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ATI Radeon 9800 Pro will stay alive

Partners can still sell'em. That's it
Mon Feb 14 2005, 08:03
WE ORIGINALLY reported that the ATI Radeon 9800 PRO will live until mega German IT show, CeBIT, and that will be replaced with a bridged R430 with Realto core. You have to bridge R430 to make an AGP card out of it.

But now it has emerged that ATI will keep this chip alive after CeBIT, as its partners still love them and possibly more importantly, can still sell them. There will be a place for this chip in the future and R430 paired with Realto bridge chip will take its time to completely replace Radeon 9800 Pros.

The Radeon 9800 Pro - now a mainstream chip - is definitely a nice AGP solution and can provide some decent playability with most current games.

Nvidia offers its Geforce 6600GT AGP in this market segment, another good chip that is available and comes with some nice features such as a working video engine and Shader Model 3.0

As we've said many times before, Nvidia and ATI will keep AGP cards coming, and it seems that future of upgrade market will be bridged. In UK retail market PCI card is still among top selling cards, so if PCI still lives years after AGP introduction, AGP will surely stay for at least few years with us. µ


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