New RADEON X850 and RADEON X800 broaden top-end offerings for gamers

December 4, 2004

ATI Technologies Inc., 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.

“Whether playing one of today’s blockbuster titles like Half-Life 2, or any of the hundreds of other games currently available, gaming on a system powered by ATI’s RADEON X800-series cards delivers the ultimate high definition gaming experience,” said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, PC Business Unit, ATI Technologies. “The new RADEON X800-series cards reach new heights in performance and new lows in price – an unbeatable combination.”

The new RADEON X800-series products will be available in 16 and 12 pixel pipe configurations with a 256-bit memory interface and deliver a fantastic gaming experience through such cutting-edge technologies and capabilities as:

- 3Dc™ technology for increased performance and improved image detail;
- GDDR3 memory for lightning fast memory speeds;
- VIDEOSHADER™ HD with programmable video performance;
- Flexible multi-display options, including dual-DVI for customers using multiple flat panel displays; and
- VIVO (video-in, video-out) options for customers wanting to take advantage of the amazing multimedia and video-capture capabilities of the VPUs.

The RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition will begin shipping immediately and the full family of RADEON X800-series products will be available by the end of the year from ATI and its customers including:

- Abit Computer Corp.
- Asustek Computer Inc.
- Connect Components Ltd.
- Diamond Multimedia
- Giga-Byte Technologies Co. Ltd.
- Hightech Information Systems Ltd.
- Info-Tek Corp.
- Micro-Star International Co. Ltd.
- Palit Systems Inc.
- Sapphire Technologies Ltd.
- Tul Corp.
- Visiontek

Also, leading OEMs and system builders from around the world will soon announce systems which include the new visual processors.

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