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ATI Raises Performance Bar Once Again with New Additions to RADEON(R) X Series
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(R) 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(R) X850 XT Platinum Edition, RADEON(R) X850 XT and RADEON(R) 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(R) X800 XL and RADEON(R) 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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ATi x850 XT PE Reviews
"EPoX's 9NDA3 has been designed to appeal to the largest possible audience. Layout is pretty good in most respects, aided by having only a single chipset bridge. The feature set is also a well-balanced affair. Due attention is paid to ensuring the board isn't just a stripped-down dragster, designed for pure performance. Instead, audio is given a helping hand by Realtek's ALC850 CODEC and dual S/PDIF-out jacks. There's also decent SATA and Gigabit Ethernet support, and the Power BIOS firmly has the enthusiast in mind. However, I'd like to see EPoX offer a greater variety of voltage options, especially with respect to the undervolting DRAM line."
"What the MX900 does bring to the table over the MX700 is it'll transform your computer into a Bluetooth control center. Bluetooth is finally starting to have some useful applications and more and more products are starting to use them. Bluetooth is a personal wireless network which offers up to 10 meters of range for secure data transmission with other Bluetooth enable devices. A few years ago, Bluetooth devices were few and far between. Today, they're everywhere - in your PDA, cell phone, printer, notebook, etc. In order for all these Bluetooth devices to talk to each other you need a Bluetooth hub or control center. This is where the MX900 comes in as its docking station not only recharges the MX900 batteries but doubles a Bluetooth hub as well."
"In this article, we'll be looking at the ASUS WL-330 Pocket Access point. This nifty little gadget's main purpose is as a massively portable 802.11b wireless access point; hook it into any wired Internet source and you have an instant hotspot. This diminutive device also doubles as a USB-powered 802.11b wireless adaptor. We haven't looked at many of Asus' network offerings recently, so we were interested to see how the Asus WL-330 Pocket 802.11b wireless access point would stack up to comparative Wi-Fi solutions. Not that there's a lot of competition in the area of ultra-portable wireless access points, but we digress."
"The new ATI RX330 chipset looks to be full of potential, its memory compatibility is even being validated by the company. Currently Gigabyte has exclusive manufacturing rights to this chipset, so if you want an ATi Radeon RX330 based motherboard, the only vendor that can currently supply it is Gigabyte. The Gigabyte GA-8TRX330-L is really a no frills Socket 478 Pentium 4 motherboard. It supports 800MHz FSB Pentium 4 processors with a maximum of 4GB of dual-channel DDR memory, and uses a standard AGP 8X video slot. The motherboard features an onboard 5.1 audio codec and a Realtek Gigabit Ethernet network adaptor, but nothing much else."