ATI announces the X1000 line of GPUs

by: Chuck -
ATI has sent word about their latest line of GPUs. The X1000 line of cards consist of the X1800, X1600, and X1300. Funny thing is the press release says tye X1800 and X1300 are available immediatly but I can't find anything on the net. You should see a plethora of sites with previews on the card and from the looks of it, it does trade blows with the GeForce 7800 line. It's not a 7800 killer but another choice from another manufacturer.

- Side note from Charles - Dean Takahashi has a little post in his blog about why the X1000 series is behind schedule.
ATI’s RADEON® X1000 Family Delivers New Levels of Performance and Image
Quality in All Price Categories

90 nanometer technology enables ATI to raise the  performance bar for
graphics in every segment

MARKHAM, ON – October 5, 2005 – ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ:
ATYT) today launched a new family of graphics processors (GPUs), the
Radeon® X1000 family, that outperform competing products and deliver better
image quality in every price category. The top-to-bottom family, built
using the cutting-edge 90 nanometer semiconductor fabrication technology,
delivers the best performance and image quality ever seen.

The new family has a GPU that is right for everyone. Competitive gamers and
enthusiasts looking for the absolute best will want the Radeon® X1800 --
the fastest graphics processor on the planet. For those getting started in
gaming or who are more interested in editing photos and videos, the Radeon®
X1600 delivers the best image quality available, for high-fidelity editing
and playback. For those who want all of the features and capabilities of
the Radeon X1800 and Radeon X1600 but who are on a budget, the Radeon®
X1300 will meet their needs for as low as US $79.

“The RADEON X1000 family of GPUs was designed to be the best and it is the
best,” said Rich Heye, Vice President and GM, Desktop Discrete Products,
ATI Technologies Inc. “In terms of gaming performance, it is the fastest;
in terms of image quality, it is the best looking; in terms of features, it
is the richest.”

Each of the new graphics processors feature:
* Ultra-threaded shader architecture to run today’s shader-intense games
faster than any product already on the market;
* Revolutionary new memory architecture that makes the GPUs incredibly
efficient, improving performance even more;
* Fast and efficient 3D image quality that delivers the best looking games
while maintaining blistering fast performance;
* Avivo, ATI’s technologies to greatly improve display quality and refine
video playback.

Graphics cards powered by Radeon X1000-series GPUs will be available from
ATI and its board partners including:
*
* ASUSTek Computer Inc.
* Club 3D B.V.
* Connect3D, Inc.
* Diamond Multimedia
* Giga-Byte Technology Co., Ltd.
* Hightech Information System Ltd.
* Info-Tek Corporation
* MSI Computer Corp
* Palit Microsystems, Inc.
* Sapphire Technology Limited
* TUL Corporation
* Viking InterWorks
* Visiontek

Leading tier-one OEMs will soon be announcing new systems featuring Radeon
X1000 series graphics cards. System Builders, including the following, will
be shipping computers featuring Radeon X1000 GPUs:
*
* ABS Computer Technologies Inc.
* Alienware Corp.
* Alternate Computerversand GmbH
* Amazon.de, GmbH, Germany
* Arlt Computer GmbH
* Atelco Computer Event GmbH
* Bas Computers BV
* Conrad Electronic GmbH
* CyberPower Inc.
* Evesham Technology Ltd
* Falcon Northwest
* HyperSonic
* iBuyPower Computer
* Monarch Computer Products
* Network Technical AB
* Polywell Computers Inc.
* Snogard Computer
* Velocity Micro
* Watford Electronics Ltd

Radeon X1800 and Radeon X1300 cards are shipping immediately, with
additional Radeon X1800 configurations and Radeon X1600 cards shipping
later in October and November.

For more information on these or other ATI products please visit
www.ati.com.
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