X-Bit Labs examines FireGL announcement

— 4:35 PM on November 24, 2001

X-Bit Labs has an interesting yet somewhat cynical view of the current press releases announcing ATI's FireGL 8700.

According to the stats of the FireGL 8800, the card sports a 2.4 gigatexel fill rate, which suggests the card has a clock speed of 300MHz. Problem is that the press release for the 8700 announces that it has the exact same fill rate: 2.4 gigatexels. Even the 8700 product page says it's 2.4 gigatexels.

According to the press release, the 8700 is a entry-level workstation card and will have no more than 64MB of memory. But shouldn't the entry level and mid-level offerings have differing clock rates? If one is to believe ATI, the 8800 doesn't even use the same chip that the 8700 and other models sport. Furthermore, according to The Inquirer, the 8700 is clocked at 250MHz. So how exactly are they getting a value of 2.4 gigatexels if the card is only clocked at 250MHz (2 gigatexels)?

X-Bit Labs chalks the whole mess up to ATI at its finest. Me? I'm not going to touch this one with a forty-one-and-a-half-foot pole.

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