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Gigabyte GA-8TRS350MT Radeon 9100 IGP PRO Review

Gigabyte GA-8TRS350MT Radeon 9100 IGP PRO Review  - PCSTATS
Abstract: Bread by a videocard card company endowed the ATI RS300 with a couple of cool features like SurroundView, DX8 integrated graphics, and support for 16X AF and 4X FSAA.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Sep 22 2004   Max Page  
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Improvements on the Radeon 9100 IGP PRO

The ATi 'RS350' Radeon 9100 IGP PRO is probably the most versatile Pentium 4 chipset on the market at the moment, since it's compatible with both Socket 478 and Socket 775 Pentium 4 platforms... not on the same motherboard mind you.

While we didn't run into any memory compatibility problems with the original Radeon 9100 IGP, we heard quite a few complaints from system integrators that the chipset would only work with the higher end memory modules. If ATi expect consumer, and more importantly OEM's, to use their chipset they must have addressed this issue. During our tests with the gigabyte GA-8TRS350MT, we didn't experience any memory issues, so it should hopefully indicate smoother sailing on that front.

According to ATi, it has also tweaked the 9100 IGP Pro chipset for a tad more performance (about 3%). Exactly what has been one isn't stated, but it probably lies with a more efficient memory controller. TV-Output is now also standard equipment with the Radeon 9100 IGP PRO.

Along side the Radeon 9100IGP Pro is ATIs IXP 300 Southbridge. In the last revision of the 9100IGP PCStats tested, the IXP 250 was utilized. The new 'SB300' natively supports Serial ATA, as well as RAID modes 0 and 1 (for Serial ATA only) thanks to an integrated SiS964 chip.

The company has applied a 3com 10/100 MAC into the southbridge for LAN support, though we're left wondering why ATI didn't just opt for gigabit Ethernet from the start. The 9100IGP is a value-oriented (read middle to low end) chipset, so the cost of Gigabit is left to the motherboard manufacturer to build in.

If a manufacturer does decide to include Gigabit ethernet, it will not run on the PCI bus like the Intel CSA solution, but rather on its own pipe on the 266MB/s A-Link between the North and Southbridge chips. See the block chart above.

Fans of ATIs Surroundview tri-monitor feature will be happy to hear that it's still applicable to the Radeon 9100 IGP PRO. You'll need to install a Radeon 9000-9800 videocard in the free AGP slot first, however.

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-8TRS350MT
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-8TRS350MT Radeon 9100 IGP PRO Review
 Pg 2.  — Improvements on the Radeon 9100 IGP PRO
 Pg 3.  Gigabyte GA-8TRS350MT BIOS
 Pg 4.  System Spec's and Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  Benchmark: Winstone 2002, Winbench 99
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: PCMark2002, 3DMark2001
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: AquaMark 3, Comanche 4, X2: The Threat
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: UT2003, UT2004
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: Doom 3, Maximum OC Speed Comparison

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