ATi has for the past few years been falling way behind NVIDIA in graphics chipset
speed and 3D quality. ATi was quickly losing the small market share it had in
the computer gaming sector. At the beginning of 2001 a lot of computer hardware
publications were predicting a total defeat of ATi by Nvidia before the start
of 2002. On October 17, 2001 that quickly changed. ATi released the Radeon8500
and the computer gaming world fell in love. It was not an easy love though,
there were scandals about driver quality and a few other speed bumps but it
has taken Nvidia almost eight months to produce something that could challenge
the Radeon8500. It was not an easy love though, there were scandals about driver
quality and a few other speed bumps but it has taken Nvidia almost eight months
to produce something that could challenge the Radeon8500. This review is in
some ways a look back at the card that made Nvidia fear for its crown. ATi grew
some fangs towards the end of 2001 and let Nvidia know what it was made of.
ATi is a company that has been around for quite some time now. Overall it is
considered a market leader in the computer industry and works closely with Intel,
AMD, Microsoft, and various other Tier 1 computer companies. Here is a short
history of ATi C/P'ed straight from their website.
Founded in 1985, ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the supply of
graphics, video and multimedia solutions for personal computer and Mac platforms.
The pioneer, innovator and market leader in the graphics industry, ATI provides
cutting-edge technologies for the PC, set-top box, game console and other
consumer appliances markets. The Company has more than 1,900 employees supporting
customers from its headquarters in Markham, Ontario, Canada, as well as from
offices in Barbados, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia,
the United Kingdom and the United States. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ
(ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).