Hey folks! ATI has sent us word that the Radeon X1800 XT should now be available. It still might be awhile before you can actually get your hands on one, doing a quick search at newegg reports 11/15/2005 as the ETA. Still, this will be some good competition for Nvidia, and will hopefully continue to drive down prices of the previous generation of graphics cards. Good times :) Enjoy the news...
ATI Ships the Fastest Graphics Processor on the Planet
Record breaking Radeon(R) X1800 XT now available
MARKHAM, ON – November 9, 2005 – ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) is pleased to announce that the highly anticipated Radeon(R) X1800 XT, the fastest graphics processor on the planet, is now available for gamers and enthusiasts seeking an unprecedented level of 3D performance and image quality.
The new Radeon X1800 XT, which began shipping on November 3, ahead of schedule, features a radically new ultra-threaded 3D architecture and ATI's revolutionary Avivo™ video and display technology platform, designed to unleash visual and performance possibilities that gamers until now could only dream about getting from a PC graphics processor.
"ATI is thrilled to announce worldwide availability of the Radeon X1800 XT," said Rich Heye, Vice President and GM, Desktop Discrete Products, ATI Technologies Inc. "We've shipped thousands into retailers and e-tailers worldwide, and gaming enthusiasts are enjoying the very best in visual quality, stability and next-generation performance."
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