Decoding ATI's clock speed scramble

OUR RECENT NEWS STORY about ATI's apparent decision to continue playing clock speed games with their OEM and retail cards garnered a fair amount of attention. The consumer who buys a computer system (or an OEM card) with a "Radeon 8500" inside will get a card that might be more appropriately called a Radeon 8200. ATI has regularly engaged in such practices in the past, but ATI's new model numbering scheme offers ample room for the company to do the right thing and clarify the issue. ATI has apparently elected not to do so.

Earlier today, ATI released a series of "questions and answers" to its favorite members of the press in an attempt to clarify some issues surrounding the Radeon 8500. Read on to see how this statement took some liberties with the truth.

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