Is it any good? no idea, but they have started to ship. Mine is on order.
Ah right, cool. The Pro looks like a great card for the price. I have the whitepapers and some of the board specs here for the high-end board (R300-942/9700 Pro) - I am told there are some significant improvements in the filter and DAC stages compared with the R200 boards, and of course you have video now handled by the shader pipeline with much higher precision than on the previous generation of cards. Do you have a Radeon 8500 you can compare output with? I'm sure a lot of people would be interested in the results of such a comparison.Originally posted by Jeff
I did buy the pro, but its the true (they say) 30bit overlay I'm after. I might have to try UT 2003 on the large screen though.
I guess nobody at your LAN parties has a Radeon 9700 Pro/9700/9500 Pro then, huh? ATi currently produce the top three fastest cards available by some distance.Originally posted by Braedan
Game performancewise, the Nvidias beat an ATI into pulp hands down any day from what I've seen at the LANparties.
The move to FP32 precision in the pipelines is mainly to maintain colour accuracy during multipass operations, as you probably already know. The pipeline itself handles 128-bit textures but most of calculations are done to 96-bit precision (more than enough for accurate 10-bit per component output, anyway). Necessarily, the ASIC has non-displayable 32/64/128-bit buffers throughout the pipeline. 96-bit formats are upconverted to 128-bit where needed.Originally posted by Jeff
The cards advanced settings and overlay control are extactly the same as the previous regular Catalyst drivers and give no indication that the card is outputting 30bit colour. I have seen a few things to suggest colour improvements but some sort of confirmation of what the card is doing would have been nice.