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ATI Radeon 9100 IGP 'RS300' Chipset Preview

ATI Radeon 9100 IGP 'RS300' Chipset Preview  - PCSTATS
Abstract: While its first generation was somewhat uninspiring, the new 'RS300' Radeon 9100 IGP promises to offer something more - at least to prospective Pentium 4 owners.
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External Mfg. Website: ATI Aug 27 2003   Chris Angelini  
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In Retrospect

It's too early to make a call on the RADEON 9100. There aren't any systems sporting the chipset which have been released yet; and according to ATI, the chipset hasn't even been finalized. The situation is certainly a promising one, though. ATI has an undeniable leg up on Intel's 865G chipset in the 3D performance corner, and with a little more optimization the RADEON 9100 IGP could just be able to take the crown in office productivity too.

If the chipset were to have one notable flaw, it would be the IXP 250 southbridge. Without native support for Serial ATA, motherboard manufacturers are footing the bill to integrate a third-party controller, invariably influencing costs to consumers. Incorporating support within the 9100 IGP for third-party southbridges is a helpful solution, but connecting through the PCI bus is certainly a limitation any way you look at it. Realistically, an up-to-date version of the IXP can't come soon enough.

But even with the shortcomings of the IXP 250, ATI has a product that will satisfy mainstream users - the kind of consumer that would be interested in an 865G machine, regardless of 3D performance, as long as it's at a reasonable price. Only now, they'll be able to play most games at a comfortable resolution of 1024x768.

ATI have also expressed interest in diversifying beyond the Pentium 4 market from what I've been told. It already has a chipset for the Athlon XP, and there are plans for an Athlon 64 core logic - an easier job considering AMD has integrated a memory controller right into the processor itself. Could it be that ATI's solution will take advantage of the updated IXP? Only time will tell.

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Contents of Article: ATI 9100 IGP
 Pg 1.  ATI Radeon 9100 IGP 'RS300' Chipset Preview
 Pg 2.  The RADEON 9100 IGP
 Pg 3.  The IXP250 Southbridge
 Pg 4.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: 3DMark03, UT2003
 Pg 7.  — In Retrospect

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