The question on most people’s minds is if the final retail versions of the Radeon 9800 Pro is a worthwhile upgrade to their current graphics card solutions, and if Sapphire has once again produced another quality card, one that enthusiasts should look at when choosing a Radeon 9800 Pro based card. Both of these questions and more will be answered in the following pages as we compare the Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro against Sapphire and FIC’s latest Radeon 9700 Pro graphics cards.
Sapphire, a company that made a name
for itself over 8 months ago with their release
of their Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9700 Pro has maintained
a strong relationship with ATI and is among the
first 3rd party graphics card manufacturers to release
a Radeon 9800 Pro based graphics card to market.
With their initial 9700 Pro, we saw good performance
numbers, limited overclocking and a limited bundle,
but an overall good product, especially for a first
retail attempt. Then came the Radeon 9700 Pro Ultimate
Edition, which basically improved upon the flaws
we saw with the initial Radeon 9700 Pro card and
fared very well in our tests.
forward to the present, and Sapphire,
a relative newcomer to the retail graphics card
market is one of the industry’s top performers,
and ATI still holds the performance crown that
gave away when the 9700 Pro came into town. The
GeForce FX 5800 Ultra will never live to see the
true light of day, and the only threat coming at
ATI is NVIDIA’s NV35, due to be announced at E3
in a couple of weeks.
The question on most people’s minds
is if the final retail versions of the Radeon 9800
Pro is a worthwhile upgrade to their current graphics
card solutions, and if Sapphire has once again produced
another quality card, one that enthusiasts should
look at when choosing a Radeon 9800 Pro based card.
Both of these questions and more will be answered
in the following pages as we compare the Sapphire
Radeon 9800 Pro against Sapphire and FIC’s latest
Radeon 9700 Pro graphics cards.
RADEON 9800 PRO
2.8ns BGA DDR SDRAM
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.
- Instruction Manual
- Installation Driver Disk
- Cyberlink Power DVD
- Redline Tweak Utility
- Soldier of Fortune II (full version)
- Return to Castle Wolfenstein (full version)
- S-Video Cable
- RCA Cable
- DVI to VGA Adapter
- S-Video to RCA Adapter
Above you can see the package contents
of the Sapphire Atlantis Radeon 9800 Pro, one
that directly resembles the Sapphire Radeon 9700
Pro Ultimate Edition, and improves greatly upon
Sapphire’s first Radeon 9700 Pro release. Included
are two of 2002’s most popular games, Return to
Castle Wolfenstein and Soldier of Fortune II,
and also thrown in is Sapphire’s own Redline Tweak
Utility. Then we have the standard cables and
converters, but overall Sapphire has shown that
they are catering to gamers with their high end
graphics cards, and have provided one of the best
bundles featured by any ATI add in board partner.