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ATi Rage Fury Pro review

iXBT Labs heeft er weer een uitgebreide review bij, ditmaal van de ATi Rage Fury Pro. Helaas is de kaart om minder enthousiast over te zijn, de prestaties lopen een generatie achter:

First of all, we are disappointed with the uncompleted drivers. We have already mentioned this disadvantage so many times! However, nothing changed...

Secondly, RAGE FURY PRO graphics cards appear somewhat worse than those based on NVIDIA Riva TNT2 (Ultra) in terms of performance and image quality though their prices are almost equal.

Even if we suppose that the drivers are working perfectly, the market sector these cards are aimed at is already occupied. ATI will really face a lot of problems when looking for a worthy application for its graphics cards. ATI is late again. As soon as NVIDIA launched its GeForce 256 GPU, the prices for NVIDIA Riva TNT2 Ultra based graphics cards quickly went down. In this respect the conclusion is more than evident. Only if ATI provides its RAGE FURY PRO graphics cards with such specific features as TV-in/out, for instance, they will get a good chance to win the users' acknowledgement. By the way, we hear that ATI plans to sell its RAGE FURY PRO graphics cards together with a DVD-disk and a licensed movie. And in this case the movie will cost you 50% less than if you were buying it separately (don't count on getting it absolutely for free).

Probably, ATI RAGE FURY MAXX graphics cards have a happier future, who knows, but they are expected to enter the market only in December. Although we can't be sure if this forecast is credible, because now their samples are available only to a limited number of testers. In other words, ATI keeps pursuing a very strange marketing policy when only most well known observers get their products in time.

Check hier de rest van de test.

Door Nieuwsposter

15-11-1999 • 19:12

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Bron: iXBT Labs

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