On top of its incredible performance, the feature set of RADEON 9500 PRO is just as impressive. You’ve got full DirectX 9 compliance and 128-bit color support, 8-pixel pipelines for 16 textures per pass, and AGP 8X. Okay, so we’re reaching a bit with that last feature, but still, the RADEON 9500 PRO is loaded to the max with features. The only aspect the RADEON 9500 PRO is missing is the RADEON 9700’s 256-bit memory interface, and if you want that you’ll have to pay $100 more for it in the form of the RADEON 9700. As we said in the Ballistics Report, the only cards better than the RADEON 9500 PRO at this point would have to be the RADEON 9700 or RADEON 9700 PRO. NVIDIA’s GeForce4 Titanium line just can’t match what ATI is offering at this point.
Now that ATI has completed the RADEON 9500 PRO, their biggest challenge is going to be meeting demand. Just as the GeForce4 Ti 4200 was an instant success for NVIDIA, we have a feeling that the RADEON 9500 PRO will be a smash hit for ATI. If they can supply cards to the retail sector and their manufacturing partners in time for the holiday sales rush ATI could have a very merry Christmas this year. Meanwhile NVIDIA has got to lower the price point of its products or be forced to sit on the sidelines until its GeForce FX and other products based on the NV3x architecture make their debut next year.
RADEON™ 9500 PRO brings the world of Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 support to gaming enthusiasts. Featuring incredibly fast 3D graphics performance, coupled with sophisticated real-time visual effects, unsurpassed image quality and cutting-edge video features, RADEON™ 9500 PRO provides powerful graphics acceleration for current and next-generation games and applications.
Fast 3D gaming performance
Complete Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 support
128MB of DDR memory
8-pixel pipeline architecture
128-bit memory interface
Video output support
Featuring CATALYST™ - Industry-leading software suite
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