For many of you out there, jumping ship to a PCIe equipped system just isn't a cost-effective and wise decision at this point in time. It's a saddened but understandable move to see both NVIDIA and ATI primarily pushing PCIe based graphics cards these days (particularly of the higher end range), leaving many out in the cold with their still quite powerful Canterwood and nForce3 "AGP" based systems if they want to go the latest and greatest in video card technology.
HIS and ATI have just struck a deal to eliminate the forcefulness into PCIe territory at this still somewhat early stage of it's development, announcing today their full line of current X8xx series graphics cards in a HIS branded AGP flavour... Just what the doctor ordered! - Better yet, i'm sure this is also a clear sign to suggest that other partners will soon follow suit.
Update: ATI have made the AGP variants official in a press release just a short while ago. We can expect to see other partners announcing new cards anytime soon.
Hong Kong, Monday, Feb 28, 2005 - HIS (Hightech Information System Limited) today announced the introduction of the HIS X850XT PE (Platinum Edition), X850XT, X850XL and X800 AGP cards. Extended the most extreme gaming graphics card ever created in PCIe version, with up to 16 pipelines, the fastest frame rates and ATI's industry-leading 3D image enhancement technology. HIS X850 AGP and X800 AGP series bring further on the promise of High-Definition Gaming on AGP system platform.
HIS X850 AGP series is based on ATI's latest introduced RADEON® X850 (R481) visual processing units (VPUs), natively supports the latest AGP 8X interface. HIS X800XL AGP and HIS X800 AGP are based on ATI's latest introduced RADEON® X800 (R430) visual processing units (VPUs). Plus the onboard RAILTO converter chip makes the AGP connection possible.