January 12, 2019

Being the first laptop chip to offer DirectX 9. It did cause a usually visibly imperceptible loss of quality when doing heavy blending. ATI only intended for the series to be a temporary solution to fill the gap for the Christmas season, prior to the release of the A slower chip, the , was launched a few months later, differing only by lower core and memory speeds. Anti-aliasing was, for the first time, a fully usable option even in the newest and most demanding titles of the day.

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They were designed to maintain a performance lead over the recently launched GeForce FX Ultra, which it managed to do without difficulty.

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ATI demonstrated part of what was capable with pixel shader PS2. The logo and box package of the was resurrected in to market the unrelated and slower Radeon which is a derivative of the Retrieved 7 December Flip chip packaging allows far better cooling of the die by flipping it and exposing it directly to the cooling solution.

The would be the second of ATI’s chips after the to be shipped to third-party manufacturers instead of ATI producing all of its graphics cards, though ATI would still produce cards off of its highest-end chips.


However, refined design and manufacturing techniques enabled a doubling of transistor count and a significant clock speed gain. Radeon ‘s advanced architecture was very efficient and, of course, more powerful compared to its older peers of At the time, this was quite astonishing, and resulted in the widespread acceptance of AA and AF as critical, truly usable features.

Third time’s the charm?

Besides advanced architecture, reviewers also took note of ATI’s change in strategy. It did cause a usually visibly imperceptible loss of quality when doing heavy blending. The first graphics cards using the R to be released were the Radeon While this differed from the older chips using 2 or 3 for the original Radeon texture units per pipeline, this did not mean R advnatage not perform multi-texturing as efficiently as older chips.

Khanlaunched in August Radeon R Radeon R Alongside thethe a. R and its derivatives would form the basis for ATI’s consumer and professional product lines for over 3 years.

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R; internal ArtX codename: ATI Technologies products Video cards. A slower chip, thewas launched a few months later, differing only by lower core and memory speeds.

See article on R’s pixel shaders. Later inthree new cards were launched: The performance and quality increases offered by the R GPU is considered to be one of the greatest in the history of advanhage graphics, alongside the achievements GeForce and Voodoo Graphics. Current technologies and software.


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This was part of the new DirectX 9 specification, along with more flexible floating-point-based Shader Model 2. Radeon was one of the shortest-lived product of ATI, later replaced by the Radeon series. Being the first laptop chip to offer DirectX 9.

The still held its own against the revised FXprimarily and significantly in tasks involving heavy SM2. In earlythe cards were replaced by pto or, R Multi-sampling offered vastly superior performance over the supersampling method on older Radeons, and superior image quality compared to NVIDIA’s offerings at the time.

A few months later, the and PRO were launched. Views Read Edit View history. This trade-off in wdvantage offered the best combination of transistor usage and image quality for the manufacturing process at the time.

UVD 7 [1] [d]. ATI, perhaps mindful of what had happened to 3dfx when they took focus off their Rampage processor, abandoned it in favor of finishing off their next-generation R card.