This time around FIC decided to revise their look and created a hip box design with a rendered bull on the cover, with many similarities to the ATI box design (silver figure, red and black colors), but overall looking more fierce. So how will the FIC’s rendition of the 9800 Pro stand up? Let’s take a look.
Oh how interesting the graphics card
industry has been the last few weeks. From Futuremark
cheating fiascos to the introduction of NVIDIA’s
new flagship video card, we’ve had a lot of action
and things taking place all around, some good and
others bad. It seems that product cycles are only
getting shorter, and the recently ignited ATI and
NVIDIA flagship card rivalry is only to get hotter
as the months pass.
With the enthusiast market’s cut
throat nature so often referred as an only ATI
vs NVIDIA war, often times individual board partners,
the manufacturers that we see in store and online
shelves are not mentioned. FIC, being one of ATI’s
largest partners, both in the OEM and more recently
a powerhouse in the enthusiast front is of course
at it again with their rendition of the Radeon
9800 Pro. Over the last year we’ve seen FIC transition
itself directly into the enthusiast markets first
with their feature rich Via KT400 and Intel 845
chipset motherboards, and then almost out of nowhere
one of the best Radeon 9700 Pro graphics cards
This time around FIC decided to revise
their look and created a hip box design with a
rendered bull on the cover, with many similarities
to the ATI box design (silver figure, red and black
colors), but overall looking more fierce. So how
will the FIC’s rendition of the 9800 Pro stand
up? Let’s take a look.
RADEON 9800 PRO
128MB onboard DDR RAM
Memory / Core interface
DirectX 3D Hardware
Dual 400MHz RAMDACs
DVI-I Output / TV Output / VGA Output
2048×1536 @ 85Hz
- Up to 256MB of
DDR memory provides increased performance when
rendering high resolution textures, characters,
- 256-bit memory
interface delivers the bandwidth for real-time
3D graphics and barrier-free performance
- 8-pixel pipeline
architecture doubles the rendering power of
other graphics processors
- SMARTSHADER™ 2.1
supports the latest Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0
feature set, enabling cinematic quality lighting
and shadow effects.
2.1 delivers the sharpest, clearest textures
without sacrificing frame rates.
- 128-bit full
floating point precision enables billions of
color variations to render the same lighting and
effects as Hollywood studios.
CATALYST™, the industry’s most stable 3D
Generation Now Technology
- Supports the
latest Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 and OpenGL®
feature sets, ensuring long-term compatibility
with the hottest gaming releases.
removes blocky artifacts from streaming Internet
video to deliver smoother looking, higher
quality online content.
integrates features to provide unprecedented
support for digital and high definition video.
Installation Driver Disk
DVI to VGA Adapter
S-Video to RCA Adapter
Traditionally we’ve seen FIC basically
give you the essentials with their graphic card
offerings and the A98P is no exception, with all
the cables and adapters one would need and nothing