With PCI Express videocards slowly but surely becoming the new graphics card interface, most, if not all videocard manufacturers shifted their new product focus away from the older AGP standard. With PCI Expresses flooding the market like a huge wave, consumers that just bought a new AGP based system were swept to the side without a fast graphics card alternative for their new system. It is kind of unfortunate really, someone flops down $1500 to $2000 for a fast system only to find that the "industry" is rendering their excellent system obsolete before they even have a chance to really use it.
But wait, before you upgrade your excellent system so you can game with the best of them, HIS has seen that there is still a very strong AGP market to capitalize on. Seeing that there is so many of you with an AGP based system, HIS has released a new AGP card for even the enthusiast gamer wanted to crunch through frame rates just as fast as the PCI Express alternative. Seeing the PCI Express standard isn't showing the huge gains needed to make the switch feasible, you would be smart to hold on to your fast machine and take a look at this graphics card featured in this review.
As you will see, this is no slouch whatsoever even though it is AGP based, and as seen in the past HIS IceQ higher end cards, this card can easily be seen as one of the best videocards on the market today. Why do I think that? Read on my friends.......
HIGHTECH (HIS) CORPORATE PROFILE
HIS strives to provide our customers the best value and service on accordance to our founding principles. Today, HIS is one of the largest graphics companies in Hong Kong and rank premier in the world of multimedia graphics. In this fast changing world and very especially in the field of PC, a flexible attribute is competitive advantage. Over the years, HIS earned its reputation worldwide as offering a flexibility that other just cannot match. HIS moves fast. HIS reacts fast.
Commitment to excellence is the bedrock of our company direction. We expand by providing our customers worldwide with the best quality and service to achieve the fundamental objective the Total Customer Satisfaction. As such our worldwide customers are very loyal to us.
CHIPSET FEATURES & INFORMATION (From ATI)
Introducing the Most Advanced Gaming Card
The Radeon® X850 series advances High-Definition Gaming with blockbuster features, including SmartShader™ HD , ATI's highly advanced pixel shader engine. With up to 16 parallel pixel pipelines and up to 43 billion shader operations per second, the Radeon® X850 series delivers the power serious gamers need. SmoothVision™ HD combines advanced texture filtering with ATI's revolutionary 3Dc™ image enhancement technology to deliver brilliant image quality without compromising performance. 3Dc™ has quickly become an industry standard for supporting complex, high-definition visual effects in real time.
HYPER Z™ HD , ATI's intelligent data compression technology, enables the Radeon® X850 series to optimize available memory bandwidth for ultra-high resolution 3D gaming and ultra-fast performance. The result is the most extreme gaming experience ever, making this the ultimate graphics card for serious gamers.
Tomorrow's Video Experience Today
With VideoShader™ HD , the Radeon® X850 series delivers a futuristic multimedia experience for Internet streaming video and DVD playback. The Radeon® X850 offers advanced hardware acceleration of video for reduced CPU utilization which increases overall system performance. Comprehensive support for industry-standard video formats, such as MPEG1/2/4, Real Media, DivX and WMV9 is also included. ATI's FullStream™ video processing technology further sharpens streaming video playback image quality.
The Solution for Extreme Gaming
With its sophisticated board design, the Radeon® X850 series is the ultimate technology for today's newest and most demanding games. Power throttling technology together with the complex fan control system vastly improves overall stability and performance.
The Radeon® X850 series also features ATI's incredible display architecture, now with dual-DVI support. With output to HDTV capability, big screen multimedia and gaming is now larger and sharper than ever before. Users can simultaneously view on analog and digital monitors, including TV or HDTV, for the ultimate gaming, multimedia and applications multitasking experience.
Ultimate Performance and Stability
The Radeon® X850 series features ATI's all-new Catalyst™ Control Center , the award-winning application that is revolutionizing how users interact with their graphics software. Catalyst™ Control Center delivers the industry's most stable 3D acceleration control software, providing exceptional graphics performance and breathtaking visual quality, while giving users complete command of their graphics processing unit.
Radeon® X850 is certified by Imaging Science Research Labs Inc.
The Imaging Science Research Labs (ISF RL) certification and logo identify ATI's Media Center Edition-ready products as best-in-class multimedia components, tested and verified to meet a superior level of technical performance, and the approval of the most discerning eye and ear.