: SPAMfighter Exchange Module
    Red Gate Download: SQL Toolbelt
    Iron Speed Designer Application Generator
    Microsoft Download: Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Runtime
    Tutorials and Demos
    IBM IT Innovation Article: Green Servers Provide a Competitive Advantage
    Microsoft Article: Expression Web 2 for PHP Developers--Simplify Your PHP Applications
    Featured Algorithm: Intel Threading Building Blocks - parallel_reduce