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home : reviews : ATI Radeon 256 : page 2

Benjamin Sun
February 13, 2001

  • Powered by the ATI RADEON™ graphics processing unit (GPU)
  • 32MB of powerful double data rate (DDR) memory
  • Featuring ATI's CHARISMA ENGINE™ and PIXEL TAPESTRYTM technologies
  • The most robust and integrated Transformation, Clipping and Lighting (T&L)
    Accelerates all of today's top 3D games
  • Industry best DVD playback
  • Supports 3D resolutions (32-bit color) up to 2048x1536
  • AGP Universal bus (for AGP 2X/4X systems)
32MB of DDR Memory
  • RADEON™ comes powered by 32MB of DDR memory to power all of today's hottest 3D games.
  • With DDR memory you get twice the memory bandwidth for the highest data transfer rates through the pipeline
  • Delivers immersive, realistic 32-bit true color 3D graphics at the fastest possible framerates
Powered by ATI's RADEON™ GPU
  • RADEON™ graphics boards feature the leading-edge technology of the RADEONTM GPU
  • The RADEON™ CHARISMA ENGINE™ supports full transformation, clipping and lighting (T&L) at 30 million/second processing capability for a 10-fold improvement in 3D details
  • 3D game characters are brought to life with the CHARISMA ENGINE™ support for other cutting-edge character animation such as vertex skinning and key frame interpolation
    PIXEL TAPESTRY™, the RADEON™ 3D rendering engine, powers up to an incredible 1.5 Gigatexels per second for unsurpassed graphics performance
Ultimate 3D Game Support
  • The most complete implementation of the DirectX® feature set
  • RADEON™ supports more features of DirectX® 8.0 than any other graphics board on the market
  • Instant superior 3D game support right out of the box with full acceleration for today's hottest 3D games
Industry Best DVD Playback
  • Process full-frame rate, full-screen DVD or MPEG-2 video.
  • Hardware DVD saves the expense of buying a separate MPEG-2/DVD decoder card
  • Integrated iDCT and motion compensation allows for DVD decoding with minimum CPU usage
  • HDTV ready
System Requirements
  • Pentium® III/II/Celeron, AMD K6®/Athlon or compatible with AGP 2X or AGP 2X/4X universal slot
    Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
    DVD playback requires DVD drive
Graphics Controller
  • ATI RADEON™ graphics processing unit (GPU)
Memory Configurations
  • 32MB of double data rate memory
Operating Systems Support
  • Windows® 98/98SE
  • Windows® ME
  • Windows® 2000
Monitor Support
  • CRT Monitor: 15 pin VGA connector
Display Support
  • Register compatible with VGA
  • BIOS compatible with VESA for super VGA
  • DDC1/2b/2b+ monitor support
  • VESA Display Power Management Support
  • Separate horiz & vert sync at TTL levels
3D Acceleration Features
  • PIXEL TAPESTRY™ architecture
  • Integrated Transformation, Clipping and Lighting
  • Twin Cache Architecture
  • Texture Cache
  • Superscalar Rendering
  • Single-Pass Multi-texturing
  • True Color Rendering
  • Triangle Setup Engine
  • Bilinear/Trilinear Filtering
  • Line & Edge Anti-aliasing
  • Full screen Anti-aliasing
  • Texture Compositing
  • Texture Decompression
  • Specular Highlights
  • Perspectively Correct Texture Mapping
  • Mip-Mapping
  • Z-buffering and Double-buffering
  • Hierarchial Z-buffer
  • Emboss, Dot Product 3 and Environment bump mapping
  • Spherical, Dual-Paraboloid and Cubic environment mapping
  • Fog effects, texture lighting, video textures, reflections, shadows, spotlights,
  • LOD biasing and texture mapping
  • 5-year limited warranty

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