Diamond releases PCI and PCI-Ex cards aimed at businesses

By Justin Mann on August 15, 2006, 8:35 PM
The world of PCI users are often forgotten in a market obsessed with performance, and too often emphasis is placed on those who want lots of fancy, but not always practical, features. In a press release issued today, Diamond Multimedia is announcing the release of a line of cards specifically aimed at businesses, primarily for use on multiple LCD monitors (common in the workplace) with low power demands. Supporting both PCI and PCI-Ex, they are looking to hit a segment of the business market that is often overlooked. Many companies buy machines en-masse that often do not come with AGP or Pci-Ex cards, leaving little choice. The BV200 is a PCI card featuring 128MB of DDR, and the BV300 is a PCI-Ex card with 256MB of GDDR2. Within the next two months, they plan to expand the line:

The BizView BV200 and BV300 video cards each support two digital LCD monitors and are half the size of regular video cards, fitting into both standard and low profile cases. Both models have low-heat output and dual DVI and TV-Out support. The BV200 features 128 MB DDR memory for PCI connection. The BV300 features 256MB GDDR2 memory for PCI Express connection as well as HDTV support. Diamond is also planning the launch of the dual link BV400 quad monitor solution as part of BizView line in the next 60 days. All BizView products will feature Lifetime Warranty.

According to the article, all the cards supporting Windows and Linux, unusual for a card that just hit the market. The prices are fairly low as well, with both cards retailing under $150. Cool stuff. You can read the full press release here.

Update: Diamond does not mention this other than in the specifications sheet. These cards are based on ATI GPUs code-named RV515LE and RV280, which are basically the same chips used on Radeon X1300LE and Radeon 9200 cards, respectively. Of course, they are trying to give the products a spin with packages that target a different market and with features that could come handy as such.




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DIAMOND MULTIMEDIA SHIPS NEW LINE OF VIDEO GRAPHICS CARDS FOR ENHANCED BUSINESS PRODUCTIVITYNew "BizView" Line Offers Cost-Effective Solutions Supporting Multiple Digital LCD Monitors for Home Office, Business, and 2D Workstations Users(Chatsworth, CA, August 15, 2006)--Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications productss, has shipped the first two models in its new line of business video cards called BizView®, offering crisp image quality on video and graphics, low-heat output and support for multiple digital LCD monitors, making users 25% more productive. The BizView BV200 and BV300 video cards each support two digital LCD monitors and are half the size of regular video cards, fitting into both standard and low profile cases. Both models have low-heat output and dual DVI and TV-Out support. The BV200 features 128 MB DDR memory for PCI connection. The BV300 features 256MB GDDR2 memory for PCI Express connection as well as HDTV support. Diamond is also planning the launch of the dual link BV400 quad monitor solution as part of BizView line in the next 60 days. All BizView products will feature Lifetime Warranty. "Diamond's BizView line offers the perfect combination of form and function for the multi-tasker in the business workplace," said Bruce Zaman, CEO of Diamond Multimedia. "BizView not only allows for a low-heat connection to multiple monitors, but it's unique in offering a lifetime warranty for our users."Minimum system requirements for the BV200 are an Intel Pentium III, AMD Athlon or higher CPU running at a minimum of 450 MHz or higher, one available PCI slot, 64MB system RAM, 90MB available hard disk space, a CD-ROM drive (DVD-ROM drive for DVD Playback), and a Super VGA or DVI-I compatible monitor. Minimum system requirements for the BV300 are an Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 FX running at a minimum of 420 MHz or higher, one PCI Express X16 compliant slot, 512MB system RAM, 90MB available hard disk space and a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. Both the BV200 and BV300 will run under Windows 2000 or XP environments and support Windows Vista and Linux. Each product includes a DVI to VGA converter, S-Video cable and a DMS-59 adapter. All Diamond video cards also carry the Diamond guarantee of quality assurance. Unlike many cards that are simply first to market, Diamond carefully tests and retests every new model for its ratio of performance to reliability. Diamond is legendary in the PC video card business for its low return rates - less than 1 percent versus an industry average of approximately 10 percent - and attributes this to its intensive testing, detailed product knowledge down to the component level, superior relationships with suppliers and unyielding commitment to quality. Diamond cards use superior connectors, cables and components, as well as undergo more thorough testing for heat susceptibility and durability, and this is directly reflected in its superior track record of longevity at the highest levels of performance.The BV200 and BV300 will retail at $129 and $149, respectively. Products are currently available at Amazon.com as Diamond's Launch Partner for BizView line. They will be available through most North American distributors, such as Ingram Micro, Tech Data and D&H along with most leading computer retailers and e-commerce sites. About Diamond MultimediaFor the past two decades, Diamond Multimedia has been widely recognized as a pioneer in the graphics, sound and communications industries and as a key player in launching the multimedia revolution. Through the process of specialization, multimedia companies have become nearly extinct, each concentrating on a few aspects but never again addressing a complete experience. In that time evolution and natural selection has transformed Diamond into a new type of multimedia company, a company that brings all of the differing technologies together under one brand. Diamond Multimedia is partnered with some of the top technology companies in the world, including ATI Technologies as graphics chip provider.Diamond provides the absolute best quality in advanced graphics, digital television, communications and sound hardware solutions for home and business users, enabling them to create, access and experience compelling new media content from their desktops and through the internet.Diamond products are available to the public throughout North America through retailers, resellers and systems integrators as well as top technology product distributors. Diamond products stand for performance, quality and value. Corporate headquarters are located in Chatsworth, California.# # #
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