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Product : Rage Fury
Company : ATI Technologies
Author : Brian Rubin
Date : August 10th, 1999

Introduction

This is probably the hardest part to write of my review. Being a first time hardware reviewer, I really don't know where to begin. I could begin with the usual malarkey of how the Rage Fury is ATI's latest generation board based on ATI's Rage 128 chipset. I could begin with how I chose the Fury as my current graphics board, and what research I did. I could drone on about anything, really, but I won't.

What I will do is get right down to the nitty-gritty. This review will be written as fairly and objectively as possible. I've had many months to observe and test the Fury's performance, and what I write will hopefully leave you with an impression on what I've discovered in that time. In this review, I hope you will learn from and enjoy what I have to say. Let us begin, shall we? =)

Reviewer's System

  • CPU: Pentium II 266
  • Motherboard: Abit BH6 Motherboard
  • Memory 64 Megs PC100 RAM
  • HDD1: 1.6 gig IBM HD
  • HDD2: 4.3 gig WD HD
  • CDR: 5X Creative Labs DVD-ROM
  • Videocards:
    • ATI Rage Fury
    • Wicked 3D Voodoo2 Boards (SLI)
    • Diamond Monster Sound MX300
  • Other:
    • PCI 56k Modem

What the company says

These are the product highlights taken directly from ATI's Rage Fury page. My comments will follow in italics. Please refer to ATI's page for more specifications.

  • Up to 32MB of memory for realistic gameplay with massive textures and high resolution
    • This was the first graphics board with 32 megs of memory, but that has been overshadowed by the recent releases of the TNT2 and the Voodoo3
  • 32-bit true color 3D graphics up to 1920x1200
    • This is one of the Fury's greatest assets, as its 32-bit color rendering is stunning.
  • Full OpenGL ICD, Direct 3D and DirectX 6.0 support for all your favorite 3D games
    • The D3D performance is great, but OpenGL has been suffering ever since the board's initial release.
  • Advanced 3D features including line and edge anti-aliasing, double buffering, gouraud shading and single-pass multi-texturing
    • All true, and as stated before, it looks great.
  • A RAGE 128 graphics engine and 128-bit memory interface for incredibly fast 3D and 2D graphics performance
    • It's true that the chipset does allow incredibly fast 2D performance, but 3D performance is somewhat lacking.
  • Hardware DVD for full-frame rate, full-screen DVD playback
    • This feature is still unique to the Fury, and my favorite feature.
  • Available with TV output option for big-screen gaming
    • The TV out on the Fury is incredible, allowing for great DVD and gaming output onto the big screen. It's a little finicky, though.





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