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Product : Rage Fury
Company : ATI Technologies
Author : Brian Rubin
Date : August 10th, 1999

Conclusion

What you're probably wondering is if this board is worth the money, with competition from Nvidia and 3Dfx already out and reporting better numbers than the Fury. I would have to say it depends on what you're looking for, and how much you're willing to spend.

If you're looking for a decent 2D/3D replacement board for your computer, this would be a good choice. If you're looking to put DVD on your computer, this is a great choice. If you're looking to play games or watch DVD movies on the TV, this is also a great choice.

If, however, you're a hard-core gamer, this choice isn't as good as its competition. The TNT2 Ultra and the Voodoo3 both report faster frame rates, as well as better 16-bit images. The Fury puts out better images in 32-bit mode, however, so again, it depends on what you want. I would have to conclude by saying that this board, while a good one, is not all it could have been.

It came out too late to be included with the last generation of 2D/3D boards, and too near the release of the current generation of boards, of which this one clearly begins to fall behind. I have read reports that ATI plans to release a new video card at the end of the year with a tripling or quadrupling of speed, as well as better 16 bit rendering. I hope that, by then, it isn't too little, too late.


Verdict

Overall Score
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Good
  • Good 32-bit images
  • Good TV-Out
  • Good D3D performance
  • Good price to performance ratio
  • Hardware DVD
Bad
  • Sketchy 16-bit images
  • Compatibility problems





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