ATi Radeon 7000 review: ATi Radeon 7000

TV output is customized via the Mac2TV applet, which you can activate using the Video Output feature in ATI Displays. Mac2TV lets you fine-tune your TV's performance with special adjustments for color, sharpness, contrast, brightness, flicker, and dot crawl (undesirable jagged edges moving around objects on the screen).

Predictable performance
We didn't expect performance miracles from this low-cost graphics card--and CNET Labs' tests didn't witness any. Although hobbled by its PCI bus, the Radeon 7000 actually was faster than the vintage, AGP-based ATI Rage 128 Pro by a modest margin on our test Power Mac G4 (400MHz; 128MB of RAM; OS 9.1), but it couldn't keep up with the regular, AGP-based ATI Radeon Mac edition or the Nvidia GeForce2 MX. Its tepid 3D frame rates aside, the Radeon 7000 works just fine in 2D mode, yielding a clear, sharp picture and a fast screen-refresh rate.

ATI's limited warranty is good for three years and covers parts and labor. Telephone technical support is available via a toll call to the company's Canadian headquarters, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, excluding holidays. The company's Web site offers e-mail support, driver updates, and FAQs.

Priced for action
ATI's Radeon 7000 offers a graphics infusion to older Macs without tugging too hard at your purse strings. It also offers the benefits of dual-display capabilities and OS X support. Although its tepid 3D performance will keep gamers away, for mainstream users, it's a good upgrade.

Quake III Arena test
Frames per second; longer bars indicate better performance
16-bit color; 800x600   
16-bit color; 1,024x768   
16-bit color; 1,280x1,024   
Nvidia GeForce2 MX (AGP; 32MB)
50.2 
49.6 
46.1 
ATI Radeon Mac edition (AGP; 32MB DDR)
48.2 
40.4 
39.3 
ATI Radeon 7000 Mac edition (PCI; 32MB DDR)
39 
33 
22.3 
ATI Rage 128 Pro (32MB)
31.2 
31.2 
14.9 
 
 
Compared to AGP-based graphics cards, the ATI Radeon 7000 Mac edition delivers strictly average 3D performance in CNET Labs' Quake III tests. But it's just fine for regular 2D applications for home and business use.

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  • Interface Type PCI
  • Compatibility Mac
  • Max Monitors Supported 2
  • Graphics Engine ATI Radeon VE
  • Size 32 MB / 32 MB (max)