ATI's new chips
For the first time, more accurate, as yet unconfirmed, information about ATI's upcoming chip generations has emerged. Accordingly, the R200 (RadeonII) is already available as a sample and has the following properties: 4 render pipelines, 250MHz chip clock, DirectX 8.1 support and HydraVision (= TwinView = simultaneous control of two monitors). In addition, the R200 should be fully SLI capable, i.e. it should be able to be coupled with other chips of its kind. A prerequisite for this is an AGP 4x board.
With the RV200, ATI will apparently bring out a kind of MX card. Compared to its 'big brother' it was robbed of two render pipelines and SLI support. Serial production of both chips will not start before September 2001. More detailed information is already available about the R200 successor. There should be three different types of the R300. The RL300 with its chip clock rate of less than 300 MHz but with full DirectX 9 support will probably be put on the low-cost market. All other technical data should correspond to the predecessor R200. The second representative of the new generation will be the RV300, which is the same as the RL300 except for a chip clock of approx. 300 MHz. NVidia is planning the R300 as the new flagship. With eight gigantic render pipelines, DirectX 9 support and around 300 MHz, it will clearly set itself apart from its relatives, especially when it comes to current games. The first samples of these chips will most likely not be available until the fourth quarter of 2001. Only the R300 should leave the laboratory a little earlier, so that it might be launched on the market at CeBIT 2002.