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ATI raise the bar on X800

ATI raise the bar on X800 news post from TweakTown's online news computing and technology content pages

By Steve Dougherty on Dec 1, 2004 10:31 pm CST - 3 mins, 0 secs reading time

ATI have just taken their X800 series of graphics cards a notch higher with the release of their native PCI-Express RADEON® X850 line, based off a more refined .13 micron process (meaning higher clockspeeds) and also a revamped reference cooling design which looks to be quite an advancement over the previous X800 design as well.

The NDA got the flick earlier today and as such we see a bunch of review sites throwing up their articles showing us whats to be expected from the new cards :-

- Anandtech
- K-Hardware (Translated)
- FiringSquad
- Beyond3D
- Driver Heaven
- Trusted Reviews
- Hexus
- The Tech Report
- NeoSeeker
- Sudhian Media
- Hot Hardware
- T-Break
- 3DCenter (Translated)
- VR-Zone
- XBit Labs

Update: I've just discovered over at Warp2Search that there's a couple of fresh ATI X850 tech demos already out which show off some amazing attention to detail and graphical power. The first is the continuing adventures to Ruby's debut with the X800 line a while back, this one dubbed "Dangerous Curves". Next up is quite an immersive in-depth demo based upon Crytek's polished up engine, awesome stuff this! Of course, you'll need at least an X800 card of sorts to fire these babies up in realtime, but you've also the option of downloading MPEG videos to feast your eyes on at the links provided above too.

A few partners have already officially stated plans to release cards based off the new X850 GPU's. VisionTek's announcement can be read at Anandtech today, and there's also some brief info with a supporting image of MSI's variants at Digit-Life. Finally, GeCube are already in on the action with their announcement of the "RADEON X850 UniWise Limited Edition Graphics Card" which you can get the full scoop on within the supporting PR here.

GECUBE RADEON® X850 UniWiseTM series adopts the unique GECUBE One Slot/low noise fan architecture significantly reduces fan size to save space inside the computer and free up adjacent PCI slots. In addition, the advanced VPU fan control system and power throttling technology can adapt VPU fan speeds basing on the load of the system to improve system stability and efficiency. Besides the fan, GECUBE RADEON® X850 UniWiseTM series is equipped with a copper fin and a heat-pipe to protect the chipset and to ensure the system performance under the intensive operation.

For those of you interested, you can also check out ATI's official press release over at their website.

MARKHAM, ON - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT), the global leader in PC graphics, today broadened its offerings for PC gamers and extended its performance lead with the introduction of a family of powerful new graphics processors. The new additions to the RADEON® X800-series satisfy gamers who want high-quality and high-performance graphics at a wide range of price points.

For the gamer who is looking for the ultimate in performance, the new RADEON® X850 XT Platinum Edition, RADEON® X850 XT and RADEON® X850 PRO products are a dream come true. The incredible processing capabilities of the 16 pixel pipe and 6 vertex engine architecture mean that gamers can power through amazingly realistic environments with more speed and power than ever before. The new RADEON® X800 XL and RADEON® X800 products take the same, award-winning RADEON X800-series features and capabilities and drive them to new, low price points. The broad range of products ensures that gamers of all types - from casual hobbyist to professional - will find a RADEON X800-series product that meets their needs.

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