Date: September 19th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: H.I.S.
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Product Comments From HighTech
Powered by ATI RADEON™600XT, HIS Excalibur X600 XT VIVO PCIE is the advanced Performance class graphics board let you having Gaming Just Got Better.
The HIS Excalibur X600XT VIVO is the next generation technology, making this new product the ideal choice for serious gamers looking for the right balance of value and performance. The HIS Excalibur X600XT VIVO has a brand new graphics memory interface delivering frame rates that allow for a highly responsive and smooth game-play experience. The HIS Excalibur X600XT VIVO 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.
Embedded with the ATI RAGE THEATER, HIS Excalibur X600XT VIVO provides video encoder/decoder that elevates video on the PC to the next level of integration and performance. Its advanced processing features are designed to generate a superior video out image, making it particularly suited for applications such as TV Web browsing.
- Powered by ATI Radeon X600 XT VPU
- 500MHz ATI RAGE THEATER
- VIVO 128MB-128bit DDR memory
- 756MHz Four parallel pixel pipelines
- Two vertex shader pipelines
- HYPER Z™ III
- Native x16 lane PCI Express
- DirectX®9 and OpenGL®supported
- VGA, TV-Out and DVI-I supported
- VIVO Video Capture
HIS iCooler cooling Technology
HIS RAM Heatsink
HIS VIVO Full Input/Output interface options
Platinum packing with software bundle
Classic packing with economic cost
HIS decided to stay with its' normal packaging for the X600XT line of cards to keep costs down so the consumer will get a better price.
Sure they could have used a flashy box with viewing windows and but you would just be paying for something that gets tossed in the trash in the long run.
Seen above is the User's Manual along with the large amount of bonus software and games included with this card. An interesting thing I found out from HIS is the only reason that this card s deemed a "Limited Edition" videocard is because of the included US$39.99 PictureEZ digital photo suite. Other than that particular piece of software, the rest of the software is part of the Platinum Pack Software Bundle.
The Platinum Pack software bundle is comprised of the following:
- Counter Strike: Condition Zero : Full Version
- VideoStudio 7SE
- Demo Game CD
- HIS Driver CD
With all things considered, this is quite a large amount of included software and if you were to buy all the software through a retail channel you would be paying up to US$100. Not a bad value at all.