Originally Published: Tuesday, 25 April 2000 Author: Jeff Mrochuk
Published to: news_enhance_games/Games News Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

ATI Launches RADEON 256

ATI announces the RADEON 256, what could be the fastest video card to date, and Linux drivers to boot. Click the topic for more.

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ATI has just announc d their newest card, the RADEON 256. Some specs from the press release:
  • Most advanced graphics chip ever designed, featuring 30 million transistors, in an .18 micron technology, giving it a higher transistor count than CPUs such as the Pentium III and Athlon.
  • First chip to support up to 128MB of double-data rate (DDR) memory at 200MHz
  • ATI's Charisma Engine[tm] which incorporates a 30 million triangle per second geometry engine as well a radical new 3D character animation techniques
  • First graphics chip to break through the Gigatexel barrier with an awesome 1.5 Gigatexel per second rendering engine
  • First PC graphics chip to include an on-chip hardware HDTV decoder
  • As well, the following statement about drivers was made:
    RADEON 256 provides industry-leading accelerated support for all major graphics APIs, including DirectX 7 and OpenGL 1.2, as well as all major operating systems including Windows, Linux and MAC




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