ATI

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ATI Technologies Inc (NASDAQ: ATYT) is a graphics card manufacturer. They produce Radeon and Fire graphics cards.

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Products for Mac (Both CTO and Retail)

  • ATI Radeon HD 3870
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO
  • ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT
  • ATI Radeon X1600, used in the Rev A and B Macbook Pro and Intel iMac.
  • ATI Radeon X850 XT
  • ATI Radeon X800 XT
  • ATI Radeon X600, used in the Rev C iMac G5.
  • ATI Radeon 9800 XT
  • ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
  • ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
  • ATI Radeon 9650
  • ATI Radeon 9600 XT
  • ATI Radeon 9600 Pro
  • ATI Radeon 9600
  • ATI Radeon 9200
  • ATI Radeon 9000 Pro (Discontinued)
  • ATI Radeon 8500 (Discontinued)
  • ATI Radeon 7500 (Discontinued)
  • ATI Radeon (Discontinued)
  • ATI Rage 128 (Discontinued)
  • ATI Rage/Rage Pro (Discontinued)

Usage in Current Macs

With the switching of MacBook Pro to NVIDIA graphics card in June of 2007, only the iMac line and the Mac Pro use ATI graphics cards. Excluding the high-end iMac, the graphics card in an iMac is either the Radeon HD 2400 XT or the Radeon HD 2600 PRO. The Mac Pro comes standard with an HD 2600 XT.

Competition

AMD ATI's main competitor is NVIDIA, which produces GeForce and Quadro cards. The most powerful GeForce card available from NVIDIA is the 8800GT which proves to be tough competition and defeats AMD's most powerful Radeon, the HD3870 by a hairline. The NVIDIA Quadro series is aimed at Graphics Professionals and Designers who require a slightly more advanced and scaled VGA. AMD ATI does not have any offering in this segment for the Mac. NVIDIA VGA solutions are currently also employed by Apple in its high end MacBook Pro notebooks, the iMac and the AppleTV.

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