Date: July 26th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: HIS
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HIS EXCALIBUR X800 PRO INTRODUCTION
Seemingly out of no where, just over a year ago Hightech burst onto the enthusiast videocard playing field waving a fist full of videocards that blind-sided the competition with superior construction, features and cooling. Before then, even I only regarded the company as an OEM component manufacturer with a bland line of videocards rarely seen on North American soil. When HIS decided to send me their 256Meg DDR2 9800pro IceQ (Review: HERE), I was at first skeptical seeing a company's first chartered course into unfamiliar enthusiast territory usually leads to some manufacturing or quality control issues.
Once the product box was opened, I was very wrong and blown away with a product that on its initial release was one, if not THE best 9800pro videocard on the market. With superior cooling attached to an already fast videocard, the purchaser was given the opportunity to push the videocard even further through overclocking changing an everyday high performance computer into a frame thrashing graphic beast just waiting to consume any intensive game thrown in its warpath.
What you will be seeing today is the next edition of HIS's IceQ line called the IceQII. Utilizing ATI's next generation X800 video processors, HIS intends to pick where the initial 9x00pro based videocards left off and continue dominating the market with a videocard which is matched by none and envied by many.
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.
ATI X800 CORE ARCHITECTURE FEATURES (From ATI)
The World's Fastest and Most Powerful VPU*
RADEON™ X800 Graphics Technology delivers frame rates that surpass any previous graphics processor making it the world's most powerful VPU*. With 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 radically 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 defines 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.
World's Most 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 the most beautifully rendered high-definition 3D animation for the ultimate in 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 the latest 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.