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Ignore all Radeon 9600XT reviews: a new baby is coming

New silicon shipped yesterday
Thu Oct 16 2003, 13:03
WELL, all the reviews of the Radeon 9600XT that you saw starting yesterday could easily be false, since ATI did one more respin on its chip before sending it to manufacturers just yesterday.

The Radeon 9600XT is not that much faster than the old Radeon 9600 PRO and certainly not faster than Hexus' NV36 FX 5700, but we hear that ATI has plans to fix this.

It seems that they have silicon that can run faster than the one currently being reviewed all over the net.

Just to remind you, there were a lot of samples of the Radeon 9600 PRO around at Cebit time but they were redrawn simply because Nvidia had a faster offering at the time. ATi then miraculously found some headroom on the RV350 chip to make it run faster.

And expect history to repeat itself once again.

We also expect there should be some of the turbo-charged cards available for testing very soon. Watch this space… µ


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