updated 09:05 am EDT, Fri August 19, 2005
ATI Radeon 9600 Pro GPU
ATI Technologies today introduced the , a new graphics card that supports both Mac and PC platforms. The Radeon 9600 Pro offers dual-link capabilities to support ultra high-resolution flat panel monitors such as Apple's 30-inch Cinema Display. The new card features ATI's most popular graphics processors for AGP-based systems -- the Radeon 9600 Pro -- and includes 256MB of dedicated high-speed memory. It offers a 128-bit memory interface and advanced DirectX 9.0 shader support with floating point precision as well as support for resolutions up to 2560x1600 (via the card's dual-link DVI display support). The AGP based Radeon 9600 Pro PC and Mac Edition is available for $200.
"By providing one card as a solution for two distinct platforms, ATI is making purchasing decisions easy for the computer user. There is no confusion as to whether the card will work in a Mac or a PC, because the Radeon 9600 Pro PC and Mac Edition will provide incredible performance and image quality in both," said Rich Heye, Vice President, Desktop Discrete Graphics, ATI. "As ultra-high resolution monitors have become increasingly popular for mainstream users, the dual-link functionality has become an important feature of graphics cards and ATI is unmatched in the consumer space at this price."
ATI said that the dual-platform Radeon 9600 Pro PC and Mac Edition is AGP 2.0 compliant, delivering compatibility with both AGP 4X and 8X systems, including Apple's Power Mac G4 series, Power Mac G5 and "tens of millions" of PC's sold over the last few years. The card can be booted in either platform and software drivers are included for both platforms. ATI Displays, the fully optimized Mac OS X OpenGL driver, features advanced capabilities such as Versavision, enabling screen rotation from Landscape to Portrait mode.