ATI entered like a graphics giant with more than 1, employees and during the year topped number of 3d chips sold, many of them integrated on motherboards. Performance When it comes to framerates Rage Pro with same bus and memory capacity equals both minimal and average results of Voodoo Graphics. Merely tying fastest chipsets on the market with mature drivers , Xpert cards were not exactly gamers dream. Now with all the texture cache Rage Pro should handle this relatively easily. Windows 95 and Mac OS were not supported.

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Current technologies and software. What followed after was series of ATI vs Nvidia battles without a clear conclusion. But when it arrived at the end of the year in the form of Rageit also demonstrated very advanced design with “full speed” 32 bit depth rendering. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

They were ATI’s first graphics solutions to carry the Mobility moniker. NT put them both on the AGP bus and switched between them, and so the board could only operate as a single Rage Pro with the performance of a Rage Fury card.

It offered Filtered Ratiometric Expansionwhich automatically adjusted images to full-screen size. This late chip was very similar to the Rage II and supported the same application coding. And as an integrated graphics for servers it went on almost forever.

High resolution and composited textures are supported. ATI’s effort to bite into professional market is also clear from addition of edge anti-aliasing. Aside from the VR chip’s lower price-point, the main difference was that the former was a full bit design, while the Gap, still a bit processor internally, used a bit external memory interface.


At least sub pixel accuracy was significantly improved but there are still some polygon gaps to be seen in few games. The chip was basically a die-shrunk Rage Prooptimized to be very inexpensive for solutions where only basic graphics output was necessary. ATI showed cleverly balanced chip and in rapidly consolidated market suddenly became the only “real” threat to what was shaping like Rate complete domination.

Playing like a Pro Per-polygon mip mapping sgp wrong I already mentioned bilinear filter optimization. When it comes to framerates Rage Pro with same bus and memory capacity equals both minimal and average results of Voodoo Graphics.

ATI Rage XL Xpert 98 XL 8mb AGP Graphics Card VGA 1025-35070 Xpert98xl Agp2x

Despite the poor introduction, the name Rage Pro Turbo stuck, and eventually ATI was able to release updated versions xxl the driver which granted a visible performance increase in games, however this was still not enough to garner much interest from PC enthusiasts. It was ATI’s first dual texturing renderer, in that it could output two pixels per clock two pixel pipelines.

If it was design choice, the motivation behind it is a mystery to me. Actually, after two freezes doing only timedemos I am not sgp if they ever really got it stable.

ATI XPERT 98 graphics card – RAGE XL – 8 MB Series

In reality, early versions of the new driver only delivered increased performance in benchmarks such as Ziff-Davis ‘ 3D Winbench 98 and Final Reality. Perhaps the rumor was spawned by the “trilinear” claim.


The chip should support also WRAM with external MHz ramdac to exploit them at high resolutions, but I am not aware of any card taking advantage of that. Finishing words The Rage Pro line may have not been warmly welcomed by gamers in retail, but strong OEM deals were feeding the ragge better then ever. In games, performance actually suffered.

And since Nvidia tripped over their shoelaces talent of ATI was no longer to be in doubt. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. One weakness of previous Rage architecture remained- the inability to filter alpha blended textures.

ATI XPERT 98 – Graphics adapter – RAGE XL – AGP 2x – 8 MB SDRAM – retail at Backoffice

Views Read Edit View history. The takeover of ATI had some critics, but the trend of the future seems to be a convergence of CPU and graphics back into a single device and in this regard AMD is doing very well. In finally all the efforts delivered the big success, Radeona card with undisputed performance achievements and solid drivers from the start.

Not quite there yet, but ATi found it sufficient for years to come. This page was last edited on 7 Juneat Archived from the original on Developers were not pleased.