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Friday, August 19, 2005

SomeOne See's the Future

ATI today introduced the Radeon 9600 Pro PC & Mac Edition, its first AGP graphics card designed to work with both Macs and Windows-based PCs. The first Graphics card that will install in a AGP PC computers as well as a Macs. The new graphics card is compatible with both Power Mac G4 and G5 systems, and features 256MB of VRAM. It’s equipped with two Digital Visual Interface (DVI) connectors for flat panel displays. One of the DVI connectors is dual-link enabled, so the card can support an Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display along with a smaller DVI-equipped display. ATI also includes a DVI to VGA adapter cable to connect an analog display like a CRT or less expensive LCD panel.

While the card is not a X800, it does show that ATI must see Apple selling more hardware in the future to spend time on making this card. While this card really won't appeal to G5 owners unless you have one of Apple's first's G5 powermacs and want some good and stable FPS, in which I found nVidia 5200 Ultra(with 128mb) unable to do compared to ATI 9800 Pro (with 128mb) I replaced it with.

Rich Heye, Vice President, Desktop Discrete Graphics of ATI said "By providing one card as a solution for two distinct platforms, ATI is making purchasing decisions easy for the computer user. There is no confusion as to whether the card will work in a Mac or a PC, because the Radeon 9600 Pro PC and Mac Edition will provide incredible performance and image quality in both," and for $199 I think it's a great deal. Also Mac owners being able to go to a local Best Buy or Circuit City and get their cards at a great price is a plus!

All you Myst fans out there yesterday Ubisoft released a Mac only demo of Myst V: End of ages which you can download for
It's 475mb download the requires
• Mac OS X 10.2.8 or higher
• 1 GHz G4 or higher
• 256 MB RAM
• 32 MB video card (ATI® RADEON 7000 or better, NVIDIA® GeForce™ 256/2/3/4/FX or better.

Got my Latest copy of MacAddict Magizine which talks about Master Programmer Ryan Gordon having problems porting a playable Unreal Tournament 2004 for the New Intel based Macs.

Also a Hackers Speak article which says the NSA (National Security Agency) lists Mac OSX among the most secure operating systems and one hacker saying "You can't infect the enire OS unless you have root access" and " Windows is extremely vulnerable".

Wanna find out more? buy the maaizine on your newsstands now!!


  • At 8/19/2005 10:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ATI also has pulled their 9800 Models for Mac. What is going to replace them, who knows yet. This 9600 supposidly replaced the 9000 but who knows for sure. Its very pricey so mabe theres another card on the way. There will be more ATI cards coming in soon, thats for sure.



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