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ATI unviels Radeon 9500 ASC

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ATI unviels Radeon 9500 ASC

Development Info - posted by Saint_Proverbius on Fri 28 February 2003, 02:57:14

Tags: Nethack

Now, I don't normally post hardware news, but I spotted this on the Nethack page and just had to post it. ATI has unvieled the ATI Radeon 9500 ASC card, which pushes the performance of rogue-like games to new, daunting levels! That's right, per this news post, you can expect a theorhetical 1,000 frames per second in Nethack now, using this new card's ASCII hardware rendering system!

"The VT100 standard has been around for years, but there really hasn't been a video card company willing to make a card for it," said ATI Director of Product Development, Carlos Neale. "I really think more card and gaming companies will jump on the text bandwagon now that we've thrown our support behind it."

Neale added that he felt that a frames-per-second (fps) rate of 1000 in Nethack was possible with the card.

The 9500 ASC is very similar to the 9500 PRO, but it has an added ASCII Processing Unit (APU) on the card to handle the complex calculations needed to render creatures like the A and the M in Nethack.​

Oh, baby! Where do I pre-order!

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