Graphics cards

ATI Cards

ATI 9800xt

Radeon 9000 series - a largely outdated series of cards, superseded by the X series. The 9000-series cards are still widely available as low-cost graphics solutions, however. There are a lot of different card models in this series, but the most commonly encountered are the Radeon 9250, 9550, 9600, 9700 and 9800.

Although the cards have largely been supplanted by the X-series of cards, they can still offer decent performance at the top-end of the range. A Radeon 9600 has a comparable rendering speed to a X300 card, and a 9800 Pro can rival the X600 line. Neither can match up in terms of geometry performance, however, and they lack some of the image quality features of the X series. They also lack the X series' support for video compression acceleration.

Radeon X series - currently the mainstream and top-end processors of the ATI line, these PCIe and AGP solutions go head to head with the Nvidia 6 series. At the bottom end of the range you find the sub-$150 X300 cards, while at the top end, the X850 cards can set you back more than $750.

Pound for pound, they're a little better than the 9000 range of ATI cards, although the top-end of the 9000 series will outperform the low end of the X series. The X series does not see a dramatic improvement in the fill rate over the 9000 cards, but the geometry and image quality capabilities are considerably better. For instance, the Radeon X700 Pro has roughly the same fill rate as the Radeon 9800 XT (3.4 gigapixels) but 55 per cent better geometry performance (637.5 million triangles per second, as opposed to 412 million for the 9800 XT).

The X range includes the following base chips:

  • X300
  • X600
  • X700
  • X800
  • X850

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

PC World Staff

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?