CHIP Online heeft een preview geschreven aan de hand van een prototype van de ATi Radeon. Ze hebben jammer genoeg de keiharde FPS resultaten niet in een tabelletje of grafiekje gemikt maar als je de tekst leest wordt het duidelijk dat de kaart nu de GeForce2 en Voodoo5 5500 alleen in zeldzame gevallen verslaat, toch aardig goed voor een undergeclockte kaart met extreme beta drivers :
The core ran at 176 MHz, so the synchronously running DDR-RAM effectively hit 352 MHz. So 5,5-ns-RAM was enough for this prototype – in our case by Korean chipmaker Hyundai. The final version is planned to run at 200 MHz – if DDR-RAM at 400 MHz becomes available in time.
[...] The drivers were in early beta, so we witnessed clipping errors from time to time and a few „unexpected exits“ – which, of course, is quite a normal thing to happen at such an early state of development. We would like to point out here that the 3D performance of the retail version is highly likely to improve significantly with then mature drivers. We still think that the results can give a rough impression of what to expect, though.
[...] Especially at 32 bit color depth in high resolutions the Radeon protoype showed very strong muscles – although none of the games we tested were optimized for ATIs special features (like the „Charisma engine"). Unfortunately time didn't allow us to test on a Pentium-III-platform, but it seems sensible to guess that the Radeon would have scored even higher results on an Intel-based machine since often ISSE is better implemented into graphics card drivers than 3DNow!, those from ATI included.