A Closer Look at ATI 9100 IGP PRO

The original 9100 IGP now grows to 3 offerings with the RS350.



Most interesting is the new Radeon 9100 IGP PRO, which was designed for better performance to compete fully with the current Intel 865/875 chipsets and the upcoming 915 chipset for Prescott. Like the original 9100 IGP, the PRO version is designed for Dual-Channel memory. ATI is also introducing an economy Single-Channel version of the new chipset, which is called 9000 IGP PRO. 9100 designates Dual Channel, while 9000 is used for Single-Channel.

Along with the new PRO Northbridge, there is also an enhanced IXP 320 Southbridge, which adds additional USB ports and SATA drive support to the chipset.




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AnandTech covered the original 9100 IGP board in our review of the Shuttle XPC ST61G4. Shuttle was an ATI launch partner in the original RS300 launch. Compared to the RS300, the new PRO chipset provides several new features:

North Bridge
  • Enhanced System Performance
  • Optimized AGP 8X Performance
  • Improved Memory Timings
  • Increased DDR-400 Compatibility
South Bridge IXP 320
  • 2X SATA
  • SATA RAID 0,1
  • 8X USB 2.0
Except for the new Southbridge features, RS350 is mainly about performance improvements to the RS300 core.

Index ATI Radeon 9100 IGP PRO Specifications
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  • Wesley Fink - Wednesday, May 5, 2004 - link

    My apologies. The chart was supplied by ATI and shows a Clock Speed of 300 and a Ramdac of 400. Reply
  • SocrPlyr - Wednesday, May 5, 2004 - link

    The comparison sheet on page 10 definately has 400MHz for the RAMDAC...
    it is a picture, and pictures don't lie :)

    Josh
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  • Wesley Fink - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    The comparison sheet on page 10 states the Ramdac speed is 300MHz, exactly what was stated when the review was published. Where is the comparison sheet that states 400 for the Ramdac speed?
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  • quanta - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    Are you sure the RAMDAC on 9100 IGP Pro is really 400MHz? The ATI site says it is 300MHz, but the comparison sheet in your site says 400MHz. Reply
  • gofor55 - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    Does anybody know whether 9100IGP Pro will run ATI's Multimedia Center 9.0 and EazyShare. This might be just the ticket for a low cost multimedia PC for living room and bedroom to view PVR captures from a networked media server. Reply
  • Pumpkinierre - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    So Wesley any indications in that ATI note as to how they optimise for Prescott?
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  • Wesley Fink - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    ATI confirmed SATA RAID was present on RS350, not AOpen. Must have been a petit mal . . . Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    #12 -
    AOpen has confirmed that RS350 DOES support SATA RAID 0,1. We confiormed SATA RAID works fine with a pair of WD Raptors in a stripe.

    The review will be updated to correct the SATA information.
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  • Kai920 - Tuesday, May 4, 2004 - link

    #14 - Very well said.

    I like how IGPs keep improving --say goodbye to Intel Extreme Graphics 2 and onboard GF4MX. The IGP may very well be a major decision in my future purchases, if not the next.
    Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Monday, May 3, 2004 - link

    #12 -
    Asute of you to catch the Sata RAID in the diagram. Unfortunately the diagram also shows IXP 300 when the board had an IXP 320.

    We have asked ATI for clarification on whether SATA RAID is an option. They are all in Barcelona, Spain for the big X800 kick-0ff tomorrow, so we might not have an answer for a few days.

    #10 -
    As for the comment about mfg suck-up, GET REAL. Mfgs HOPE they will get a good review from us because we are honest, but more often than not mfgs complain we are too negative in pointing out failings with their product. That means we probably have it about right.

    #4 - If you bothered to read the review you would have found the MAIN message was the RS350 competes very well with Intel AS A CHIPSET, which SHOULD be of interest to you. The other news was that Prescott optimizations make Prescott a better performer than Northwood on the new chips. Yes, we coverd Integrated Graphics, because it mattered, but that was not the main point. It wasn't a slow news day - the NDA expired at 6AM today, as the X800 NDA expires tomorrow. The RS350 is a damn good chipset or I wouldn't have bothered.
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