ATI R350: early details emerge

ATI's magic goal is to achieve 400MHz/800 MHz for the card and memory while we know that it can easily clock it to 375 MHz, which can be considered as the lowest frequency of R350.

The final silicon should be back from TSMC any day now, as product is almost ready and when it does we will try to confirm the information about the final clock. 400 to 425 MHz is a dream target. R350 is likely to stay with the Radeon 9x00 branding name, where x will be replaced with 8 or 9, so it may well be named the Radeon 9800 or 9900.

We heard that ATI's R350 will beat Geforce FX in eight out of 10 benchmarks, and we learned that one of benchmarks they will lose will be Quake 3. This could be true since the R350 will have 6Gb/Sec memory bandwidth more than the 9700 Pro. The card will be equipped with 128 MB memory while it will support 256MB configurations and 128MB variations will be priced around the €400 mark.

It will, we think, be introduced in the first week of March and we reckon that's intended to throw dust into Nvidia's eyes. But will the R350 be faster than the GeForce FX? That remains to be seen..

News source: The Inquirer

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