ATi RADEON XPRESS 200 Series: AMD Platform Chipsets

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The RADEON XPRESS 200 has one of the most powerful on-board graphics processors released to date.  The integrated graphics core is basically the same as ATi's Radeon X300 series of PCI Express GPUs, minus a couple of pixel pipelines.  The Radeon X300 isn't exactly a high-end GPU, like ATi's flagship X800 for example, but it is a fully capable DirectX 9.0 class GPU with two parallel rendering pipelines and PS 2.0 compatibility...

The ATi RADEON XPRESS 200 Series: IGP Features
AMD Gets A Viable IGP
Graphics Capabilities:
_Two parallel 3D rendering pixel pipelines
_PCI Express x16 lane native support
_64-bit or 128-bit memory interface
_Full DirectX 9 support

_SMARTSHADER defines the level of realism in latest 2D/3D games and applications
_Complete hardware-accelerated Microsoft DirectX 9.0 programmable pixel shader support
_Full hardware support for OpenGL

_SMOOTHVISION improves image quality by smoothing jagged edges, improving blurriness and refining background details during on-screen motion and at lower resolutions.
_SMOOTHVISION settings are user configurable in ATI CATALYST Control Panel:
2x/4x/6x Anti-Aliasing modes
Sparse multi-sample algorithm with gamma correction, programmable sample patterns, and centroid sampling
Lossless Color Compression (up to6:1)at all resolutions
Temporal Anti-Aliasing

_2x/4x/8x/16x Anisotropic Filtering modes
Up to 128-tap texture filtering
Adaptive algorithm with bilinear (performance) and trilinear (quality) options
_HYPER Z ensures optimal hardware performance by discarding irrelevant object data that is not visible to end-user on their display.
_Leverages key features from ATI's third generation HYPER Z III technology that conserves video memory bandwidth for improved performance in demanding 2D/3D games and applications.
_Lossless Z-Buffer Compression (up to 48:1)
_Fast Z-Buffer Clear
_Z Cache optimized for real-time shadow rendering

_Seamless integration of pixel shaders with video in real time
_FULLSTREAM video de-blocking technology for Real, DivX, and WMV9 formats
_VIDEOSOAP noise removal filtering for captured video
_MPEG1/2/4 decode and encode acceleration
_DXVA Support
_Hardware Motion Compensation, iDCT, DCT and color space conversion
_All-format DTV/HDTV decoding
_Adaptive Per-Pixel De-Interlacing and Frame Rate Conversion (temporal filtering)

Additional Features
_Dual integrated display controllers
_Dual integrated 10 bit per channel 400 MHz DACs
_Integrated 165 MHz TMDS transmitter (DVI 1.0 / HDMI compliant and HDCP ready)
Integrated TV Output support up to 1024x768 resolution
Windows Logo Program compliant
ATI CATALYST Software Suite

ATi RADEON XPRESS 200                          Competing DirectX 9.0 IGP

The RADEON XPRESS 200's fully DX9 compliant integrated graphics processor allows it to properly render all DirectX 9.0 content, unlike competing integrated solutions.  The screenshots above (provided by ATi) were taken with Futuremark's recently released 3DMark05.  The image on the left was rendered with the ATi RADEON XPRESS 200, the one on the right with a "competing product".  The difference in image quality is obvious, with the RADEON XPRESS 200 rendering the image as it was meant to be rendered.  The RADEON XPRESS 200 won't be breaking any benchmark records, but what it does do is allow anyone with a motherboard powered by this chipset to run just about any DX9 class game without sacrificing image quality.  The resolution and effect may have to be toned down, but users won't have to settle for DX7 or DX8 rendering.

Another plus for the RADEON XPRESS 200 IGP is that it uses the very same Catalyst drivers as ATi's discreet add-in video cards.  Over the past few years, the Catalyst driver suite has matured nicely and proven to be quite stable and feature-rich, something that can't be said for competing IGP drivers.

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