ATI General Help.

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  1. wee017

    wee017 New Member

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    I have never really known how the ATI "Family Tree" if you would, works. I've always been an nVidia kind of guy, and I wanted to get into ATI cards after AMD bought it, so I was wondering if someone would be kind enough to explain ATI cards to me, their models, model numbers, and so on. Thanks.
     
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    basically the higher the number on the radeon the better the card. and if there is an X in front of the number like X800 that is even better than a 9000. cards ending in XT or XL are also better than ones that don't end in that. XT cards generally have more options with overclocking and such built in.
     
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    As I recall it, the ATI suffix rules are:

    SE < nothing < Pro < XT
    The XL seems to be more common as OEM specials - eg. X740XL

    The "generations" ran from:
    Rage/Rage128 (obsolete - VERY)
    Radeon....
    7000-7500 series (DX7 hardware) - last supporting driver = Catalyst 6.5
    8500-9250 series (DX8 Hardware) - last supporting driver = Catalyst 6.5
    9500-9800 series (DX9 PS2.0)
    Xnnn series (DX9 PS2.0)
    X1nnn series or "X1k" (DX9, PS3.0)

    The first digit after the 9, X or X1 generally indicates the group, eg X300 (entry level), X600/700 (midrange), X800 (top end) - for the latest, this is X1300, X1600/1650 and X1800/1900.

    Strangely, there is no direct model number identifier for AGP/PCI-E
     
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    Thanks. It was easier than I thought. As long as crossfire goes, it's the same as SLI in nVidia?
     

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