Date: June 8th, 2006
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Sapphire
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SAPPHIRE CORPORATE PROFILE
Pioneers in a new era of how data is displayed and games are played, Sapphire shepherds the performance oriented with ground-breaking solutions to an environment that remains in a constant state of flux and ultimate evolution. For over ten years Sapphire has held true to its unwavering commitment, the commitment to deliver the most feature rich and soundly engineered products. Because of Sapphire's firm position on achieving excellence with each product that leaves our ISO9001 and ISO14001 certified factories, you can rest assured that your customers will recognize YOUR commitment to selling only the highest of quality components.
"Sapphire is ATI's largest and best performing partner World Wide" Dave Orton, CEO ATI
Since ATI announced its manufacturing & distribution relationships with ODMs and AiBs in June of 2001, SAPPHIRE has been THE key ATI Graphics Boards Supplier worldwide and now stands poised and ready to capture the mainboard audience of those who seek a stable platform for their mission critical operations.
By looking at the calendar I can see that it is just becoming the 8th of June which to some would mean nothing, but to Sapphire, it is the release date of their newest mainstream videocard, the Ultimate X1600pro.
Let's face facts here, not everyone has the bucks to slap down a cool half a grand to purchase their new videocard and some even can't scrounge the budget for even US$250. Some people are out to purchase a decent videocard, for a decent sub US$200 price tag and have a quiet and acceptable gaming experience if they are bored from time to time.
Today I will be reviewing Sapphire's latest x1600pro mainstream videocard which is more or less just like their standard version with a tweaked, low noise heatpipe cooling solution. Stay tuned, if you are in the market for a quiet mainstream videocard, this card might be perfect for your machine.
ATI RADEON CHIPSET INFORMATION
Radeon® X1600 Series — Outstanding Digital Entertainment and 3D Graphics
The Radeon® X1600 series is designed to deliver outstanding digital entertainment and 3D graphics through its unique ultra-threaded architecture and Avivo™ video and display technology. The X1600 is CrossFire™ Ready to deliver the ultimate gaming performance.
ATI's new Radeon X1600 series transforms your PC with astonishing graphics performance and visual quality, creating a lifelike High Definition (HD) viewing experience with 3D games, DVD movies, and digital photography and video.
Radeon X1600 is an ideal product for the working demands and entertainment pleasures of tomorrow.
Featured on this page:
- ATI's Avivo - Video & Display Perfection
- State-of-the-Art 3D Performance Technology
- CrossFire: Multiply and Conquer with Multi-GPU Performance
- Catalyst® Software: Customizable Performance, Control and Support
ATI's Avivo- Video & Display Perfection
Connect your Radeon X1600 with your home entertainment devices for high definition convergence, enhanced with ATI's revolutionary new Avivo video and display technology platform. Avivo technology creates vibrant colors, ultra sharp images, true-to-life image reproduction, and the smoothest HD video playback ever offered by ATI.
Avivo redefines the ultimate visual experience for today's PCs, and sets the stage for tomorrow's exciting possibilities. Check your board for specific support of Avivo features.
- Sharp video and photos
Avivo enhances your digital video and photos, creating sharp images, crisp text, and vivid color. Boost the video quality captured by your Media PC and Personal Video Recorder with advanced 3D comb filtering and automatic gain control. Improve analog video signal quality and reduce annoying artifacts. Maintain clean images even at high display resolutions with Avivo's video scaling technology.
- True-to-Life Image Reproduction
Get high image fidelity with CRT and LCD displays, TVs, rear projection and plasma TVs, as well as projectors. Avivo introduces new life to colors across the entire spectrum with an advanced 10-bit-per-color display engine. Gain better digital signal reception, and maintain cleaner video with hardware noise reduction. Enjoy high-quality analog video capture enabled by robust 12-bit analog-to-digital converters. With Avivo, any video display paints a radiant canvas that will delight your eyes.
- Smooth Video Playback
Free your CPU to devote more processing power to other applications with Avivo's hardware accelerated processing of new HD video formats, including H.264. Transform your movies and improve every image sent to your display with hardware post processing for superb stutter-free viewing. Avivo gives your video playback the smooth, fluid motion you want from your HD content.
- Universal Display Connectivity
Certain ATI graphics cards with Avivo technology can dissolve connectivity barriers between PCs and consumer electronic devices. Outputs for virtually any TV via analog or digital interface, such as s-video and DVI , are complemented by inputs for cable, broadcast TV and other video sources. Advanced dual-link DVI interfaces support the largest high-resolution LCD displays.
State-of-the-Art 3D Performance Technology
Experience state-of-the-art graphics technology and enjoy unparalleled gaming with the most advanced 3D performance technology including a new ultra-threaded 3D architecture, a 256-bit ring-bus memory controller, support for up to 512 MB RAM and Shader Model 3.0 done right. All delivered using the most advance 90 nanometer GPU process.
- Radeon X1600 Series excels with Shader Model 3.0, HDR and adaptive anti-aliasing
Radeon X1600's 90-nanometer process technology and ultra-threaded architecture combine power and efficiency to optimized support for Shader Model 3.0 and deliver new high dynamic range visual effects, enhanced realism with adaptive anti-aliasing and lightening fast performance in OpenGL and DirectX® 9 games.