ATI has achieved more throughput than any other consumer graphics chip, and they’ve done so without resorting to a Dustbuster appendage. Shader programs will largely be written in high-level shading languages like MS’s HLSL and broken down into passes by a runtime compiler. The Radeon Pro will debut with an effective MHz memory clock speed, which gives it a very healthy NVIDIA’s GeForce FX Ultra may have captured at least part of the technology and performance titles for itself, but the cards are so rare, we haven’t even been able to secure one for review. Hard to argue with that.
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Essentially, to provide really complex shader effects in real time, you want to avoid making multiple rendering passes, at least in the traditional sense of full passes through the GPU pipeline. The At bit DDR memory interface runs at a higher clock speed, which allows the chip to have even more memory bandwidth than the Radeon Pro.
Finally, the R’s has an improved cache for Z-buffer reads and writes, to aid in the bandwidth-intensive task of handling pixel depth information.
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No, that’s not a huge gain in terms of bandwidth overall, but it’s not bad. We’ve already raseon the Radeon Pro in some depthand I will try to avoid repeating myself here.
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Multi-pass rendering is nifty because it overcomes a lot of technical limitations, but it’s a performance killer because it duplicates lots of work unnecessarily. In this case, the chip must perform a color blend operation before writing the pixel to the framebuffer, which can cause problems dr the look of the final, rendered output.
The key things you need to know about the R chip are fairly basic.
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The Radeon Pro, by contrast, topped out at With fast bit DDR memory, improved pixel shaders, and more efficient use of memory bandwidth, the Radeon Pro looks to be the new king of the hill. F-buffer The most significant piece of new technology in the R, however, is more than a simple performance tweak. It’s nice of Krogoth to fill in for Chuckula over the holidays. Your new graphics catch phrase: NVIDIA’s GeForce FX Ultra may have captured at least part of the technology and performance titles for itself, but the cards are so rare, we haven’t even been able to secure one for review.
Hard to argue with that. However, as with traditional multi-pass approaches, pixel shader programs will have to be structured to account for the GPU’s per-pass rendering limitations. Also, the company has tuned the chip’s memory controller to better arbitrate reads and writes during heavy use, which should especially help performance when rendering antialiased pixels.
ATI has addressed the R’s pixel shader limitations in R by implementing something called an F-buffer. To understand why all of this multi-pass stuff matters and to get a sense why I get all hot and bothered when talking about DirectX 9-class hardware, go read my article about such things.
In order to produce more complex effects, the R would have to resort fdr multi-pass rendering. Shader programs will largely be written in high-level shading languages like MS’s HLSL and broken down into passes by a runtime compiler.
For instance, multi-pass rendering doesn’t handle transparent or translucent surfaces particularly well. Honestly, I didn’t expect ATI to address the R’s instruction pixel shader limit with this “half-generation” refresh chip, but they’ve apparently done so.
ATI has achieved more throughput than any radeob consumer graphics chip, and they’ve done so without resorting to a Dustbuster appendage. Customize The Tech Report The pixel shaders on the R chip are limited to program lengths of 64 instructions, which simply isn’t enough to create some of the more compelling shader effects developers might want to use.
If you want to understand the technology from which the R is derived, please read our review. LG HU85L projector needs but two inches to cast a 90″ picture. The F-buffer approach does have some limitations, but they aren’t show-stoppers, from what I gather. With high-level shading languages, radeoh need not think much about the hardware’s per-pass limitations. Dell returns to the stock market after six years. That is, info about a pixel’s position on the Z axis.