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Product : Radeon 9600 Atlantis & 9600 Atlantis Pro Fireblade Edition Review
Company : Sapphire
Author : Mark 'Ratchet' Thorne
Date : June 16th, 2003

Specifications & Features

The most obvious differences between the 9600 and the 9600 Pro is the PCB. The 9600 is built on ATI's 8500 PCB design and uses the older TSOP packaged DDR memory (which is rated for 250MHz). The 9600 Pro, conversely, is built on a new PCB and takes advantage of the newer modern BGA packaged DDR memory (rated for 350MHz), which runs cooler and faster than the older TSOP memory. Also, unlike the other cards in ATIs DirectX9 lineup, neither the 9600 or the 9600 Pro need an external power connector to operate. This is due in part to the smaller number of transistors used in the RV350 core (relative to the other DX9 Radeons), as well as the use of the smaller and more power efficient .13µ based cores.

  Radeon 9600 Pro Radeon 9600 Radeon 9500 Pro Radeon 9500
Manufacturing Process .13µ .13µ .15µ .15µ
Transistor Count
75 75 110 110
Core Speed 400MHz 325MHz 275MHz 275MHz
Memory Speed 300MHz
Memory Interface 128bit 128bit 128bit 128bit
Max Memory 256MB 256MB 256MB 256MB
Rendering Pipelines 4 4 8 4
TMUs per Pipe 1 1 1 1
Peak Bandwidth 9.6 GB/s 6.4 GB/s 8.6 GB/s 8.6 GB/s
Pixel Fillrate
(million pixels/sec)
1,600 1,300 2,200 1,100
Texel Fillrate
(million texels/sec)
1,600 1,300 2,200 1,100
Pixel-Shader version 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
2 (2.0) 2 (2.0) 4 (2.0) 4 (2.0)

  • 4 parallel rendering pipelines
  • 2 parallel geometry engines
  • 128-bit DDR memory interface
  • AGP 8X support
    • Programmable pixel and vertex shaders
    • 16 textures per pass
    • Pixel shaders up to 160 instructions with 128-bit floating point precision
    • Vertex shaders up to 1024 instructions with flow control
    • Multiple render target support
    • Shadow volume rendering acceleration
    • High precision 10-bit per channel frame buffer support
    • Supports DirectX® 9.0 and the latest version of OpenGL®
    • 2x/4x/6x full scene anti-aliasing modes
      • Adaptive algorithm with programmable sample patterns
    • 2x/4x/8x/16x anisotropic filtering modes
      • Adaptive algorithm with bi-linear (performance) and tri-linear (quality) options
    • 3-level Hierarchical Z-Buffer with early Z test
    • Lossless Z-Buffer compression (up to 24:1)
    • Fast Z-Buffer Clear
  • TRUFORM 2.0
    • 2nd generation N-Patch higher order surface support
    • Discrete and continuous tessellation levels per polygon
    • Displacement mapping
    • Seamless integration of pixel shaders with video
    • FULLSTREAM™ video de-blocking technology
    • Noise removal filtering for captured video
  • MPEG-2 decoding with motion compensation, iDCT and color space conversion
  • All-format DTV/HDTV decoding
  • YPrPb component output*
  • Adaptive de-interlacing and frame rate conversion
  • Dual integrated display controllers
  • Dual integrated 10-bit per channel 400 MHz DACs
  • Integrated 165 MHz TMDS transmitter (DVI 1.0 compliant)
  • Integrated TV Output support up to 1024x768 resolution

Sapphire Radeon 9600 Atlantis Pro Component Side
Sapphire Radeon 9600 Atlantis Pro Component Side
Sapphire Radeon 9600 Atlantis Pro Solder Side
Sapphire Radeon 9600 Atlantis Pro Solder Side
Sapphire Radeon 9600 Atlantis Component Side
Sapphire Radeon 9600 Atlantis Component Side
apphire Radeon 9600 Atlantis Solder Side
apphire Radeon 9600 Atlantis Solder Side

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