Originally Posted by NC37
3Dfx didn't really rebrand. Course they weren't around long enough to do that. But they did rebrand within the gen. If I remember right the Banshee was a crippled V2/V3. Cheaper board but didn't sell well.
ATI on the other hand has been doing rebranding with Radeon since the beginning. First Radeon was later rebranded the 7200. The Radeon 7000 itself was also a 7200 without a T&L unit. 8500 series was a new design but they rebranded it for 9000, 9100, and 9200. Later chips were roughly 8500s that had been tweaked/weakened. ATI back then often practiced this. They would release the better GPUs first and then later release a cheaper to produce board based on that. Cut the costs but also the performance.
Oh yeah, I totally forgot about the ATi rebrands back in the R100 days...
The Radeon SDR became the Radeon 7200, and the Radeon VE became the Radeon 7000.