The ATI Radeon 3100 graphics card, also known as the RS780MC, is a graphics controller that was originally introduced in 2008 by ATI. Similar to the ATI Radeon 3200, the 3100 features HDCP support and functions using the PCI-E 2.0 architecture. This is a graphics card that is suitable for PC gaming and high-end applications such as 3D rendering or CAD programs.
The speed of the ATI Radeon 3100 graphics adapter differs between each individual model, though it is commonly rated between 300 and 350 megahertz. This speed rating is given to both the core processor and the shader featured on the graphics card.
There are 40 unified pipelines featured on the ATI Radeon 3100 graphics controller. Unified pipelines on a graphics adapter are better than traditional pipelines for many reasons, including an increased accuracy in lighting effects, reduced vertex counts, the ability to use cached 3-D models and an increase in rendering speed when dealing with inanimate objects in a scene.
The ATI Radeon 3100 is equipped to handle a maximum of 512 megabytes of video memory. The graphics adapter uses shared-memory architecture, meaning your laptop's Random Access Memory can be used as a means of boosting the performance of your computer's graphics processing capabilities.
DirectX compatibility is a must for users who are interested in playing today's graphic-intensive video games on their computer. The ATI Radeon 3100 graphics controller is fully compatible with Microsoft DirectX 10. DirectX is the main architecture that is used to render and control 3D graphics in games and high-end programs used on computers today. Shader 4.0 technology, which is included in the DirectX 10 package, is also used by the ATI Radeon 3100 to improve the rendering of 3D graphics on your system.
The ATI Radeon 3100 was produced and meant for use as an onboard graphics adapter in laptop computers. It is commonly seen coupled with notebook computers that feature AMD's 780V chipset technology.