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The ATi Radeon 9000 and Radeon 9700 Preview
ATi 's Next Generation Products Unveiled

By, Jeff Bouton
July 18, 2002

High Quality Imagery
Screenshots Taken with the 9000 Pro

Below are a few screenshots that demonstrate the effects of Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic filtering on image quality.  These were taken on a Radeon 9000 board but we'll be updating our article when we get the Radeon 9700 in and have had a chance to snap a few hundred shots with all its new settings. 

Take a look at these screenshots taken from "Return from Castle Wolfenstien."  Notice how the first image, which does not have AA or Anisotropic filtering enabled, loses detail as the perceived distance increases, particularly on the gate and ceiling.  The sharpness and detail really becomes less defined in the area around the gate in the center of the screenshot.  Now take a look at the second image after 2X Anti-Aliasing and 16X Anisotropic filtering is enabled in the Catalyst drivers.  Note how the detail in the walls, floor, ceiling and space around the doorway have all become more crisp and well defined.  If you closely compare the two images you'll see that even the flames of the torch have greater detail, adding to the game's realism.
 

Without FSAA and Anisotropic Filtering Enabled

With 2X FSAA and 16X Anisotropic Filtering Enabled


Examples of Game play with a Dual Monitor Setup

Users into strategy games or simulators should really enjoy the dual-monitor capabilities of the Radeon 9000 Pro.  Thanks to the dual 400MHz RAMDACs, this card can drive two monitors independently at high resolutions without compromising image quality on either.  Below are a few examples of how a dual monitor setup can enhance overall game play.  These are images taken from Star Trek Armada II where the player can control the action from one screen while watching the action on the other.  We're sure Flight Simulator fans would like to tap this feature as well.

 

Again we hope to come back to Radeon 9700 image quality and screen shots, when we get a board in the lab in the not so distant future.  6X AA with 16X Aniso Filtering certainly produced fantastic imagery during our demo early this month.  We'll be sure to give you lots more eye candy in the weeks ahead, with various new game titles.

R9000 Benchmarks


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