Date: December 24th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: ATI
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-Intel® Pentium® 4 / Celeron™, AMD® Athlon® or compatible with available PCI Express® x16 slot
-128MB of system memory (256MB or higher recommended)
-Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
-DVD playback requires DVD drive
-Interactive Program guide requires Internet connection for listing updates
-Remote control receiver requires available USB port †
-1GHz minimum processor speed for MPEG-2 video capture
-RADEON® X600 Visual processor unit (VPU)
-256MB of double data rate DDR memory
Operating Systems Support
-Windows® XP (Home or Pro)
-Windows® 2000 with Service Pack 1 (or later)
-VGA connector for analog CRT
-S-video or composite connector for TV/VCR
-DVI-I connector for digital CRT or flat panel
-Drive two displays simultaneously with independent resolutions and refresh rates
-YPrPb output adapter (optional) which enables output to HDTV-ready televisions (North America only)
TV Tuner Requirements
TV signal from amplified antenna or cable. Version included for:
-NTSC (North America, Japan, and Latin America*)
-MulTView™ requires additional ATI PCI TV WONDER™ card, compatible motherboard and soundcard,
*Features vary from country to country and depending on the television standard. Note that Latin American countries using the PAL M and PAL N standards including Argentina and Brazil are supported by the NTSC version.
New and Uniquely Designed Connectors
These innovative modular input and output blocks are completely flexible and can be joined together to allow users to place the input and output connections in a variety of easily accessible combinations.
-15 pin VGA
-Stereo audio, S-video, and composite video inputs and outputS
-External stereo connections to sound card's line input and output
-Dolby® digital stereo audio output (S/PDIF)
-YPbPr output adapter connection to HDTV, (available in North America only)
-3-year limited warranty
ATI X600 CORE ARCHITECTURE FEATURES (From ATI)
RADEON X600 graphics technology fully supports PCI Express™ design specifications – the new standard for PCs. With RADEON X600 graphics you have the ability to send and receive data simultaneously at twice the speed of current AGP 8X solutions. ATI's one-chip architecture is designed for better PC power management and reliability resulting in a complete PCI Express™ graphics solution.
Gaming Just Got Better
RADEON X600 is the next generation, making it the ideal choice for serious gamers looking for the right balance of value and performance. RADEON X600 graphics technology has a brand new graphics memory interface delivering frame rates that allow for a highly responsive and smooth game-play experience. RADEON X600 supports the newest games and is fully compatible with Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 to ensure you are ready for all the action today and with tomorrow's titles.
More than Just Gaming
Investing in RADEON X600 graphics is an affordable and effective way to get the most out of your PC. With today's technology advancements in digital photography and video editing you need upgraded graphics to optimize performance and image quality. RADEON X600 graphics technology ensures that you are maximizing the visual capabilities of your computer and new widescreen and LCD monitors, allowing for an overall enhanced PC experience – making RADEON X600 graphics technology a must have addition to your PC hardware. In addition, upgrading a graphics card is important for everyday PC functions such as online video chat, web surfing, and screen refreshes as they free-up the CPU and system memory to perform other operations more effectively.
Superior 3D Features
RADEON X600 features ATI's exclusive SMARTSHADER™ 2.0 delivering fully programmable DX9 vertex and pixel shaders to the game developer, while defining a higher level of image realism for the end user. In addition RADEON X600 offers SMOOTHVISION™ 2.1 which smoothes uneven edges and improves blurred images. HYPER Z™ III conserves video memory bandwidth for improved performance in demanding 3D games and applications. These features help ensure striking picture clarity, visual detail and contour fluency. RADEON X600 is designed with 4 pixel pipelines allowing for all the power and performance needed for today's demanding games.
Take Your New PCI Express™ Computer to New Visual Heights with the Trusted Leader in Graphics
In collaboration with Intel®, ATI was the first graphics company to demonstrate a live PCI Express™ solution based on RADEON X600 technology. ATI's proven leadership and expertise positions RADEON X600 as the ideal PCI Express™ graphics choice for 3D gaming and the latest digital PC applications. RADEON X600 enables users to future proof their PCs while delivering superior image quality and the performance they demand.