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      02.07.2002 22:43

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      I have had this product(vivo version) a year now and expect be using it for at least another year. - Advantages: very fast, detailed graphics, more than adequate for all the available software i have tried to date - Disadvantages: I have experienced a few hardware conflics with my CPU though is may only be that my CPU needs upgarading

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      08.05.2002 05:14

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      Having built machines using the ATI Xpert 2000 pro (nice cheap all purpose card) I needed to upgrade my own system to something faster as my Viper II was objecting to a lot of the new games and support from Diamond had dried up. I decided to try the ATI Radeon 7200 which was reasonably priced and seemed to offer a bit more than the Xpert cards. The retail pack contains the card, manuals, CD and loads of cables and connectors for hooking up to a TV (the card has TV out as standard as well as VGA). Once installed in the machine, Windows identifies the card as a standard PCI VGA card and up it comes with no problems. Then comes the driver intallation. The CD autoruns and gives you a number of options of which one is intall. This gives you the option to install the card drivers and mulitmedia center (version 7.2 with the DVD player). The installation of the drivers proceeds smoothly but sticks with a window saying configuring graphics devices. It looks as if the system has hung at this point but if you leave it for 5 to 10 minutes, it proceeds onto the directX installation. A reeboot later and the card is up and running on the ATI drivers. In advanced display settings are a number of ATI tabs which allow you some degree of tweaking but keen to get on with, I left these alone. Testing with some of my older games, the card worked 100% and was noticably faster than my old card at doing the 3D graphics. It also ran the games my old card couldn`t run, with ease. Even with the resolution and graphics maxed up, gameplay was still smooth and even. The only minor niggle is that at 640x480 and 800x600 resolution, the screen is displayed hard up against the left hand edge of the monitor but 1024x768 is nicely centered. If you switch resolutions a lot, you are likely to be twiddling with the monitor controls. One thing to note is that the RADEON 7200 drivers are NOT supported on Windows 95 (only 98 and higher) so if you are still running 95, stick
      with the Xpert range which have 95 drivers. S ince I don`t have a GeForce 3 card, I can`t say how much slower the Radeon is (or if it is) but for the price, the Radeon does a damn good job thanks for reading an i'd appreciate any feedback sent to my e-mail at zoomzoom2002uk@yahoo.co.uk thanks

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      03.05.2002 02:25
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      I have owned a pc in various guises for approx 8 years now and as all pc owners will know a top of the range pc is within months superceded by the industries latest and greatest offerings. So with that in mind upgrades on a regular basis is required if you want to play the latest power hungry games . Upgrading can consist of many things but the main ones revolve around you cpu and you video card so just under 12 months ago i had saved up enough cash to do just this and i targetted a new video card. I had read great things about ATI's latest cards based on the new Radeon chipset and after quite a lot of research on various websites the choice was either a nvidia based card namely a gforce2 or the radeon. I opted for the Radeon and with it comes the capability of the vivo (video in video out). The Radeon was replacing a Gforce 2 mx card and i must say the first thing that stands out is the image quality compared to the Gforce 2 mx. Driver installation is a breeze with the cd that comes with the card allthough one slightly disapointing part is that you do not recieve any free game or demo discs to try out. I allways feel that if companies offer a free game they will have a much better chance of tempting the customer. The card performs very well and even now that allmost 12 months have passed i do not feel the need to change the card as it is running all the games i have tried with no speed related problems . Dvd playback is fantastic and is just as good if not better than a hoolywood+ based dvd playback card. I have not managed to try the main vivo features on the card but the tv out option works fine and supports composite and svhs ouput. Now the downside as i see it , the main gripe you allways seem to read about any ATI card are bad drivers. I subscribe to the point that they are not that bad and run a large percentage of games fine but i have come across several games that j
      ust do not work well with the card . A example is Westwoods Command and Conquer Renegade. This game is a first person shooter and you start of with no weapon!!! you also see the wheels of tanks but no actual body of the tank. You can be pretty sure that the ATI driver division will solve this problem and other similar ones with driver updates and i give them credit for coming up with quite regular updates but imagine the scenario that you have just paid £30 for a game only to get it home and it fails to work correctly. All in all a very good price and they can be picked up nowadays for as little as £70-80 second hand.

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      02.05.2002 05:04

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      it was a fine old afternoon in early Febuary when Psychobob decided he needed a new grafix card. His old ATI Rage Fury Maxx was starting to show its age, trundling along in its psuedo dual card state. The main deciding factor was the purchase of Colin McRae Rally II, the Maxx could only cope upto 1280 X 1024 in 32bit depth and had no support for billinier/trilinier filtering or enviroment mapping. So the decision was made to upgrade, normally i like to read a few reviews or reports on componants before i make a purchase and this was no exception. I knew the card i wanted had to be beefy enough to run games @ 1600 x 1200 in 32bit colour depth but i also had the additionl need of TV- Out because i was getting bored of watching DVD's at my desk and wanted to watch 'em in the front room in the slightly more accomodating armchairs. My first point of call was Toms Hardware Page this guy's site is renownd for the best reviews/latest news/and the most relivent infomation. I checked out the graphics adaptors section and searched for some benchmarks i was rewarded with the comparisons of the Radion against the GE forces's & the new Voodoo 5 5500. In 16-bit resoultions the GE forces dominated the field leaving the Radion & Voodoo trailing but in 32-bit resoultions everytime the screen sizes were increased the Radeon performed better. At the 1600 x 1200 side of the scale the Radion was the sheer winner. It is also wise to point out that only two cards in the test could manage full screen anti aliasing thes being the Voodoo & the Radion check the results yourself for more infomation I had made my desision, i was going to buy a Radion! After a few calls and a bit of trawling through the web i fount the cheepest price of £155.50 inc vat+delivery this was from CCL Computer. I processed my order online using the secure sever and was sent an email the following day confiming my order and with delivery schedualed for the day after. The email was correct the c
      ard turned up via City Link couriors @ 11:30 on the third day, all in all i was impressed with the service and the prompt time between order & delivery. One quick signature later and i had the monster in my grubby little palms. The card arrived OEM boxed and includes one driver cd (inc ATI dvd & Theatre software), two manuals and a selection of cable to allow you to connect the card to your TV via a scart socket Installation went in first time with no mishaps the card was fitted and configured in less than 5 minutes. After downloading the latest driver revision and DirectX8a (the Radeon implements more features of DX8 than any other card on the market at the moment) I was ready to begin gaming.... The Radeon performs beautifully in Colin and in Star Trek Voyager Elite Force running happily @1600 x 1200 x32. There are no delays, frame skips or degradation of quality. Setting up for display on your tv was also simple and within a few minutes i was able to watch DVD on my TV with no problems. The card also supports dual TV & Monitor displays Overall I rate this card very highly for both performance and simplicity

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      08.03.2002 21:04
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      With Nvidia, the major player in graphics technology, designing cards better than ever before. Could ATI produce something that could blow them all away? ATI certaintly didn't think twice about cramming this card with as much state of the art technology they could lay their hands on. The card comes with 64Mb of on-board DDR (double data rate) RAM, ATI's own Radeon 8500 GPU and support for AGP 1X/2X/4X. It also runs in resolutions from 640X480 up to 2048X1536 which is more than enough for anyone. It was also the only card that support DirectX 8.1 on release. But the question that needs answering is, how do all this do in the real world? The answer you will get from the professionals varies. The hardware reviews nearly all say it is the card of choice and is a must buy, the games reviews on the other hand say it is let down in games performance by relativly slow frame rates compared with its Nvidia rivals. As someone who bought the card I can say I am impressed with performance but not quite so with looks. The card has had no trouble running with any of the games I have tried it on, this ranging from old classics such as quake 1 to brand new gaming titles like Aliens vs Predator 2. Even in the most graphics intensive parts of the games the card held it own. Always maintaing its frame rate at an acceptable level. The one thing that dissapointed me is the way games look. The card choose to use what can be described as very small dots of color to render the scenery. This is good at long distances and excellent for doing smoke effects etc but close up the dots become large enough to be noticeable. This itself wouldn't be too bad but they move, a completly still screen can be filled with a wall full of moving dots. This can get annoying after a while, especially if the monitor brightness is set high. The great thing about this card is its promise for the future ( which at £239.99 when I bought it 3 months ago needs to be a selling point
      ), and thats not mentioning its 3 year warrenty. The card has its own technologies that once implemented by games developers ( which they claim is a very simple process ) will make the games look better and run faster than before. These include SMOOTHVISION anti-aliasing, TRUFORM and SMARTSHADER technologies. With an improvement in driver support, by which I mean more frequent driver releases. This card could stand out further from the crowd as the graphics card of choice. Overall then, a very good card with excellent potential for the future.

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        25.02.2002 03:11
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        My last graphics card was an ATI Rage 128 All in wonder...not bad. But my needs were far greater. As a professional photographer I have been using my home computer for image manipulation, aswell as for 3D gaming. Choosing a graphics card is very, very hard.......Untill I saw a damaged package at PC World..... £150....Bargain. This card has everything I need, and more! 64MB of powerful double data rate (DDR) memory Robust integrated Transformation and Lighting (T&L) Accelerates all of today's top 3D games Industry best DVD playback Video capture and TV/VCR-output support (retail version) Optional video capture and TV/VCR-output support (non-retail versions) Supports 3D resolutions (32-bit color) up to 2048x1536 AGP Universal bus (for AGP 2X/4X systems) My work and my pleasure time has not been the same since. I would suggest this graphics card to anyone....even when paying the full price!! WOW !!!!!!!!

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          13.11.2001 02:09
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          I have always been a fan of ATI graphics cards until I came across their first attempt at a 64 Mb card, which was a bit disasterous and caused a few conflicts, however I decided to treat myself to the new 64 Mb 3D Radeon card DDR VIVO ( Video in Video out), Powered by the ATI RADEON graphics processing unit So fast it goes like sugar off a shiney shovel ( or something like that !!), what do those nice people at ATI say about their new baby??? Well the card features ATI's CHARISMA ENGINE? and PIXEL TAPESTRY? technologies The most robust integrated Transformation and Lighting (T&L) Accelerates all of today's top 3D games Industry best DVD playback Video capture and TV/VCR-output support (retail version) Optional video capture and TV/VCR-output support (only for the non-retail versions) Supports 3D resolutions (32-bit color) up to 2048x1536 AGP Universal bus (for AGP 2X/4X systems) The Main Features are ...... High quality performance RADEON? comes powered by 64MB of DDR memory to accelerate all of today's hottest 3D games With DDR memory you get twice the memory bandwidth for the highest data transfer rates through the pipeline Delivers immersive, realistic 32-bit true color 3D graphics at the fastest possible framerates Features ATI's HyperZ? technology that improves memory bandwidth without the added cost of proprietary memory. Best visual reality...... RADEON graphics boards feature the leading-edge technology of the RADEON GPU The RADEON CHARISMA ENGINE supports full transformation, clipping and lighting (T&L) at 30 million/second processing capability for a 10-fold improvement in 3D details 3D game characters are brought to life with the CHARISMA ENGINE support for other cutting-edge character animation such as vertex skinning and key frame interpolation
          PIXEL TAPESTRY , the RADEON 3D rendering engine, powers up to an incredible 1.5 Gigatexels per second for unsurpassed graphics performance A very impressive Industry best DVD playback and decent DVD player software ............. Process full-frame rate, full-screen DVD or MPEG-2 video Hardware DVD saves the expense of buying a separate MPEG-2/DVD decoder card Integrated IDCT and motion compensation allows for DVD decoding with minimum CPU usage HDTV ready....... Video capture and TV/VCR-output support(optional features) Radeon uses ATIs RAGE THEATRE companion chip for high quality video encoding and decoding. Capture MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 full motion video at 720x480 30 fps resolution Grab still images from VCRs or camcorders with composite input Use video-out to connect your PC to TV or VCR for recording Create and edit professional-looking home videos using MPEG-2 video capture. Transfer them to CD and to watch on your DVD player. (Ulead Video Studio software required) Its got the Ultimate 3D game support..... The most complete implementation of the DirectX feature set Instant superior 3D game support right out of the box with full acceleration for today's hottest 3D games Full support and compliance for powerful and demanding DirectX and OpenGL games and applications So in other words this little baby is hot, it comes ion various guises, but prices should start at about £120 for a basic 64 Mb Radeon card, the VIVO version is around £150. but having had my VIVO card for some 2 months now, I can say that its performance is quite impressive, I am running it within Windows XP Professional environment and it runs Microsoft Flight Sim 2002 Pro beautifully. if you are after a new Video Card then you would be daft not to consider this wonder from ATI...

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            08.09.2001 22:17
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            i dont like this video card. the reason why i dont like this video card is because i do not have this video card and i have another video card so i did not buy this video card because i have a different video card and i have a different video card becasue i bought a different video card and i did not buy this video card becasue i didnt see this one and it probably was not out when i bought my video card if this video ard was out i may have boiught it instead of buying another one

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              12.08.2001 07:06
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              For a few years now ATi have not been recognised as being a manufacturer creating for the fast and furious gaming performance needed for today’s latest detailed 3D games. Products such as the Rage128 were plagued with not only delayed releases but poor drivers. "High end" products, such as the Rage Furry MAXX, found themselves paired up with much better performing products from the competitors as a result of these delays. This poor track record was enough to keep the power computer user away from ATI, but good relations ensured ATI's success in the OEM market.They have tended to sit back in the corner dealing with the lower spec machines or the people who preferred the quality all in wonder features such as video capture, DVD play-back and TV facilities. With the release of the Radeon, at last some one had picked up the courage to put a thorn in Nvdia’s side and carry out the fight to have the top performing 2D/3D video card. I have to say ATi have done an excellent job on creating this 64mb version of the Radeon with full video in and video out facilities (vivo) consisting of s-video out, composite in and composite out. These facilities are of the highest quality that ATi is well respected for. Having these facilities onboard means you don’t have to spend a lot more money on an additional card if vivo is some thing you require. The Radeon also include the rage theatre chip for superb quality hardware mpeg 1, 2, YUV9 and VCR 2.0 playback as well capturing. The pricing of the card is very competitive at approximately £150 if you shop around and cheaper if you buy an OEM version without the box and if you are unlucky it will have the slower 166Mhz memory and core speed because lower quality memory is used. I was lucky and managed to get an OEM card with the 5.5ns memory which is clocked at 183Mhz and it actually clocks right up to 210Mhz with no extra cooling. The technology used in the Radeon is
              totally new and not just a tuned up version of the old rage 128 chipset. Hardware ‘Texture & Lighting’ has been introduced taking a heavy load off the main CPU, freeing up valuable clock cycles to be used in running other processes, dramatically speeding up 3D performance in games. Also environmental bump mapping has been included to make the card more future proof when games develop even more demanding graphical effects. This is a feature that all competing Nvidia cards do not currently support (not including the Geforce 3). 2D performance of this card unbeatable. The image quality is razor sharp and colours are real, and vibrant. One of the best 2D displays I have come across. 3D performance is not as fast as its main competitor, the Geforce 2 GTS when 16bit colour but when you are using full 32bit colour and higher resolutions the performance truly excels coming way above the GTS in quake 3 frame rates. This card makes 32bit colour and high resolutions very playable in today’s latest games. When bench marking the card using 3D Mark 2000 I got a score of 6310 with an 850 Athlon Thunderbird, overclocked to 1050 and 256mb of pc133 ram. This falls slightly short of the Geforce GTS scores of about 7000. ATi have never been known for good driver support but I wouldn’t say that the Radeon drivers are bad. But I do recommend you download the latest beta drivers from rage3d.com when installing as these proved to make the card more stable in my system and gave better performance. If you are looking for an all round video card that is feature full, can give unbeatable image quality in 2D and 3D, and plenty of 3D performance for the latest games then this is the best card for the money at the moment. But if your out for raw 3D frame rates and aren’t so bothered by image quality then looking at the Geforce 2 GTS might

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                11.08.2001 23:59
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                I have to say ATi have done an excellent job on creating this 64mb version of the Radeon. The pricing of the card is very competitive at approximately £150 if you shop around and cheaper if you buy an OEM version without the box and if you are unlucky it will have the slower 166Mhz memory and core speed because lower quality memory is used. I was lucky and managed to get an OEM card with the 5.5ns memory which is clocked at 183Mhz and it actually clocks right up to 210Mhz with no extra cooling. 3D performance is not as fast as its main competitor, the Geforce 2 GTS when 16bit colour but when you are using full 32bit colour and higher resolutions the performance truly excels coming way above the GTS in quake 3 frame rates. This card makes 32bit colour and high resolutions very playable in today’s latest games. When bench marking the card using 3D Mark 2000 I got a score of 6310 with an 850 Athlon Thunderbird, overclocked to 1050 and 256mb of pc133 ram. This falls slightly short of the Geforce GTS scores of about 7000. ATi have never been known for good driver support but I wouldn’t say that the Radeon drivers are bad. But I do recommend you download the latest beta drivers from rage3d.com when installing as these proved to make the card more stable in my system and gave better performance. If you are looking for an all round video card that is feature full, can give unbeatable image quality in 2D and 3D, and plenty of 3D performance for the latest games then this is the best card for the money at the moment. But if your out for raw 3D frame rates and aren’t so bothered by image quality then looking at the Geforce 2 GTS might

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                03.06.2001 04:21
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                Whilst upgrading my lowly 200MHz MMX Machine with its 4MB Matrox graphics card, I decided to go all out and get the best available. After talking to a few techies about graphics cards one mentioned the Radeon 64MB DDR...and I'm glad they did!! It was such a relief to be able to play the latest games, at full resolution, with maximum colour depth and refresh rate possible....and with no slow down either!! I've had the card sitting at the heart of my P4 for the last 2 months. Everything I've asked of it has provided. When I thought I had pushed it too far, it rolled over smiled and pushed on. From a gaming point of view, this is the card that will keep you drowling late on in the evening and into the early hours of the following morning. The playback on DVD movies is just amazing too. Its like watching them on a state of the art telly. A must for anyone whos serious about high quality movies through their PC. Also, being a bit of a programmer, being able to run Windows at 1280x1024 is a must. That sort of detail on the screen is so important. This card handles it so well. Ask me if I recommend this card?? You'd be a fool to turn it down. Simply the Best!!

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                20.05.2001 00:32
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                The ATI Radeon ATI have revolutionised their graphics card’s reputation market with the Radeon. It’s amazing 64Mb of onboard reserved RAM is a truly amazing figure, especially for when this card was released. And for around £150 it couldn’t come any better. Some people don’t like ATI cards, but in my mind, nowadays, they must be no-brainers. This fantastic card just deserves to be prayed to. Radeon graphics cards feature the leading-edge technology for unsurpassed graphics performance. Powered by the ATI Radeon graphics processing unit (GPU) Radeon comes to power all of today's hottest 3D games. It delivers immerse, realistic color and 3D graphics at the fastest possible frame rates. Along with a screen with decent hertz age, you can get really amazing performance. The Radeon Charisma Engine supports full transformation, clipping and lighting (T&L) for improvement in 3D details. With full support for DirectX and OpenGL it accelerates all of today's top 3D games, including my favourites: Counterstrike and Unreal Tournament. 3D game characters are brought to life with the Charisma Engine support for other cutting-edge character animation such as vertex skinning and key frame interpolation. Sound good? It gets better. The charisma engine has capabilities beyond the GeForce 2 GTS Ultra engine and polygon interpolation is absolutely extraordinary. Thanks for listening. It's well worth it: buy Radeon. -alexb.

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                  12.05.2001 22:29

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                  I have long been a fan of ATI cards as good all round graphics cards. Lets be honest its a strong name and for business machines a name that you can trust. Now ATI have steped up and in simle terms for top of the range graphics they are top of the class. As games get more demanding the Radeon has the power to deal. In fact when you look at purchasing a game sometimes you can go bellow the processor minimum recomendation if you have this beast inside your machine - It compensates. Problems arise however when it comes to support. For anyone running NT or windows 2000 it's a no go - well it's getting better - slowly. Most new games run without problems - but if your a fan of hunting out bargain games you will often have to download a patch - If you can find one. The task for game manufacturers now is to use the card to the max because the visual displys it can offer are outstanding!

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                  11.05.2001 01:23
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                  This powerful video card was retailing for £250. If u check price compare u may be able to find it cheaper. This video card gives you 64MB of 5.5ns DDR memory running at 166MHz. DDR (Double Data Rate) memory provides a double memory bandwidth over your typical SDRAM SDR, (Single Data Rate) this means a faster performance. The original plan was 200MHz and the first ones actually came out with 183MHz and the new ones are all at 166MHz. The ATI Radeon 64MB DDR is powered by ATI RADEON GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) with a 350MHz RAMDAC. This gives you 32-bit color as high as 2048 x 1536 pixels. There is more technical detail that most don’t understand so, the bottom line is, it has plenty of memory and you can set your monitor to a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Installation This is an easy to install card, first unload you old video drivers and then turn off the computer. Take the case of the computer and find your AGP slot, it is easy to find, there is only one and more than likely your old video card is in it. With a Philips screwdriver remove your old card and place the new card in its place. Next place your case back on and plug in your monitor. Now turn it on and Windows will recognize the new card. You will probably have to install the drivers provided, Windows ME may have them, I’m not sure I still have Windows 98. Then you set your resolution to what you like and you are ready to go. Here are some of the resolutions I use for different monitors. For a 13 to 14 inch monitor I use 640 x 480, for a 17 inch I use 800 x 600 or 1024 x 768 and for my 19 inch I use 1280 x 1024. The higher the resolution that you can use will show more on your screen and will give you less scrolling. Requirements You need and AGP slot for a 2x or 4x AGP. It is recommended best with a 4x AGP system but will work with the 2x. For the AGP 4x (AGP 2.0 compliant) they recommend the following proces
                  sors: Intel Pentium III, IV, Celeron II or the AMD Athlon. For the AGP 2x (AGP 1.0 compliant) they recommend the following processors: Intel Pentium II, Celeron I or the AMD K6-2. A CD-ROM for installation of the software and a DVD-ROM for VD playback. A Color VGA Monitor with a 15-pin VGA connector. (Standard on most monitors) Why 64MB? (Megabytes) There was a time not long ago where everyone thought a 16MB video card is all that would be needed, now 16MB is the minimum on some games. This card is not for all, if you are into games, I highly recommend a 64 MB video card. Most games run great with 16 or 32MB of memory but, the games are getting more high tech all the time and are eating up the video memory. So why settle for 32MB when for a little more you can get 64MB. I play games but that is not my purpose for a 64MB card. When on the Internet I run anywhere from 3 to 7 browsers at a time (Plus MS Word, NAPSTER, AOL Messenger and more.) and my 16MB memory card is eaten alive, now with 64MB it runs so much smoother with power to spare. Other Features There are two versions, Retail and a non-Retail version. What is the difference? The retail version has Video capture and TV/VCR-output support, this is optional for the non-retail version. So if this is important to you, make sure you get the one you wish. Full motion video capture in MPEG-1 and MPEG-2, plus still image capture. HDTV (High Definition Television) Ready with the proper TV and software. It supports DirectX and OpenGL Great 3D acceleration Overall This is the Cadillac of video cards, plenty of memory and performance. It has a 5-year limited warranty I highly recommend the ATI Radeon 64MB DDR.

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