by Allan "Zardon"
With AMD's acquisition of ATI
for vast amounts of money, it would be fair to
say there have been high hopes for the long awaited
and by now almost mythical R600.
If hype and rumour could sell product, then the
cards we have in front of us today would guarantee
AMD several hundred million in the first week
of launch. However, in the internet age we are
all way too savvy to part with money before reading
reviews and opinions, this is a luxury in 2007
we should never take for granted. Educated decisions
mean we end up buying the product we
need, not what companies say we should
It has been a quiet six months
for ATI, not only have Nvidia been ruling the
roost with their excellent 8800 series, but with
AMD getting trounced by Intel in the processor
sector, every sane enthusiast is praying that
their graphics division can finally deliver a
competitive product which gives us all good value
for money as well as a stellar gaming experience.
So, the question is, can the R600
take on the huge success story that is the
Nvidia 8800? Today our UK Editor and
graphics card specialist Stuart "Veridian3"
Davidson is going to answer all your questions
with real world gaming performance on multiple
operating systems against 8800 counterparts, as
well as delving into Image Quality concerns and
Video Acceleration. We are sure by the end of
this review you will know if it is money worth