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jmke 25th May 2004 09:37

ATi Mobility Radeon 9700 @ HotHardware

The PC has undergone quite a metamorphosis recently. Over the past few years, we've seen the boring beige boxes of yesterday, transform into the multi-colored, windowed and lighted works of art of today. We've also seen (or should we say heard?) the community move away from multi-fan, super-loud cooling techniques, to more intelligently designed and near silent methods that are much easier on the ears. And now, more and more users are even trading in their monstrous full-towers in favor of the much smaller and more provocative SFF systems available from companies like Shuttle, Biostar and Iwill. With so many PC users making the move to distinctive, silent, and small systems, the recent boom in notebook popularity should come as no surprise. These trends, coupled with the fact that ATi and NVIDIA have both been hard at work producing mobile GPUs that rival the performance and feature sets of some of their desktop counterparts, have spawned the present day "desktop replacement" notebooks. These machines are packed with high-end CPUs, large hard drives, plenty of memory and have large high-resolution screens. We recently got our hands on one of these beasts, with an ATi Mobility Radeon 9700 beating at its heart. So, we fired-up some popular games to see just what ATi's current flagship mobile GPU could do...

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