Mobile GPU Q1/2004 Update - ATI M10, M11, and NVIDIA's NV36Mby Andrew Ku on January 28, 2004 2:30 PM EST
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ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 Turbo ProJoining the confusion for prospective notebook buys is the term Turbo Pro, which added to the Mobility Radeon 9600 title sounds like some "suped-up" version of the mobile GPU. The postfix Turbo Pro is now reserved for systems with an M10 chip that meet the Mobility Radeon 9600 Pro requirements and are configured with at least 128MB operating at 240MHz memory clock.
|ATI's M10 Family Line-up|
|Mobility Radeon 9600||Mobility Radeon 9600 Pro||Mobility Radeon 9600 Turbo Pro|
|Min. Memory Configuration||-||64MB||128MB|
|Min. Core Clock||-||333MHz||333MHz|
|Min. Memory Clock||-||-||240MHz|
The new requirements for Mobility Radeon 9600 Pro have some ramifications. Previously, there were fewer distinctions between laptops with 64MB or 128MB of video memory, high and low core clocks, etc. Now, there is a three-tier naming solution for the M10 and this means that several notebooks dubbed non-Pro have suddenly and miraculously gone professional, and dare I say it, Turbo pro. If anything, these multiple naming derivatives make it more confusing, so hopefully this won't happen with M11 or future mobile GPUs.