De hardware site HardOCP ontving een ATI Radeon 9700 en legde de kaart eens uitgebreid op de pijnbank. Na het einde van deze lange martelling had de site 280 benchmarks in de aanbieding. De kaart van ATI wordt vergeleken met de Nvidia GeForce Ti4600 en de Matrox Parhelia. Als benchmarktool worden de games Quake3, Commanche4, Jedi Knight II gebruikt en natuurlijk was ook 3DMark2001 van de partij. Het zal niemand verbazen dat in de meeste benchmarks de 9700 weinig heel liet van de competitie. Het is dan ook wachten op een antwoord van Nvidia, want voorlopig is de 9700 de king of frames.And speaking more on frame rate and eye candy, I think it is worth it to bring up the AthlonXP 1.53GHz frame rates as well. The scores we got out of that setup simply floored me. I would have not guessed that a Radeon 9700 Pro upgrade could be worth so much on a sub-2GHz system. I can already see a lot of folks going for the video card upgrade with the 9700 and leaving the CPU till later as we start banking on 333MHz bus AthlonXPs showing up.

The ATi Radeon 9700 Pro is the best video card we have ever laid our hands on. ATi is going to be first to market with some very impressive technology and the gamers are sure to take notice. I think the benchmarks at 4XAA/16XAF speak for themselves. The image quality is nothing less than beautiful in both 2D and 3D. Then considering we already know it is going to be a powerhouse card that has the ability to run DOOM]|[ next year and you are almost guaranteed to have a nice long term upgrade for your hard-earned cash. I just don't see how the ATi Radeon 9700 Pro is going to leave you any way but satisfied Al met al is de ATI Radeon 9700 een beest van een kaart die in geen enkele game PC zal misstaan. Binnenkort zal HardOCP de beeldkwaliteit van de 9700 bekijken.