updated 03:50 pm EST, Tue January 8, 2002
ATI today introduced the Radeon 7000 and the Radeon 8500, new Mac versions of its retail graphics cards.
The Radeon 8500 retail graphics board offers a core clock speed of 250 MHz and a memory clock speed of 275 MHz, as well as 64 MB of DDR memory. ATI claims it delivers "up to 25 percent higher performance than the nearest competitive product." The card supports ATI's Truform (smooth and natural 3D surfaces), Smoothvision (minimize jagged edges), Hyper Z II (memory bandwidth saving), and Pixel Tapestry II (2 gigatexals/sec), Video Immersion II (DVD video playback), and Charisma Engine II (T&L @ 6.2M triangles/sec). The AGP graphics card is due with support for OS X and Mac OS 9 in February for $300 and offers multiple display capability, supporting a variety of combinations of output through DVI-I, VGA and TV-out connectors.
The Radeon 7000 PCI card offers 32MB of DDR memory and ATI's Pixel Tapestry, Hyper Z, and Video Immersion technologies for DVD playback as well as OpenGL and QuickTime acceleration. The $130 card, with dual display support, is due on retail shelves next week and offers an integrated TV-out and a DVI interface.