Items tagged with CrossFire

Stepping back to look at who has the largest market share in the chipset sector for AMD socket AM2 processors, it's clear who is on top and who is not.  Take virtually any major motherboard manufacturer and see what they have to offer and in most cases, NVIDIA chipset solutions are going to dominate the product list.  It's a little ironic when you take into account the merger between AMD and ATI, but it's a safe assumption that AMD and ATI will be working to level the playing field in the near future as they work on their roadmap product offering together. Today, however, ATI does have a chipset designed for the AM2 processor line, which brings competitive performance... Read more...
Hello All. ATI is taking the wraps off yet another mid-range product offering today, the Radeon X1650 XT.  Like the X1950 Pro that was released a few weeks ago, the new Radeon X1650 Pro features a new GPU with native CrossFire support. Here's a snip from the article... "Today, ATI is adding yet another member to the Radeon X1K family of products, the Radeon X1650 XT. While its name suggests the X1650 XT is nothing more than a higher clocked variation on the barely 2-month old Radeon X1650 Pro, that's actually not the case.  The Radeon X1650 Pro is based on a new GPU, formerly code-named RV560, that is much more powerful than anything else in the X16x0 family." You can read the rest... Read more...
About two weeks ago, ATI launched the Radeon X1950 Pro, a new mainstream graphics card with a host of new features. This graphics card was equipped with a single-slot cooler, a relatively low-power GPU that was manufactured on TSMC's 80nm fabrication process, and in a first for ATI, native CrossFire support.  Native CrossFire support meant there would be no more confusion over CrossFire Master and Slave cards, and the clunky external dongle previously associated with CrossFire was no longer a necessity. In our evaluation of the X1950 Pro, we praised ATI for producing a high-performance, affordable, single-slot solution, with a more elegant approach to multi-GPU technology... Read more...
It's been only seven short weeks since ATI officially unveiled four additions to the X1K family of products, and here we are again with yet another new Radeon poised to shake-up the mid-range segment of the market. The new Radeon X1950 Pro is based on the GPU formerly codenamed RV570. but unlike the R580 variants used on the other members of the X1900 family which are built on TSMC's 90nm line, the RV570 is built on the company's 80nm node. The RV570 also has a different pixel shader / vertex shader configuration, and in perhaps the biggest departure from the R580, the RV570 has native CrossFire support.  That's right folks - no more CrossFire Master cards and the... Read more...
HIS launches the HIS X1950 CrossFire Edition 512MB card Hong Kong, Monday, Oct 9, 2006 - HIS (Hightech Information System Limited) delivers the HIS X1950 CrossFire Edition 512MB card, pairing with any Radeon X1950XTX to form the ultimate gaming platform! With the HIS X1950 CrossFire Edition, your graphics performance will never be compromised. Imagine games with hyper realistic light blooms, life-like skin textures, and silky smooth hair. Now imagine the non-stop action packed gaming on a CrossFireTM platform - the only choice for hardcore gamers. That's what it's like with the HIS X1950, ATI's fastest and most flexible 3D processor. All gaming, all the time, Never comprise Feeling the power... Read more...
In our initial look at Intel's Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme (Conroe) processors and their compatible chipsets, we mentioned that the P965 was not likely to support ATI's CrossFire multi-GPU technology because the chipset does not have the same PCI Express lane configuration as the 975X. Whereas the 975X can be configured in an 8x / 8x PEG lane configuration, the P965 is setup for 16x / 4x operation.  But yesterday news hit the web that MSI had added CrossFire support to their P965 Platinum motherboard, and we have just received word from Asus that they have a new BIOS that enables CrossFire support on their P965 based P5B Deluxe motherboard. P5B BIOS rev.0706 (or newer)... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces Next Generation PC2-6400 ATI CrossFire Certified Modules for Demanding Computer Gaming Environments Sunnyvale, CA - September 13, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the second certified member of the new ATI CrossFireTM DDR2 series which delivers 800MHz speeds at 4-4-4 timings. The PC2-6400 CrossFire Certified modules now deliver gamers the performance and speed they require for their demanding computing environments. Approximating the newly released PC2-5400, the PC2-6400 modules feature an exclusive ATI special XTC (Xtreme Thermal Convection) heatspreader displaying ATI's... Read more...
OCZ Technology Annouces ATI CrossFire-Certified PC2-5400 Memory for Gamers and System Builders Sunnyvale, CA - September 7, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative ultra high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the new OCZ PC2-5400 ATI CrossFireTM Certified modules. The award-winning PC2-5400 gaming solutions from OCZ now feature the first ever exclusively designed heatspreaders for ATI Technologies. Co-developed with ATI, the unique PC2-5400 CrossFire-certified series offers an unparalleled opportunity to boost performance and stylize gamers' systems. Tested and qualified under ATI's renowned certification program, the PC2-5400 CrossFire series not... Read more...
Hello everyone. ATI is officially announcing five new members in their Radeon X1K family of the products today, the Radeon X1950 XTX (standard and CrossFire Editions), the 256MB Radeon X1900 XT, the Radeon X1650 Pro and the Radeon X1300 XT. We outline the specifications and features of all of ATI's new cards, and benchmark the high-end products in single-card and dual-card CrossFire configurations. We've got standard and XHD resolutions covered and compare the new Radeons' performance to the best NVIDIA currently has to offer. Here's a quote from the article... "At the high-end ATI is announcing the Radeon X1950 XTX and Radeon X1950 XTX CrossFire Edition cards. The new flagship... Read more...
Hello Everyone. We just wanted to let you all know that we've just posted a new article where we evaluate the features and performance of MSI's brand-new K9A Platinum ATI CrossFire XPress 3200 motherboard for the Socket AM2 platform. Here's a snip... "We've been able to get our hands on one of the first Socket-AM2 platforms to use an ATI chipset, MSI's K9A Platinum. This board utilizes the ATI Radeon Xpress 3200 Crossfire chipset for Socket-AM2, and also is one of the first platforms on the market to use ATI's new SB600 Southbridge, the long-awaited replacement for their aging SB450 which was featured on several Socket-939 Crossfire... Read more...
ATI's chipset division, talented as they are, seem to have always played second fiddle to rival nVidia. Both nVidia and ATI started originally producing chipsets in 2001/2002 for low-end markets, using their experience in producing graphics processors as leverage to produce chipsets with integrated graphics abilities. Over time, both nVidia and ATI have become more experienced producing chipsets, eventually dropping the integrated graphics elements from their high-end products and targeting the enthusiast / gamer markets, who purchase more expensive add-in graphics cards. While ATI has produced some excellent chipset products over these past few years, nVidia has continued to dominate this... Read more...
We're unsure as to how things are going to play out in the long-run due to the recently announced AMD/ATI merger, but in the short term ATI still has a few products in the works for the Intel platform.  One such product, the upcoming RD600 chipset, is under the microscope at TweakTown. They've got some information regarding performance and overclockability, but testing was done on a reference board and there are no comparison numbers for reference. The writer also states that SLI has been officially enabled on the 975X Express chipset which isn't true - at least not yet. "That completes our initial first look at ATI's upcoming RD600 chipset from our top secret location in... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that their industry sources are indicating that ATI has opted to name their highly-publicized RD500 chipset as "Crossfire 1600". Here, the 1600 designation is meant to imply the fact that this chipset only supports two PCIe 8x slots. For those waiting for two PCIe x16 slots, you will have to wait for ATI's RD600 chipset which is coming sometime down the road. Until then, the only other chipset options on the market for Conroe aside from RD500 would be Intel's own 975 and P965 chipsets. At this time, there is little to no information on when NVIDIA's nForce solution for Conroe will arrive though it is likely we'll see that chipset around... Read more...
There is an interesting article posted tonight at NeoSeeker. They bill the article as a review of Powercolor's X1800GTO card, but they test a number of different CrossFire configurations in an attempt to see if there is a difference in performance when using a dongle or not, and when switching from an x8 / x8 to an x16 / x16 PCI Express Lane configuration. "Our Crossfire testing proves that two X1800 GTO's, even on an older dual 8x board will still provide good performance. Despite the gains that an X1800 Crossfire Master card setup present, that's hardly a viable solution and should not be considered in place of another X1800 GTO.... Read more...
There is an interesting article posted at NeoSeeker tonight. They bill the article as a review of Powercolor's X1800GTO card, but the crew also tests performance in a number of different CrossFire configurations. According to their results, there doesn't seem to be a compelling reason to purchase an X1800 Master card to use alongside an 1800GTO. "Our Crossfire testing proves that two X1800 GTO's, even on an older dual 8x board will still provide good performance. Despite the gains that an X1800 Crossfire Master card setup present, that's hardly a viable solution and should not be considered in place of another X1800 GTO. Hopefully ATI... Read more...
Motherboards featuring AMD's new Socket AM2 are starting to pop up, and Hardware Zone has one from ECS on hand. The ECS KA3 MVP uses ATI's Xpress 3200 chipset, is CrossFire ready of course, and unfortunately seems to have a few issues with it. "The successor to ECS' excellent KA1 MVP is here. Sporting ATI's top CrossFire chipset, the KA3 MVP not only arrives for the Socket AM2, but features the new SB600 Southbridge in a killer combo. ECS as usual plays their price card, but the KA3 MVP has its fair share of issues too."  ... Read more...
ATI CrossFireT introduces 'boundless gaming' to the world CrossFire increases performance, adds asymmetric physics, and simplifies the experience for gamers MARKHAM, CANADA & COMPUTEX, TAIWAN - June 6, 2006 - ATI Technologies (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) is loosening the ties that bind gamers to their physical realities by immersing them in a simulation more complete than anything they've seen before. The 'boundless gaming' experience is created by combining the rendering horsepower of two ATI graphics cards with a third devoted to modeling the environment. This asymmetric CrossFire configuration fuses the best looking, highest performing graphics available with physics performance... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that ATI's upcoming flagship R600 GPU will be the company's first graphics card to support cable-less Crossfire with zero limitations. As you might remember from our review of the Radeon X1800 GTO, that GPU also touted cable-less Crossfire support. However, some limitations are present in that configurations whereas R600 will supposedly have full bandwidth between the cards. For many, the lack of needing a specific Master/Slave card is the last hurdle to be overcome before Crossfire can be considered a viable alternative to SLI so this feature is a welcomed addition to ATI's lineup. ATI will implement this bridge in its upcoming RV570... Read more...
The Inquirer reports that ATI's obvious introduction of a Quad-Crossfire configuration is still a long ways away. With NVIDIA's Quad-SLI up and running (for the most part) in the marketplace, ATI certainly needs to come up with an answer if for no other reason than for marketing and PR purposes. Despite having a handful of single card, dual-GPU "Gemini" boards in the Radeon X1600 range there is no high end solution at this time. With indications of a post-summer launch, it seems as though NVIDIA can continue to enjoy their monopoly of sorts with their four-card solution. They can put two X1600, RV530 GPUs on the board so I guess that ATI should make... Read more...
Right from its inception, ATI knew they had to build a solid platform if their CrossFire multi-GPU technology was to gain mass acceptance.  NVIDIA already had the very popular nForce 4 SLI chipset in their repertoire, but ATI didn't have a direct competitor that also offered a pair PCI Express Graphics (PEG) slots.  In effort alleviate this situation, and get CrossFire into the hands of enthusiasts as quickly as possible, the Canadian based graphics giant reconfigured the PCI Express lanes on their existing Radeon Xpress 200 chipset to offer x8 electrical connections to a pair of PCI Express x16 slots.  Initially the chipset was still named the Radeon Xpress... Read more...
Good Evening All!   Tonight we seriously have a HOT one for ya.  Voodoo PC's new OMEN CrossFire is on the test bench and we're poppin' the hood down on Sunset Strip for all to see.  2.95GHz of Athlon 64 power, coupled with a pair of Radeon X1900 XTs, expertly liquid-cooled throughout.  It's drool time people. ... Read more...
It almost goes without saying that we'd all love to have enough disposable income to be able to afford the best-of-the-best, top-shelf, ultra-high-end, no compromise products, whether it be a 36 foot Chris Craft Corsair with 840hp of Mercruiser under its decks (in the aft section, by the way, the wet bar and mini fridge are in the bow) or perhaps the fastest Gaming Rig money can buy.  Fortunately for many of you, the technically elite members of our audience, an ultra-high-end Gaming Rig can be built with your own hands and a few key off-the-shelf components.  However, semi-custom pre-built systems can offer features and build quality that the average enthusiast... Read more...
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