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ATI Intros Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition

128 MB graphics card tailored for Apple's G5 By Dave Nagel
ATI has announced the Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition. The new board is a specially tailored version of the Radeon 9800 Pro designed for Apple's G5 machines. It will be available as a built to order option for the G5 and is also available separately now for AGP Mac systems.

The Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition offers all of the features of the Radeon 9800 Pro (128 MB version), as well as a feature called VersaVision, which allows for multiple display support in landscape and portrait modes. It includes eight parallel rendering pipelines, four parallel geometry engines (for up to 380 million transformed and lit polygons per second), 256-bit memory interface and 128 MB of double data rate (DDR) memory and can execute up to 8.4 billion instructions per second with a 21 GB per second memory bandwidth. Other features include:

  • VGA, DVI and S-video outputs;
  • DVI-I to VGA & S-Video to Composite adapters included;
  • Dual Integrated 10-bit per channel 400 MHz DACs;
  • Integrated 165MHz TMDS transmitter;
  • Integrated TV-out support up to 1,024 x 768 resolution;
  • SmartShader 2.1 technology with 16 textures per rendering pass and support for up to 128-bit floating point color;
  • SmoothVision 2.1 technology for full-scene antialiasing with 18 billion antialiasing samples per second.

The Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition is available as a build to order option on the upcoming Power Mac G5 machines. Using the G5's AGP Pro port, no additional power supply is required. FOr operation in AGP 4x or AGP 2x systems, the Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition does require a connection tot he computer's internal power supply (300 watt or greater). Details are at ATI's Web site. The card sells for $399 and is available now. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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