Good evening everyone, welcome back :) With meetings running longer then expected, my work day wrapped up exceptionally late tonight. Nonetheless, before this jockey heads to the stables for some well needed shuteye, I have the wrap-up of news from around the net. With a few exceptionally tasty morsels on the plate for this evening, your hunger for the latest and greatest should be well satisfied until we meet up in the AM....
XGI™ Announces theVolari™ Graphics Board Series
Taipei—September 27, 2004 —XGI Technology Inc, an innovative graphics chipsets supplier, today announced their Volari™ Graphics board series; a full line of graphic boards powered by the award winning Volari™ graphics processors to satisfy the full range of high-end, main stream, and entry level markets.
"XGI products have advanced graphic performance and creative features that are offered at the best possible value. Beside the first tier system manufacturers, our primary targets for the US market are the solution provider channel and system builder community where we continue to invest significantly." said Ralph Cheng, Sales VP of XGI. "As we introduce the Volari™ graphics board series, we have taken into consideration a top-to-bottom graphics solution empowering solution providers and system builders to target their own niche markets.
Volari™ V8, Volari™ V5, Volari™ V3XT, and Volari™ V3 offer the full breadth of performance from XGI. These products include high performance Volari™ graphics processors which target the enthusiast, high-end, mainstream and entry-level markets, respectively. Volari™V8 and Volari™V5 cover the high end users who require the 3D cinematic effect empowered by Microsoft Shader Model 2.0. These two products also have 4 and 8 sets of high performance pixel rendering pipelines for the maximum anti-aliasing images. The results of these technologies are better realism coloring, smoother curves, and more lively animations. Volari™ V3XT and Volari™ V3 are cost effective solutions for entry level clients.
In the mobile graphics space, XGI offers discrete and multi-chip-module (MCM) graphics processors that are all software compliant with the Microsoft(R) DirectX(R) 9.0 specification. XGI delivers Volari XP5m32 for the thin and light market, Volari XP5m64 for the performance market and Volari XP5 for the high-end market segments. Furthermore, XGI extends its line to a full suite of PCI-Express™ solutions which will support market when Intel(R) releases its system chipsets for mass production.
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"With the Socket 775 Intel processor introducing so many legacy free technologies at once, it's going to be simpler and less costly for consumers to just implement everything at once. Or.... not at all and side with AMDs solutions. In this review, PCstats.com is testing out Gigabyte's new Intel Pentium 4 flagship motherboard, the GA-8ANXP-D. Based on the 925X chipset, the Gigabyte GA-8ANXP-D supports the new Socket 775 Intel Pentium 4 processor formfactor, and can be run with up to 4GB of DDR-2 memory."
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Time for me to catch some Z's, "see" you back here in a few hours :) - Cheers
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