Graphics cards


ATI variations

As with Nvidia, each ATI chip comes in multiple flavours. You have, for example, the Radeon 9800, Radeon 9800 Pro, Radeon 9800 SE and Radeon 9800 XT. For the most part, these model numbers indicate variations in the clock speed of the chip and of the memory on the card.

Here's a quick rundown of the variations ATI uses:

SE - a cheaper card that has half the memory bandwidth of the base card. A X300 SE, for instance, has a 64-bit wide connection to the graphics card memory. A normal X300 has 128-bits.
Pro - indicates that the card is faster in some respect than the base card. It can mean the card has a faster processor, faster memory, or more pixel pipelines to increase the rendering rate.

VIVO - indicates that the card has support for composite or S-Video inputs and outputs. A VIVO card will have TV-out and TV capture, so you can plug a video recorder into it and digitise the video. It does not necessarily mean it has a TV tuner, however.
XT - the next step up from the "Pro" cards. It indicates that the card runs at a higher clock speed again than the Pro and Basic cards.
XT PE - a step up in performance yet again from the XT cards.

So, the order of performance within a given model, from slowest to fastest, is the SE, the basic card, the Pro, the XT and the XT PE.

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

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

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.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?