Er viel net een mail in m'n Outlook over deze ATi Radeon review van Planet Hardware waarbij uitsluitend gebruik is gemaakt van AMD testsystemen (Duron 700 & Athlon 900). Er waren in het begin wat problemen met de VIA GART driver en met de Expendable Direct3D demo, maar voor de rest bleek de performance niks tegen te vallen. Een GeForce2 werd goed bijgehouden en weer verslagen in de hogere resoluties. Jammer dat de Radeon 64MB met zijn $400 dollar vrij pittig is geprijsd, hopelijk wordt dat snel wat minder...
The ATi Radeon 64MB DDR is a true performer on AMD platforms, though there is still room for improvement. We were happy with the overall performance we got out of the Radeon, and coupled with its impressive feature list and VIVO capabilities this card should be at the top of gamer's wish lists. Who wouldn't want the ability to watch DVD's, do some video editing, and then frag a few fools in Q3A all on the same hardware?
There are still a few driver improvements in the speed area that we would like ATi to make before we can declare the Radeon a "GeForce2 killer". However, with all of the add-on features that ATi has crammed onto this card, along with 64MB of 366MHz DDR memory, anyone looking to upgrade their video cards between now and Christmas will have to give the Radeon a serious looking into. The only thing keeping folks away from the Radeon might be its steep price tag ($400 for the 64MB version and $350 for the 32MB version), but some pricewatch.com searching shows that these prices won't stay that high for long. Already the 64MB version can be had for $370 and the 32MB for $270.
NVIDIA finally has some competition in the high-end video card market with the Radeon - and consumers are ready to reap the benefits.