Bij Hot Hardware hebben ze eens met ATi gebabbeld over hun nieuwe ATI Rage Fury MAXX kaart met twee Rage128 Pro chippies onboard. Hieronder een paar vragen uit het interview, check de rest hier.
Dave- Let's talk about the hardware now (our favorite part at HotHardware, of course!) Your design utilizes two Rage128 Pro chips running in parallel, to achieve fantastic performance numbers, can you tell us a little bit about the rest of the architecture and the ASIC technology you use to join these two engines together?
ATI- Our Dual ASIC technology allows us to utilize two .25 Micron Rage128 Pro chips and two independent 32MB SDRAM frame buffers populated on a single AGP card. This technology is implemented within our proprietary software and no additional components are needed to allow the two ASICs to work together. Also, each Rage128 Pro has its own on board DAC and Triangle Set Up Engine. The Dual ASIC technology is only engaged when playing full screen 3D games. When in a desktop environment, only one Rage128 Pro chip is utilized.
Dave- What type of memory subsystem will the card use? SGRAM, SDRAM, DDR-SDRAM?
ATI- We will be utilizing standard 6 or 7ns. SDRAM which is the most cost effective and available graphics memory today. Since we have two processing engines and two independent frame buffers, the total aggregate bandwidth produced will effectively be double thus negating the need to go to a more expensive memory like DDR SDRAM.