Hot off the heels of ATI’s Radeon X850 VPU launch, and vendors have as expected announced plans for new graphics cards based on the chip.
The new Abit cards will be PCI Express cards based on the Radeon X850 PE and XT, offering core CPUs speeds of 540MHz and 520MHz respectively. Possibly more interesting though is its announcement of new RX800-Guru, based on ATI’s Radeon X800 and featuring Abit’s proprietary µGuru overclocking technology. Previously only available on its motherboards, Abit has now brought the technology to its graphics cards, claiming a performance improvement of up to 30 per cent.
The secret to µGuru is that it not only enables the user to adjust VPU and memory operating frequencies but also the operating voltages as well. This gives users the power to push their cards more successfully that with standard overclocking tools. OC Guru's interface also acts as a VGA card monitor, displaying core and memory frequencies, voltages and temperatures, along with fan speeds. However, this requires the user to have a compatible vGuru motherboard as well. For greater stability a dual-BIOS is also present so that should one become corrupted for any reason you can switch to the other one.
In addition, Abit has announced Fatal1ty X800 XL, as part of its sponsorship with the world’s ‘number-one gamer’, Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel. The Fatal1ty X800 XL is based on ATI’s new R430 VPU, with a core frequency of 400MHz and sports Abit’s OTES cooling system.
Another vendor releasing ATI Radeon X850 based cards is GeCube. Interestingly the GeCube Radeon X850 UniWise will be a single slot solution like the original X800 so small form factor owners can still run the fastest card around. To make up for the lack of the larger cooling solution the Uniwise uses a copper fin and a heat-pipe to keep things cool.
GeCube will also be releasing a standard Radeon X850 XT aswell as the GeCube Radeon X800XL based on the R420 chipset.