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Old 09-19-02, 09:27 AM   #1
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Default FalconNW and Voodoo under ATI 9700 spell!!!

Quick!!!

You Nv trolls should get over to the Falcon NorthWest and VoodooPC sites and set them straight!

Here's the story...

ATI's RADEON™ 9700 PRO First Choice for Falcon Northwest Gaming Systems

ATI's VPU takes over as Falcon Northwest's high-performance graphics card of choice

Wednesday, September 18, 2002

MARKHAM, Ontario - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) today announced that the new feature-rich RADEON™ 9700 PRO has been chosen by Falcon Northwest to power their Mach V custom built extreme gaming systems. The visual processing unit (VPU) from ATI is also blazing a trail at Falcon Northwest, with 90 per cent of buyers choosing the RADEON 9700 PRO as their card of choice.

By incorporating eight parallel rendering pipelines, Microsoft® DirectX® 9 support, AGP 8X support and a fully programmable floating point architecture, ATI's RADEON 9700 PRO has earned its place as a truly revolutionary graphics chip, delivering high-speed performance and cinematic quality to the gaming and enthusiast market.

"ATI's RADEON 9700 PRO is the fastest thing on the planet right now, and we're pleased to make it a part of our Mach V line of gaming PCs," stated Kelt Reeves, President of Falcon Northwest Computer Systems. "The RADEON 9700 chipset has come charging out of the gates to become the undisputed speed champion. ATI is the new card of choice in our Mach V gaming PCs."

ATI's RADEON 9700 PRO incorporates revolutionary architecture focusing on performance, precision and programmability. The feature-rich VPU also includes SMARTSHADER™ 2.0, SMOOTHVISION™ 2.0, HYPER Z™ III, and VIDEOSHADER™, the industry's first architecture to use programmable pixel shaders to accelerate video streaming.


"The unparalleled success of the RADEON 9700 PRO line-up of graphics boards showcases ATI's commitment to providing gamers with the ultimate graphics experience," said Matt Skynner, Director, Graphics Partner Marketing, ATI Technologies, Inc. "ATI set the bar higher than ever with the launch of the RADEON 9700 PRO VPU. Falcon Northwest's customers are showing their strong support through their purchase choices, confirming that the RADEON 9700 PRO is by far the best board on the market."

The Falcon Northwest Mach V gaming systems are currently available with the new RADEON 9700 PRO at www.falcon-nw.com.



And here's the other half...

ATI's RADEON 9700 PRO Chosen for Voodoo PC's Hardcore Gaming Machines

ATI Technologies Inc. today announced that the RADEON 9700 PRO, the fastest, most technologically advanced 3D visual processing unit (VPU) on the planet, is now available for order in Voodoo PC's line of high-end desktop PCs.

With ATI's RADEON 9700 PRO on board, Voodoo PC delivers stunning performance options and cinematic-quality gaming experiences to enthusiasts around the world. The feature-rich VPU features four parallel geometry engines that can digest more than 300 million transformed and lit polygons per second and has eight parallel rendering pipelines that can process an astounding 2.5 billion pixels per second.

"Voodoo PC has a strong history of providing hardcore gaming enthusiasts with the tools they want," said, Matt Skynner, Director, Graphics Partner Marketing, ATI Technologies, Inc. "With the addition of ATI's RADEON 9700 PRO VPU to Voodoo PC's line-up, gamers are going to feel numbing speeds, experience total flexibility and witness the most realistic visuals they have ever seen."

ATI's RADEON 9700 PRO is the first graphics architecture to support Microsoft® DirectX 9. Featuring ATI's SMARTSHADER 2.0 and floating point precision, the VPU delivers unprecedented visual quality. The implementation supports up to 16 textures per rendering pass with Pixel Shaders 2.0 and vertex programs of up to 1,024 instructions with flow control. This architecture also enables users to reap the benefits of cinematic-quality shader programs that produce detailed, realistic natural environments.

"ATI's reputation in the market for pushing the graphics envelope is epitomized by the RADEON 9700," said J. Desmond Brown, Director of E-Business, Voodoo PC. "With the new RADEON 9700 chipset, Voodoo PC can continue to offer graphics power and speed to satisfy even our most demanding gamer."

The feature-rich VPU also offers HYPER Z III efficiencies that detect and reduce overdraw and cut memory bandwidth consumption by over 50 per cent, making the VPU more efficient. The RADEON 9700 PRO incorporates a new high-performance 256-bit DDR memory interface, providing over 20 GB/second of graphics memory bandwidth.

Voodoo PC products, featuring the Intel® Pentium 4 processor and the power of the RADEON 9700 PRO can be found exclusively at their website, www.voodoopc.com .



And another thing: they're selling their systems with AGP 8X boards!!! Don't they know that the 9700 won't run at 8X?! Someone get over there quick before two of the most respected gaming-machine retailers go belly-up!!! What are they thinking?!!!


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Old 09-19-02, 09:37 AM   #2
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All right, back to Rage3D with you, little man. These particular OEM system builders will use the fastest video cards available on the market and right now that's the 9700. I don't think there are any of us here who are surprised by this. And keep this in mind - how long have Voodoo, Falcon and Alienware used NVIDIA cards? Thinking as far back as 1999 I don't remember a single one of these makers using a card from ATI, even when 3dfx was still around.

Just think, when the NV30 comes out, barring any unforseen driver/motherboard issues, there is no question we'll be seeing other press releases saying they've switched again. That's the nature of the business, plain and simple.

BTW, last systems I've seen from those manufacturers, used the Asus P4T533, and an Intel reference i850e board - both of which are AGP 4x.
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ya, i really dont see the big deal at all. It's perfectly natural for them to choose the fastest video card available. I dont think these companies care who makes it, so long as it's fastest for gaming. If the NV30 is faster tha R9700 (and it likely will be) than Falcon and the others will offer NV30. And if Matrox tomorrow announced it's brand new "900mhz GPU video card with 512qdr memory and wireless video capture builtin plus free toaster", than they would offer that card in their systems too.
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Thinking as far back as 1999 I don't remember a single one of these makers using a card from ATI, even when 3dfx was still around.

Ooops...you must have leaped over last year when Voodoo PC selected the 8500 in its top o the line rig.
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BTW, last systems I've seen from those manufacturers, used the Asus P4T533, and an Intel reference i850e board - both of which are AGP 4x.
Nope, I checked. They are using AGP 8X boards. You should have checked their site.
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I'm just glad that nvidia is getting some stiff comp. Their nv30 will have to be that much better and this just benifits you and me. But until that time comes I'm glad that all of you nvidiots have to recognize the supremcy of the 9700!



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I'm just glad that nvidia is getting some stiff comp. Their nv30 will have to be that much better and this just benifits you and me. But until that time comes I'm glad that all of you nvidiots have to recognize the supremcy of the 9700!



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AGREED! Not only that, but I bet the price will be competitive too! WOOHOO!
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Ooops...you must have leaped over last year when Voodoo PC selected the 8500 in its top o the line rig.
Hey, you know what they say. Even a blind squirrel manages to find a nut every once in a while. I must have been dead or drunk or something to have missed that.

Back on topic, have you seen that Voodoo modifies the 9700 with a Crystal Orb and BGA RAM sinks so they can OC the card when it ships? I think that's a really cool step that puts them, IMO, a step ahead of Falcon and Alienware.

And don't even get me started on Voodoo's cabling and wiring jobs. <drool>
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Just haven a little fun. AGREED about the competition! WOOT! WOOT!

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The Radeon's work fine in AGP 8x boards. It was never a hardware issue on ATIs front.
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Back on topic, have you seen that Voodoo modifies the 9700 with a Crystal Orb and BGA RAM sinks so they can OC the card when it ships? I think that's a really cool step that puts them, IMO, a step ahead of Falcon and Alienware.

And don't even get me started on Voodoo's cabling and wiring jobs. <drool>
Oooh yeah. They make some nice stuff at VoodooPC. If I was going to buy a machine already built I might go that route myself.
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