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Please note that this is Pre-order. | Due for release on 30/06/2008

Witness firsthand DirectX 10 gaming and HD features without the prohibitive price tag.
The ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO provides next generation hardware that promises immersive high definition gaming for Windows Vista and DirectX 10 with easy CrossFire multi-GPU upgradeability to run the hot titles of today and tomorrow. Delivering a fully loaded HD feature-set including support for ATI Avivo HD, HDMI connect ability, HD Audio and Blu-ray / HD DVD decoding via Universal Video Decoding technology, the Sapphire 2400 PRO exceeds the demands of the performance hungry Media PC. The Radeon HD 2400 PRO with its robust hardware offerings such as: the much anticipated ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO GPU, support for up to 256MB of onboard memory, 64-bit memory interface, silent passive cooling, and PCI Express native support will provide the pixel pounding muscle to drive the feature rich Windows Vista 3D environment and increase productivity. When paired with Sapphire industry leading innovation in hardware, there is little doubt that the Sapphire 2400 PRO will lead the industry in best features and value.


- Graphics Processor: ATI Radeon HD 2400Pro
- Memory Installed: 256MB GDDR3
- Interface: PCI Express x16
- 180 million transistors on 65nm fabrication process
- 64-bit DDR2/GDDR3 memory interface
- Unified Superscalar Shader Architecture
- 40 stream processing units
- Dynamic load balancing and resource allocation for vertex, geometry, and pixel shaders
- Common instruction set and texture unit access supported for all types of shaders
- Dedicated branch execution units and texture address processors
- 128-bit floating point precision for all operations
- Command processor for reduced CPU overhead
- Shader instruction and constant caches
- Up to 16 texture fetches per clock cycle
- Up to 128 textures per pixel
- Fully associative vertex/texture cache design
- DXTC and 3Dc+ texture compression
- High resolution texture support (up to 8192 x 8192)
- Fully associative texture & Z/stencil cache designs
- Early Z test, Re-Z, Z Range optimization, and Fast Z Clear
- Lossless Z & stencil compression
- 8 render targets (MRTs) with anti-aliasing support
- Physics processing support
- Full support for Microsoft DirectX 10
- Shader Model 4.0
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#1
http://images.play.com/covers/5973010x.jpg
#2
Check out this if you want a card for games

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/graphics-cards,1942.html
#3
I currently have a dell with a 2400pro 128mb installed in it, is there any benifit in upgrading to the :-
Play Value ATI Radeon HD 2400Pro / 256MB / PCI Express x16 / Graphics Card - £16.99
or the
Play Value Geforce 8400GS / 256MB / PCI Express X16 / Graphics Card £17.99

as featured on this site...............cheers
#4
Mikiex
Check out this if you want a card for games

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/graphics-cards,1942.html


But you haven't said where you can buy them for £17:p
#5
bryfly
I currently have a dell with a 2400pro 128mb installed in it, is there any benifit in upgrading to the :-
Play Value ATI Radeon HD 2400Pro / 256MB / PCI Express x16 / Graphics Card - £16.99
or the
Play Value Geforce 8400GS / 256MB / PCI Express X16 / Graphics Card £17.99

as featured on this site...............cheers


no point to change it.New one will perform as badly as current card ;)

If you think about decent upgrade have min. £40-45
#6
is this compatible with xp and dell e520?
#7
bryfly
I currently have a dell with a 2400pro 128mb installed in it, is there any benifit in upgrading to the :-
Play Value ATI Radeon HD 2400Pro / 256MB / PCI Express x16 / Graphics Card - £16.99
or the
Play Value Geforce 8400GS / 256MB / PCI Express X16 / Graphics Card £17.99

as featured on this site...............cheers


Well there's no point in upgrading to the same card you've currently got, the 8400GS may be worth switching to if you've got something specific in mind (Linux support, CUDA, etc.)
#8
EndlessWaves
Well there's no point in upgrading to the same card you've currently got, the 8400GS may be worth switching to if you've got something specific in mind (Linux support, CUDA, etc.)


not being a graphics buff, just wondered if the 256mb v 128mb would show an improvement on the performance of the 2400 pro
#9
bryfly
not being a graphics buff, just wondered if the 256mb v 128mb would show an improvement on the performance of the 2400 pro


Not really, if you have the 128mb it is pointless upgrading to this, unless of course you can get your money back by selling on the 128mb one. :thumbsup:

Also this card is better for video and HD playback than the Nvidia cards, so in theory and in practice this card is a better card than the other thread.
#10
HappyHour
Also this card is better for video and HD playback than the Nvidia cards


In what way? Do you have a link that details the differences?

bryfly
not being a graphics buff, just wondered if the 256mb v 128mb would show an improvement on the performance of the 2400 pro


Well, as usual it depends on what you want to use it for.
#11
For one the drivers are better for the ATI cards, and for 2 the ATI cards do all the encoding via the card, thus leaving the CPU free to do what it needs to do.

Nvidia on the other hand have not implemented this into their cards, meaning the CPU is used to encode all HD content.

Oh and it is easier to watch full HD content cia HDMI (sometimes through a S-video/HDMI adapter, others may have HDMI built in, and again others may need a DVI/HDMi adapter, it is worth checking which card you purchase.) on ATI cards, some Nvivia cards you have to mess about to get sound content through and they do not come with S-video as standard.

It is a well known fact that the DX10 ATI cards are much better for HT systems, but just as well because until recently Nviia had the major edge in gaming, so ATI had to have something going for them otherwise they would only have ever sold a card to major fans.

So all in all for video playback people tend to favour ATI due to their rock solid drivers and onboard encoding.
#12
Just the job for my media PC. Fanless too so nice and quiet.
#13
HappyHour
So all in all for video playback people tend to favour ATI due to their rock solid drivers and onboard encoding.


They favour it for playback because of encoding capabilities? Do you have any links to tests showing the unreliability of nvidia drivers handy?
#14
I don't mate, been a while since I last checked. They may be more stable now.

Never checked for a while on either front, I imagine Nvidia will have probably got it sorted now, but on the whole, putting the drivers aside, the ATI card is the better option for the HD playback, they seemed to have thought in advance that HTPC's would take off and made their cards do all the work rather than using the CPU, which was a massive oversight from Nvidia. Also ATI really did sort their drivers out quite a long time ago for the DX10 cards, and at this low level you can put them both on par for gaming also, which is not really an issue on these cards.

I am sure a Google will give you some more up to date info buddy.
#15
Bargain.
#16
Looks perfect for my next cat brush.
#17
JeeBeePSB;2399225
Looks perfect for my next cat brush.

:-D:-D
#18
i'd defo buy if my gfx card goes pop! use xbox for gaming
#19
Anyone know if this can be modded , or will it work in the Dell Poweredge SC440 server, heavily discussed here the last few weeks?????.............still seems like a good deal, voted hot.

Thanks in advance.

:thumbsup:
#20
bryfly
not being a graphics buff, just wondered if the 256mb v 128mb would show an improvement on the performance of the 2400 pro


In higher resolutions/detail levels, the 256meg card would potentially perform better. But the GPU isn't really powerful enough to play smoothly at the higher resolutions.

It would be a bit like having a 1.2l engine in a lorry.
#21
Not expecting this card to be up to much at only £17, but considering I only have a Radeon 9800 Pro 256mb in my machine, would it be worth the upgrade? Mine plays HL2 + Portal and the like ok but nothing that great.

It's hard to find decent benchmarks to compare the low-end cards of today to the higher-end cards of before.
#22
I've got a Radeon X1300 256mb in my Inspiron 530...would anyone recommend getting this card - as I'm not overly concerned about playing the latest games...and it seems a very cheap upgrade.
#23
I've an old XFX 6600GT 128Mb. Would this 2400 be worth replacing the 6600 with?

Thanks.
#24
This is a good card if you have a power C2D or C2Q and a high end graphics card, so when you need to watch a movie you can switch to this one to lower the power consumption.
#25
theyiddo
I've got a Radeon X1300 256mb in my Inspiron 530...would anyone recommend getting this card - as I'm not overly concerned about playing the latest games...and it seems a very cheap upgrade.


If you are note concerned about gaming then why do you need a graphics upgrade? If you are happy with your current, stick with it.

This, to everyone wondering about upgrading, is the BOTTOM END card from ATI 2 series ago, they have just released the 4 series cards and these 2400 were rubbish when they first landed, don't expect much.
#26
urbundk
Anyone know if this can be modded , or will it work in the Dell Poweredge SC440 server, heavily discussed here the last few weeks?????
:


I want to know too, don't need any 3D performance, just HD video playback, ideally through HDMI. Is it possible with this card?

Edit: Actually, without modding the card and just using it at 1x speed, would it be usable for HD video?
#27
This is the info from ATI's web site - it might help someone. It seems to be targeted at video and movies rather than gamers........ I know nothing about this card other than what I read on the web site by the way.

ATI have in the past made their cards to do much of the processing of data on the card rather than by the PC's cpu, but i expect this will create a bottle neck if any demanding game is put through it, no matter how fast you computer is or how much ram you have etc.


http://ati.amd.com/images/headers/products/43119A_Header-Desktop-HD2400.jpg


(http://ati.amd.com/products/radeonhd2400/index.html

The ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 is a feature-rich upgrade from integrated graphics for an immersive experience with DirectX® 10 gaming and HD video. Connect to big-screen TVs with HDMI and built-in 5.1 surround sound audio to enjoy Blu-ray™ and HD DVD movies. ATI Catalyst™ graphics configuration software is designed for quick setup and stable operation with Windows Vista™.


Details Shading Textures


Product Features
Hardware based H.264/VC-1 decoding of Blu-ray™ and HD DVDs
HDMI with 5.1 surround sound audio
DirectX® 10 support
Up to twice the performance of integrated graphics
HD Gaming with DirectX® 10
Enjoy a dramatic high-definition gaming experience with Windows Vista at up to twice the performance of integrated graphics. Enhance your game play and experience sharper images, more textures, and the improved lighting effects that create lifelike interactivity and immersive realism enabled by DirectX 10 support.


Call of Juarez using
DirectX® 9 http://ati.amd.com/products/radeonhd2400/images/43101A_terrain2_DX9.jpg

Call of Juarez using
DirectX® 10 http://ati.amd.com/products/radeonhd2400/images/43101B_terrain2_DX10.jpg

Screenshots from Call of Juarez by Techland © 2007
Experience the difference with DirectX® 10 (video)
ATI Avivo™ HD Video & Media

Combine advanced HD video processing with cool, quiet, and energy efficient operation that will delight a home theater enthusiast. ATI Avivo™ HD technology provides hardware based H.264/VC-1 decoding of Blu-ray and HD DVD movies and built-in 5.1 surround audio designed for an easy HDMI connection to big-screen TVs.


Certified for Windows Vista™
Enhance the stunning Windows Aero™ user interface with a powerful performance upgrade from integrated graphics. ATI Catalyst graphics management software is Certified for Windows Vista and designed for quick and easy setup of graphics, video, and multiple displays.



Windows Vista, the Windows Vista Start button and DirectX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

ATI Radeon™ HD graphics chips have numerous features integrated into the processor itself (e.g., HDCP, HDMI, etc.). Third parties manufacturing products based on, or incorporating ATI Radeon HD graphics chips, may choose to enable some or all of these features. If a particular feature is important to you, please inquire of the manufacturer if a particular product supports this feature. In addition, some features or technologies may require you to purchase additional components in order to make full use of them (e.g. a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD drive, HDCP-ready monitor, etc.).

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hope this helps someone :)
#28
Anyone know if this is better than : -

XFX 7600GT 256MB Fatal1ty Edition PCI-E
Sapphire 1800XT 512MB PCI-E

Can't find anything on the net! Ta!
#29
Will this graphics card work on the following motherboard:

Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe
#30
Old Budget card that will suffice for people not into gaming but fot 17 quid what do you expect it will do the job its supposed to and not a lot more. The Ati Nvidia debate has gone on for a long time but its not only based on gcards alot of other variables like mobo ram cpu come into it , personally ive had 2 ati cards and 6 nvidia ones, for me its nvidia all the time but thats just personal preference based on experience.
#31
No, the N78NX-E Deluxe is a Socket A AGP based board and you cannot fit a PCI-Express card to it. I used to use one but have actually had 3 PCs since then! Time to upgrade :)
#32
Badass01
Will this graphics card work on the following motherboard:

Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe


Nope, its AGP, not PCI-E, sorry!
#33
Max-Power;2402587
Anyone know if this is better than : -

XFX 7600GT 256MB Fatal1ty Edition PCI-E
Sapphire 1800XT 512MB PCI-E

Can't find anything on the net! Ta!
No it's not.
#34
Max-Power
Anyone know if this is better than : -

XFX 7600GT 256MB Fatal1ty Edition PCI-E
Sapphire 1800XT 512MB PCI-E

Can't find anything on the net! Ta!


No, those are gaming cards - this is more for Video (see ealier post), it can do games but is unlike to do them well.....
#35
so.. if you dont use your pc for gaming but instead for downloading and watching movies, this is a good card?
is there a better card out there for watching hd content on your pc?
I've the smaller version of this card in my PC at the moment, hooked up to a plasma by dvi to hdmi out of my pc, the downloaded dvd's are never as clear as whe you burn them and watch them on a ps3 for example.
also I find when watching movies I cant get it to be full screen, its always in the centre of the screen with black borders all the way round, annoying..
#36
It looks like a Sticklebrick! Great value card.
#37
I have a GeForce 4 MX440 64mb. Will this make much difference? :-)
#38
Well you get what you paid for. I wouldn't call this a gaming card. Your better off buying a better one for around 60-£100.
#39
its a decent card, but its no gaming card. i wanted a decent card, but one thing held me back, the bloody dell vostro system, all sata, now finally instead of changing psu i found one of thes

now at last can buy a decnt card,not top spec ones as psu cant hack it, but for £4 it will do 4 now:thumbsup:
http://*********.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=350073383446&ssPageName=STRK:MEWN:IT&ih=022
#40
theyiddo
I've got a Radeon X1300 256mb in my Inspiron 530...would anyone recommend getting this card - as I'm not overly concerned about playing the latest games...and it seems a very cheap upgrade.


Bazza71
I've an old XFX 6600GT 128Mb. Would this 2400 be worth replacing the 6600 with?


It depends on why you want to replace your current cards. If your current cards are fine then there's little point upgrading. The biggest reason I could see that you'd want to upgrade to this card is that it's silent.

MetalGearAl
Not expecting this card to be up to much at only £17, but considering I only have a Radeon 9800 Pro 256mb in my machine, would it be worth the upgrade? Mine plays HL2 + Portal and the like ok but nothing that great.

It's hard to find decent benchmarks to compare the low-end cards of today to the higher-end cards of before.


I replaced my 9800pro with an X1650 and it only plays TF2 on the lowest settings at 1920x1200. As this is the rock bottom card of the generation after I'd only expect equal or worse performance to that.

This is also a PCI-E card while your 9800pro is AGP so unless you've got a motherboard with dual-slots it won't work.

muzzzzzzzzzy
This is a good card if you have a power C2D or C2Q and a high end graphics card, so when you need to watch a movie you can switch to this one to lower the power consumption.


How would you go about switching over? I didn't think that sort of thing was possible with current technology without a lot of messing about (i.e. actually taking the higher power card out and switching the display lead over)

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