The rage fury is really useful for anything graphics related...input output DVD games you name it. The ATI driver problems are always a bit of a downside to these cards, but fortunately there are solutions. http://www.rageunderground.com is a great site written by someone calling themselves LightSpeed. He actually writes his own drivers for the card, and claims that he probably knows more about the ATI chipset than ATI driver writers (!) And, using the drivers, I can beleive it, my in game performance improved by around 33% looking at a few benchmarks and the like. Not only that, but hes a generous sort and is sending me aonother ATI card as a competition prize. I'd definately advise anyone to get one of these rather than joining the current rat race of "my card's better than yours by 1.5%"..
ATI's Rage Fury graphics card, based on its own Rage 128GL chip, offers almost everything you'd want in a graphics card. A full feature set, very fast performance, and excellent TV-out make it a worthwhile investment for gamers. Its only fault is inferior image quality when we tested it with games in 16-bit color mode. Ultrafast Rendering The Rage 128GL is a RIVA TNT-class 2D/3D chip with AGP 2X support and 32-bit rendering. Like the TNT and the Voodoo 2, the card provides single-pass multitexturing, which gives the ability to process two textures in a single clock cycle. This capability is crucial to getting good performance from games, such as Quake II, that use multitexturing for lighting effects, although it won't make the charts any prettier in Quicken. Although ATI had promised that the Rage 128GL chip wouldn't require a heat sink to keep it cool, the company has opted to include one on retail boards to accommodate a boost in clock speed. In addition to the heat sink, our review unit came with ATI's proprietary ImpactTV2 video encoder, with S-Video and composite TV-out connectors on the bracket, so you can use your television as a display. Televised Computing The board's TV-out quality is excellent, and ATI backs up that quality with great driver support. With simultaneous TV/monitor display, complete Windows display utilities, full DOS support, and the ability to boot onto the TV, the Rage Fury stands out as one of the best solutions for outputting your display to a television screen. Overall 3D image quality, however, is a mixed bag. In our 3D tests, the Rage Fury's quality is impeccable with games that support 32-bit color. But when we dropped down to 16-bit color, we noticed an annoying shimmery, gritty appearance to textures. These display glitches were more apparent in games using Microsoft's Direct3D, such as Thief: The Dark Project, than in OpenGL games. With 32MB of v
ideo memory, the Rage Fury is focused on PC gamers, though it will do a decent job with light multimedia production (especially with 3D-accelerated tools). At $169, the Rage Fury is competitively priced against other high-end games cards, especially when you add in the card's onboard DVD support. But this card is serious overkill for everyday tasks such as office suite productivity applications, for which something like ATI's Xpert XL is more than adequate.
I have been using this card for more than a year now, with mixed results but overall a quality card. It has an excellent DVD support software, which combined with the TV out was my reason for purchasing it. I am also a game player and here the Ati lags, especially on new 3d titles. I have loaded the latest - unsupported - drivers from Ati and these cure many of the game troubles, including letting them run... Ati support is second to none - try them - they respond quickly and with authority. This card is ideal for DVD and other video related uses and only let down slightly by the gameing problems, overall a good (not excellent) card.