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SHORT VIDEO CARD REVIEWS
 
 
ATI TECHNOLOGIES
Xpert@Play (Work)
Pros:
Very fast 2D , support for 8megs SGRAM , high speed RAMDAC (230mhz) , suports X2 AGP
Cons:
Poor real world performance , expensive. Unreliable (i.e. some games run great , others are terrible)
Rating:
6/10
 
    According to synthetic benchmarks , the Rage Pro based Xpert@Play ranks as one of the fastest 2D and 3D accelerators. Unfortunately , its real world performance is far from commendable. The only true strengths in this card is the quality NT drivers , good 2D performance ,  and the high speed RAMDAC. The x2 AGP support isn't beneficial yet , since the system bus cant keep up with it. The 3D performance , though supposedly one of the fastest (2nd fastest in Winbench98 according to www.mercury.org) It lacks both speed and image quality in many Direct3D games on the market. Also , with no OpenGL drivers available , the Xpert@Play cannot run accelerated Quake(2) , another disadvantage to all the Quake gamers out there. The Xpert does have its advantages , as *almost* all cards do. It is an excellent 2D performer (right up with the Millenium II) and provides enough ram and a fast enough RAMDAC for 1600x1200xtrue color. Even though the Xpert@play makes a quality 2D card , it is very expensive (~220$ for 8meg version) and I would not recommend purchasing it. Look at Permedia 2 based boards instead.
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