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Date: May 31st, 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.

 

PRODUCT INTRODUCTION



Today's computer peripheral consumers have all lined up neatly in three different sections. On the far left we have the budget minded consumer that wants to save money and get a product that will get the job done with no frills, bells or whistles. Directly in front of us we have the mainstream consumer who is usually a person that wants a product to perform reasonably well, but can't afford a top of the line product but yet won't settle for something too slow. On the right we have the enthusiast sitting there grinning, wallet in hand just waiting for the latest screaming fast toy to slap into their computer. These people usually have bulging wallets that snap open on command when a new product is just released into the retail market.


The left and center need not even consider this product being reviewed today seeing this product is intended for the gamer that wants to game with extremely high framerates with all the visual toys at full quality settings. As you will see farther on in the review, this videocard is a beast that will not only having your yelp in gaming bliss, but will also serve as a handy computer room heater for those frosty nights spent strapped into your computer chair.

 

RADEON X1900 SERIES CHIPSET INFORMATION



Radeon® X1900 Series — The World's Fastest Consumer Graphics 1


Is your rig ready for the onslaught of next generation games? It will be with the Radeon® X1900—the fastest consumer 3D graphics processor on the planet.


Designed from the ground up to deliver maximum graphical detail at the best possible frame rates, the Radeon X1900's state-of-the-art architecture includes an ultra-threaded engine for unparalleled shader performance. In addition, it is CrossFire™ ready, allowing your greatest multi-GPU fantasies to come true.


The Radeon X1900 ups the ante with Avivo™ video and display technology delivering movies, games, and photos in high-definition format with stunning color and realism.


The World's Fastest Consumer Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)


The Radeon X1900 conquers the competition with brute force and massive parallelism, including an ultra-threaded engine, high speed memory support, and 90 nanometer technology.

  • New ultra-threaded engine cranks up performance for a significant improvement over our previous generation GPU

    The Radeon X1900's ultra-threaded engine has 48 individual pixel shader processors and supports incredibly fast memory clock speeds.

  • Ultra-efficient memory controller squeezes out every last drop of visual detail from your games

    Efficient use of memory permits rapid transmission of graphics data. The Radeon X1900's new ring-bus memory controller provides optimal memory usage for enhanced performance.

  • 90 nanometer technology = maximum performance

    Industry-leading 90 nanometer technology has allowed our engineers to pack more features into the graphics chip, resulting in faster frame rates and incredible performance improvements.


Are You Ready to Slide Your Graphics Settings to ‘V. High'?


The Radeon X1900 promises the world's fastest shader performance in Shader Model 3.0 applications. ATI allows you to experience simultaneous HDR and advanced anti-aliasing effects for incredible enhancements to lighting contour and colour details, delivering the ultimate in visually immersive 3D gaming.


Get your box geared up for the future of games with blazing fast shader performance and watch your characters sweat with Shader Model 3.0

Shaders create the surface properties of 3D objects. The Radeon X1900 has 48 shader processors that work in parallel with Shader Model 3.0 to render complex object surfaces—such as glistening sweat on a character's skin—with 128-bit floating point precision.

Take the edge off of jagged wires and strands of hair with advanced adaptive anti-aliasing, and experience realistic lighting through HDR technology

The Radeon® X1K family are the only graphics boards on the market to combine Full Screen Antialiasing (FSAA)—the most advanced anti-aliasing technique in the world—with high dynamic range (HDR) technology. HDR mimics the function of the human eye by allowing for a broader range of colors within a scene. This allows for more color, giving a wider spectrum of lighting effects and providing realistic shadows around buildings or landscape. This added color detail and lighting effect gives you a more true-to-life gaming experience with realistic settings and sequences.

Unite the power of two graphics cards to accelerate your games even further with CrossFire, our acclaimed multi-GPU solution

Radeon X1900 series allows you to get incredible gaming performance by adding a Radeon X1900 Crossfire Edition graphics card for ultra fast performance that works with all games, all the time.


Beyond games


There's more to PC graphics than games, and Avivo — video and display perfection — makes sure you experience it all. Avivo promises a high definition amphitheatre visual experience, delivering sharper photos, smoother video, true-to-life image representation, and universal display connectivity.

  • High-definition images come to life with remarkable clarity and over 1 billion colors

    Avivo's 10-bit-per-color display engine renders more than one billion colors, resulting in images that are clean, sharp, and incredibly realistic.

  • Avivo's universal connectivity allows you to create your ideal display set-up

    In addition to supporting multiple monitor environments and accommodating virtually any type of display, Avivo can allow your PC to become the core of your home theater by leveraging ATI's Xillion and Theater technologies, which are found inside many of today's best digital TVs.

  • Avivo uses the same technologies present in digital TVs to deliver HD image quality for a high-end home theatre experience

    Avivo uses proprietary video scaling technology to display crystal clear images on high resolution displays. Movies and images sent to your display will be hardware accelerated for superb, stutter-free viewing.

 

 


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