ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 Turbo Pro

Joining 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
Architecture M10 M10 M10
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.

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  • Andrew Ku - Friday, January 30, 2004 - link

    For the clock speeds of any mobile GPU from ATI, there is a general target and that is usually designated as the official clock speeds. In the past, ATI hasn't achieved their official clock speeds in shipping notebooks with their high eng mobile GPUs, but they have gotten a lot better at it. Recently, they have been just missing their memory clocks by one or two 10MHz increments, while achieving the official core speeds. Clock speeds are at the mercy of system manufacturers, but they work with the graphics manufacturer to get the most performance out of it. This obviously means that there are some benefits for system manufacturers to get them as close to “official.”
  • rainypickles - Friday, January 30, 2004 - link

    i'm not saying that this article makes any claims about 9000/9200. its just that OEMs have control over clockspeeds, so anything that ATI says their chips run at might not be what you get in your notebook.
  • Jeff7181 - Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - link

  • tfranzese - Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - link

    If you're thinking of the Mobility 9000/9200 I don't think the clockspeeds in this article concern that GPU. I was only aware of the clockspeed problems of the 9600s... article mentions nothing of a 9000/9200 using the turbo pro branding.
  • rainypickles - Wednesday, January 28, 2004 - link

    regarding ATI clockspeeds, they aren't fixed for notebooks, right? i mean, i'm thinking of the compaq x1000 with the 9000/9200 thing.

    is hp going to try to sell the pro as the turbo pro because they say the performance is the same?

    ignore if this comment is stupid

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