This video card was a little bit revolutionary when it was first released, not because of it's performance or benchmarks, but because it was the first video card to be released with dual processors on. ATI had the right idea that this was the way to go, it's just a shame it only had dual Rage 128 Pro processors on. The Rage 128 graphics processor has been out a long time now. The only reason I can see ATI released this card is because they needed a solid if not spectacular performing gaming card that would act as a stop gap between their older 128 based cards and their what has now become brilliant Radeon graphics card. The Maxx was a solid performer and was also the first card to be released with 64 Mb of memory, so in a way we should be thankful this card was released as it set the tone for some ofthe cards we have now with dual processors and 64 Mb of memory. The benchmarks for the Maxx were solid if not spectacular and presuming you had a reasonable processor then solid frame rates could be achieved in most games. The good thing though was the price because it was released at a reasonably competitive price and it can still be bought for around £80-00 but if you've got £80-00 to spend on a graphics card then you'd probably be better advised on getting a Diamond Viper II or a GeForce 256. Overall a decent card and if you can find one second hand or something for around £60-00 then you'll have yourself a good deal, however I wouldn't advise you to spend much more.
The Rage Fury MAXX looked like it was going to be one of those cards that go straight to the top of the market because it was offering the best components, the fastest components and the most memory on board. A whopping 64Mb RAM built onto the board seemed very appealing. It would aswell with a price tag of around $200. However the card just does not reach the level of performance its supposed to. The Dual Rage 128 pro Processors dont seem to work very well together. Its a certainty that you dont get double the performance of single rage fury 128 pro 32Mb. The so called ATI MAXX technology which I presume is the technology which makes the processors work together cant be that good. You cant take power away from the processor and having more memory can only be a good thing, so it must be down to the way the card is driven. Maybe if the Drivers get a little more behind them we may see an improvement, but I doubt its worth buying this card now that the Radeon is out. lets look at what the card did have. well it has the normal ATI features, who allways pack there cards full of everything thats going. So we obviously get a hardware DVD decoder in there which is allways helpful. It supports AGP 2x and 4x and supports both Open GL and Direct 3D all the standards features in todays cards now. In conclusion its not a bad card for the price its sold at but its no where near as good as what it should be, A dual processor card with 64Mb RAM should easilly be leagues ahead of what this card really is.
It doesn't work with Windows 2000. If you are happy that you will not need to upgrade to Win 2000 during the lifetime of your card then this is the best at its price. If not, then take a look at the GeForce chip based cards. One of the main advantages that this card has over its competitors is that it is using the ATI Rage Pro graphics chip which has been in existance for some years and is therefore a proven technology, unlike some others that are a little unstable at the best of times. But don't be fooled into thinking that this chip is old technology because not only has it been updated to perform leading edge graphics acceleration but this card uses two chips, both with 32Mb of SDRAM each! If it wasn't for the lack of Win 2000 support then it would get 5 stars, but I have to give it still more than respectable 4.
ATI's Rage Fury Maxx targets hard-core gamers with double-barreled, 32-bit performance. Its unique design packs two graphics engines on one card, but before you can move up to this level of 3D realism, you need to make sure you meet the minimum system requirements. Two-Fisted Technology The Rage Fury Maxx consists of two 32MB Rage 128 Pro graphics chips, which use ATI's Alternative Frame Rendering (AFR) technology to let them work together. The resulting 3D performance is impressive. This hybrid accelerator is optimized for 32-bit applications and delivers unparalleled 3D textures and color depth at high resolutions. The quality of the images it delivers is nice, and the performance is even better. In tests, the ATI outperformed various GeForce-based cards in Descent 3 by about 40 percent. But to realize this card's superior, 32-bit color performance, you'll need a fast PC (preferably 600 MHz or better), Windows 98, and an AGP slot. And since AFR technology works only with full-screen 3D applications, you won't see any 2D performance gains. AFR automatically detects 2D applications, decouples the chips, and assigns a single Rage 128 Pro to do the work. But even operating on a single chip, the Maxx performed on a par with GeForce-based cards in CNET Labs' 2D tests. Enhanced Setup The Maxx looks substantial. Eight memory modules line its edge for a whopping total of 64MB of SDRAM. Each chip has a separate cooling fan, and there's also a video-out port for a second monitor. Our test unit slid easily into the AGP slot, and ATI's enhanced setup disc made software installation equally effortless. ATI includes a great set of drivers with this card, giving users a much wider array of display options than normal. The product's generous software bundle includes ATI's DVD Player 3.2 and a full version of Descent 3. The Maxx offered some of the best DVD playback we've seen without a dedicated MPEG deco
der card. At $299, ATI's Maxx definitely hits the upper end of gamer-oriented graphics cards, where it's pretty much a choice between this and an Nvidia GeForce-based card. ATI includes excellent drivers, which could easily tip the scales toward this card, although its reliance on Windows 98 will put a hold on it for some.