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07-23-2002, 02:17 PM
For Immediate Release


ATI's RADEON 9000 and RADEON 9000 PRO mainstream product now shipping

Delivering high-end graphics to the mainstream for the first time

Sydney Australia - July 23, 2002 - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY,
NASDAQ:ATYT) and its add-on-board partners are shipping the revolutionary
RADEON 9000 and RADEON 9000 PRO visual processors to the mainstream market,
effective immediately. The RADEON 9000 products feature technology
innovations first introduced in the high-end segment of the market,
combined with the best performance of any mainstream graphics product

Both the RADEON 9000 and RADEON 9000 PRO feature industry-leading
technologies, including quad-pipe architecture, with four parallel
rendering pipelines; programmable pixel and vertex shaders, powered by
SMARTSHADER, allowing mainstream users to benefit fully from Microsoft
DirectX 8.1 for the first time; flexible multiple display architecture
supported by HYDRAVISION, allowing effective use of multiple displays; and
industry-leading video playback, featuring FULLSTREAM technology for
accelerated and improved video streaming.

"RADEON 9000 and RADEON 9000 PRO offer the most affordable and complete set
of features and the highest performance in the mainstream market," said
Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager,
Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc. "Mainstream gamers will discover a new
level of realism and performance in 3D games that, as recently as 12 months
ago, was reserved for high-end users."

The RADEON 9000 and RADEON 9000 PRO graphics cards feature 64MB of DDR
memory and flexible dual-display support including DVI-I, VGA and TV-out.
RADEON 9000 PRO is now available at all major computer retailers across
North America, at a suggested retail price of $149. A number of
add-in-board manufacturers are also now shipping product based on RADEON
9000, at very affordable prices.

About the Company
ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of
innovative 3D graphics and digital media silicon solutions. An industry
pioneer since 1985, ATI delivers leading-edge performance solutions for the
full range of PC and Mac desktop and notebook platforms, workstation,
set-top box, game console and handheld markets. With 2001 revenues in
excess of US $1 billion, ATI has more than 1,900 employees in the Americas,
Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto
Stock Exchange (ATY).

Ehhe Yebeb
07-23-2002, 06:06 PM
So this Radeon 9000 is being marketed as a DX9 card that is slower than the 8500 but faster than the 7500. Good, ill buy one as soon as they come under $250Aud

07-23-2002, 08:57 PM
No. Ya need the 9700 for DX9. ;)
:beer: :beer: :beer:

Ehhe Yebeb
07-23-2002, 09:43 PM
Oh well it really doesnt matter to me anyhow, i cant se any sense in spending over $200 on a video card, and the only game i have on my PC uses DX7

07-23-2002, 10:49 PM
It's supposed to be the cheapest card with hardware DX8 support - but it is slower than the 8500/8500LE, which is supposed to be discontinued.

If I was in the market for a cheap DX8 card - I'd be watching 8500LE prices very carefully & looking for some deals

Ehhe Yebeb
07-24-2002, 05:56 PM
Video card prices are pretty wierd here. the 8500LE costs $330, and the Ti200 costs $270. If the Radeon 9000 sells for about $250 or under i would seriously consider buying it, only because i prefer ATI cards to nVidia

07-24-2002, 06:49 PM
lol yea i guess nvidia versus ATI is liek amd verse INTEL...i'd really like to see ATI release something better than nvidia...if ATI release something substantially better than the ti4600 and nvidia don't come up with a better solution, i won't hesitate to switch to ATI

long live AMD:)

07-24-2002, 07:19 PM
Well ATi will have something better in their 9700 until around November then we'll see what nVidia's next one is like. :smokin:

07-24-2002, 11:54 PM
Video card prices are pretty wierd here. the 8500LE costs 0, and the Ti200 costs 0. If the Radeon 9000 sells for about 0 or under i would seriously consider buying it, only because i prefer ATI cards to nVidia

I think we must have better prices on ATi products around here - being so closr to ATi HQ - I can pick up a 64MB 8500LE for under $150cdn ($95US) - but GF3Ti200's have never really gone below $200cdn

I did manage to pick up a Powercolor GF4Ti4200 128Mb for $265cdn ( - that's about $170) with no tax - not a bad OC'er either - it does 275/540 right out of the box in the hottest month of the year. :D :thumb: :D

07-25-2002, 08:50 AM
I was just checking on the 8500's today actually. (They actually will run in a AGP 1.0 Slot).


The site above has the 8500LE with 64 megs of DDR, clocked at 250mhz (bulk pack) for only $94 (US bucks that is).

From what I have heard about what this card can do, this is an insanely good price. Anyone out there that has one, do you recommend it?


07-26-2002, 12:49 AM
if you can, find out the manufacturer & the exact model & clock speeds if possible. Most LE's have clock speeds in the 230-250 range - however a few companies have produced 183MHz clocked version, you don't want to get stuck with one of those.

a large portion of LE's will easily OC to retail speeds (275MHz) and above - especially if you do the pencil voltage mod - some LE's are purposely underpowered to prevent them from performing as well as retails.
there are even custom bios's available so you can permanently set your clocks to what ever you want.

Just make sure you get recent drivers - the early ones were real POS, especially for XP.

I would take a Radeon8500 over any GF3 - I recently replaced mine with a GF4Ti4200 in my main box - my 3dmark score only increased by about 3%, but I suspect a fresh windows install and a little tweaking will help that.

07-29-2002, 03:52 PM
lol actually i;m not surprised u only got a 3% performance increase...bcos the GF4's are being badly bottlenecked by cpu's :cheers: