Diamond releases 3 Radeon-based Viper cards

By Justin Mann on September 13, 2006, 7:11 PM
In a press released issued on Tuesday, Diamond Multimedia added three new cards to its Viper series, based off the X1950 and X1650 ATI chipsets. Equipped with all the standard features you'd expect from the X1950 and X1650, the cards include the Viper X1950XTX, Viper X1950 and Viper X1950PRO. The cards aren't cheap, but the prices are in-line with other equal cards, at around $450 for the non-pro cards. You can read the full press release in the comments section.




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DIAMOND RELEASES THREE NEW VIPER GRAPHICS CARDS FEATURING THE RADEON X1950 CHIP Viper Products Provide Best Gaming Performance of Any 3D Card on Market(Chatsworth, CA)--Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer ofPC graphics cards, sound cards and communications productss, will begin shippingthree new versions of its popular Viper video card line on September 14, includingthe X1950 CrossFireT & X1950XTX in PCI-E models along with the X1950PRO available inan AGP version. The X1950 cards represent the pinnacle of achievement in a wide-ranging series ofhigh-performance graphics cards produced by Diamond and featuring the powerful ATIRadeon? chip that outperforms any other single or dual-slot solutions. These cardshave tested memory speeds of 450MHz faster than the last generation of X1900 cards,proving to be the fastest graphics card on the market with blazing clock speed andunrivaled video quality to provide the most immersive experience available. The X1950 cards are also equipped with Avivo ATI Technology video and displayplatform, which enables a High-Definition visual experience, and allows foruniversal connectivity to various digital devices, including home theater systems,LCD monitors, HDTVs, projectors and notebooks. Avivo offers sharper display forvideo and photos compared with conventional cards, as well as "universal displayconnectivity" - which remedies the long-standing barrier of being able to display PCgraphics on a variety of consumer electronics devices, including big-screentelevisions.Yet another breakthrough is the X1950's support of High Dynamic Range (HDR) withfull post-processing capabilities, including anti-aliasing. The Viper X1950XTX and the Viper X1950 CrossFire both use the Radeon X1950 GPU, witha 512MB GDDR4 interface using the PCI Express data bus. These cards have a coreclock speed of 650MHz and a 2.0GHz memory speed. The X1950AGP model has a 256MBGDDR4 interface, core clock speed of 600MHz and a 1.4 GHz memory speed (Due Oct2006). All these products support Dual DVI (x2 Dual-link), HDTV, D-sub, VIVO andAvivo.The connectors included are DVI, TV-Out/HDTV and VIVO. Minimum system requirementsfor the card are an Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 64 FX CPU running at a minimum of2.4GHz, PCI-E slot, 128MB system RAM, 480MB available hard disk space, a CD- orDVD-ROM drive, and 550 Watt power supply or higher. Also needed is a Super VGA orDVI-I compatible monitor. The X1950 models will run under Microsoft Windows? XPSP2, XP 64, 2000 SP4, MCE, 2003 32/64, and Vista environments. The X1950XTX andX1950 CrossFire will require a PCI-E X16 compliant slot & X1950PRO will require anAGP 2.0,3.0/4X,8X.The Viper X1950 also comes with extensive software, including the Catalyst ControlCenter, the award-winning feature-rich 3D software application. Catalystautomatically configures optimal settings for the user's system, and is packed withfeatures that go far beyond traditional driver configuration software. The RadeonUltra-Threaded Shader Engine will handle up to 128 threads at once, as well as up to48 simultaneous shader processors, featuring a revolutionary 3-to-1shader-to-texture ratio.All Diamond video cards also carry the Diamond guarantee of quality assurance. Unlike many cards that are simply first to market, Diamond carefully tests andretests every new model for its ratio of performance to reliability. Diamond islegendary in the PC video card business for its low return rates - less than 1percent versus an industry average of approximately 10 percent - and attributes thisto its intensive testing, detailed product knowledge down to the component level,superior relationships with suppliers and unyielding commitment to quality. Diamondcards use superior connectors, cables and components, as well as undergo morethorough testing for heat susceptibility and durability, and this is directlyreflected in its superior track record of longevity at the highest levels ofperformance.The X1950 CrossFire and X1950 XTX each retail at $449. All Diamond cards areavailable through most North American distributors, such as ASI, D&H, Ingram Microand TechData along with most leading computer retailers and e-commerce sites likeNewEgg.com and Amazon.com. About Diamond MultimediaFor the past two decades, Diamond Multimedia has been widely recognized as a pioneerin the graphics, sound and communications industries and as a key player inlaunching the multimedia revolution. Through the process of specialization,multimedia companies have become nearly extinct, each concentrating on a few aspectsbut never again addressing a complete experience. In that time evolution andnatural selection has transformed Diamond into a new type of multimedia company, acompany that brings all of the differing technologies together under one brand. Diamond Multimedia is partnered with some of the top technology companies in theworld with an in-house team of industry veterans.Diamond provides the absolute best quality in advanced graphics, digital television,communications and sound hardware solutions for home and business users, enablingusers to create, access and experience compelling new media content from theirdesktops and through the internet.Diamond products are available to the public throughout North America throughretailers, resellers and systems integrators as well as top technology productdistributors. Diamond products stand for performance, quality and value. Corporateheadquarters are located in Chatsworth, California.# # #DIAMOND RELEASES SIX NEW VIPER GRAPHICS CARDS PROVIDING COMBINATION OF SPEED AND SAVINGS (Chatsworth, CA)--Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer ofPC graphics cards, sound cards and communications productss, will begin shippingfour new versions of its popular Viper video card line on September 14. These cardsoffer fast, cost-efficient solutions for the marketplace: X1900XT 256MB X1650PRO, 512MB and 256MB, both PCIE and AGP X1300XT, PCIE, 256MBThe Viper X1900XT uses the Radeon? X1900XT GPU, with a 256MB interface using the PCIExpress data bus. It supports Dual DVI (x2 Dual-link), HDTV, VIVO, D-sub and Avivo. The Radeon's Ultra-Threaded Shader Engine will handle up to 128 threads at once, aswell as up to 48 simultaneous shader processors, featuring a revolutionary 3-to-1shader-to-texture ratio.The X1900XT is equipped with ATI's Avivo video and display platform, which enables aHigh-Definition visual experience, and allows for universal connectivity to variousdigital devices, including home theater systems, LCD monitors, HDTVs, projectors andnotebooks. Avivo offers sharper display for video and photos compared withconventional cards, as well as "universal display connectivity" - which remedies thelong-standing barrier of being able to display PC graphics on a variety of consumerelectronics devices, including big-screen televisions.The 1650PRO uses the RV530XT ATI Radeon GPU and comes in both PCI-E and AGP models,each at either 512MB or 256MB. The X1650 features GDDR2 interface with memoryspeeds of 1.2GHz (up 800MHz from the last generation X1600's) and now supports x2Dual Link DVI. The X1300XT has a PCI-E bus type, 256MB memory, 560MHz clock speed and 1.38GHzmemory speed. It's now CrossFireT ready, contains 256MB GDDR3 memory and isconsidered the flagship of the X1300 series with a faster core clock and increasedmemory speeds. It utilizes 90nm technology and has an increased number of ShaderProcessors (12) with the added feature of x2 Dual Link DVI.The connectors included are DVI, VGA, TV-Out/HDTV and VIVO. Minimum systemrequirements for the X1650 card are an Intel Pentium 4 of AMD Athlon 64 FX CPUrunning at a minimum of 2.4GHz, PCI-E slot, 256MB system RAM, 480MB available harddisk space, a CD- or DVD-ROM drive, and a 550 Watt power supply or higher to ensurenormal system operation where a number of other internal devices are installed. DVDplayback requires DVD drive and decoder software (not included). A PCI Expressbased PC is required with one x16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard. To complete the CrossFire platform, a CrossFire Ready motherboard with 2 PCI Expressx16 lanes are also required. Also needed is a Super VGA or DVI-I compatiblemonitor. The X1650 will run under Microsoft Windows? XP SP2, XP 64, 2000 SP4, MCE,2003 32/64 and Vista.The X1300XT minimum system requirements include an Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon CPUwith 256MB or 512MB of system memory (1GB or more for best performance), amotherboard with one PCI Express x16 slot, specialized PCI Express 500 Watt orgreater power supply recommended, Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2),high-resolution MultiSync or multi-frequency monitors or any other type of VGAmonitor and digital flat-panel (DFP) displays or digital CRT display.All Diamond video cards also carry the Diamond guarantee of quality assurance. Unlike many cards that are simply first to market, Diamond carefully tests andretests every new model for its ratio of performance to reliability. Diamond islegendary in the PC video card business for its low return rates - less than 1percent versus an industry average of approximately 10 percent - and attributes thisto its intensive testing, detailed product knowledge down to the component level,superior relationships with suppliers and unyielding commitment to quality. Diamondcards use superior connectors, cables and components, as well as undergo morethorough testing for heat susceptibility and durability, and this is directlyreflected in its superior track record of longevity at the highest levels ofperformance.Both the PCIE and AGP versions of the X1650PRO, 512MB and 256MB retail at $229. TheX1900XT, 256MB retails at $399 and the X1300XT, PCI-E, 256MB retails at $149. AllDiamond cards are available through most North American distributors, such as ASI,D&H, Ingram Micro and TechData along with most leading computer retailers ande-commerce sites like NewEgg.com and Amazon.com.
shanecanuk said:
I once bought a Diamond viper ultra (BIG Bucks) all I got from these clowns were beta drivers that crashed in every game, other than that the card was extremely fast (when it worked) and they were amoungst the first computer companies that farmed out its tech support to someplace in India. Shortly after the Diamond name went tits up ??? Buy a real card that has support, I wouldn't not piss on these guys even if they were on fire.
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