Date: November 24th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: ATI Technologies
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ATI CORPORATE PROFILE
ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D graphics and digital media silicon solutions. An industry pioneer since 1985, ATI is the world's foremost visual processor unit (VPU) provider and is dedicated to deliver leading-edge performance solutions for the full range of PC and Mac desktop and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top and digital television, game console and handheld markets. With 2001 revenues in excess of US $1 billion, ATI has more than 1,900 employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).
Not to often do you see a product line dominate and monopolize a genre in the computer industry. Sure, some other chip manufacturers have tried to release a competitive solution only to have it dismissed a week after its release. Why?....because you better have one amazing top product to try to encroach on a product area that ATI has lead for so long. Competition in most cases can lead to accelerated product feature enhancements when both companies feed of each other accomplishments.
But in this arena, ATI is the only fighter in this coliseum swinging away at a foe that doesn't exist. But why am I saying they are swinging away? What does that mean? It is simple really. In most cases in any monopoly situation, the company or development department will tend to get lazy and product enhancements will be a lot slower than if they had some competition, but this does not apply to ATI. Although they are the lone fighter, they are still fighting to get their product better and better with every product release. I know this first hand seeing I have reviewed practically every All in Wonder release since the AIW 7500 which was over 3 years ago (time flies when you have a good product).
Today I will be throwing one of ATI's latest wonder releases through the Tweaknews grinder to see just how well this swiss army card fares in my office.
ATI RADEON X800XL CHIPSET INFORMATION (From ATI)
RADEON® X800 Graphics Technology delivers frame rates that surpass all previous graphics processors and up to two times the performance of the acclaimed RADEON® 9800 PRO. RADEON® X800 graphics technology provides an extremely smooth, responsive HD gaming experience, putting capable gamers in complete control of even the most demanding game titles. A new architecture based on the latest .13 micron, low-k manufacturing process with ultra fast and efficient GDDR3 memory combine to produce extreme data rates and unbelievable acceleration in a quiet, cool, single-slot solution.
Breakthrough Image Quality
RADEON® X800 Graphics Technology defined a totally new High-Definition Gaming experience for the avid gamer by maximizing performance and image quality in higher detail and at higher resolutions than ever before. ATI‘s new and revolutionary 3Dc™ image enhancement technology brings characters to life and scenery to greater realism by enabling significant improvements to the image detail of character art with increased performance and lower memory usage.3Dc™ is slated to become the industry standard to support more complex high-definition visual effects in real time.
Technologically Advanced 3D Architecture
RADEON® X800 graphics technology features SMARTSHADER™ HD, the most advanced pixel shader engine with up to 16 parallel pixel pipelines capable of an incredible 6 gigapixels/second fill rate in full precision! With six programmable vertex shader pipelines, capable of up to 700 million vertices per second and an overall capability of over 200 billion floating point operations per second(Giga FLOPS), RADEON® X800 Graphics Technology delivers beautifully rendered high-definition 3D animation for intense, interactive game play.
Cutting Edge Video Technology
RADEON® X800 graphics technology gives you more than just a great gaming experience. It also has sophisticated video processing, filtering and acceleration features that make multimedia applications more efficient, inspiring and fun. With VIDEOSHADER™ HD, RADEON® X800 graphics technology takes advantage of its advanced shader processing engine for user programmable video effects, video quality enhancement, and encoding and decoding of many video standards, including MPEG1/2/4, Real Media, DivX and WMV9. RADEON® X800 Graphics Technology also supports the latest high-definition and wide display formats, giving users bigger and more vivid movie, gaming and Internet experiences.
DirectX® 9.0 Leadership Continues
Over the past several years ATI has established a legacy of providing the highest performing Microsoft® DirectX® graphics card solutions. RADEON® X800 graphics technology offers unparalleled DirectX® 9.0 and OpenGL® 2.0 shader support to ensure that current and upcoming games look and play brilliantly, especially in high-definition.
Stability is the foundation of the RADEON® X800 Graphics Technology
Acclaimed by industry leaders, ATI's award winning CATALYST™ software driver suite optimizes the graphics processor performance of ATI's desktop products while ensuring maximum stability and user control. CATALYST™ provides frequent driver updates backed by ATI customer support, to ensure complete satisfaction.