ATI today introduced the RADEON™ 9800 XT and the RADEON™ 9600
XT, delivering killer DirectX® 9 performance in leading games like Half-Life® 2,
which will be bundled with the graphics cards. The RADEON 9800 XT, the most
powerful visual processor available, takes the award-winning RADEON 9800
architecture, the first and only to feature eight full pixel pipes, and makes it
even faster. Shipping immediately, the graphics cards will feature 256MB of
graphics memory and a wide, 256-bit memory interface. In addition to the
brute-force capabilities of the visual processor, the architecture is
efficiently designed to process instructions in parallel, maximizing
performance. The RADEON 9800 XT will be available in stores and online in
October from ATI and its board partners. ATI’s retail product will have a
suggested retail price of $ 499.

ATI today introduced the RADEON™ 9800 XT and the RADEON™ 9600
XT, delivering killer DirectX® 9 performance in leading games like Half-Life® 2,
which will be bundled with the graphics cards. The RADEON 9800 XT, the most
powerful visual processor available, takes the award-winning RADEON 9800
architecture, the first and only to feature eight full pixel pipes, and makes it
even faster. Shipping immediately, the graphics cards will feature 256MB of
graphics memory and a wide, 256-bit memory interface. In addition to the
brute-force capabilities of the visual processor, the architecture is
efficiently designed to process instructions in parallel, maximizing
performance. The RADEON 9800 XT will be available in stores and online in
October from ATI and its board partners. ATI’s retail product will have a
suggested retail price of $ 499.

The RADEON 9600 XT, the world’s first visual processor
developed using a low k dielectric process, features four pixel pipes and 128MB
of graphics memory and delivers unbeatable performance for under $ 200. Recent
reviews have shown the RADEON 9600 XT to outperform cards twice its price in
today’s shader-intensive DirectX 9 games. Gamers will enjoy the stunning visual
quality that the RADEON 9600 XT delivers, which renders in full precision at all
times. The card will also be available in stores and online in October from ATI
and its board partners.

Customers purchasing ATI’s RADEON 9800 XT and RADEON 9600 XT
will also get a free copy of Half-Life 2 when the game ships. “We chose to
partner with ATI because of their outstanding DirectX 9 performance,” said Gabe
Newell, Founder and Managing Director, Valve®. “Half-Life 2 relies heavily on
advanced shader technologies to give the game a realistic and immersive
environment. ATI’s DirectX 9-class RADEON™ cards are the best choices for
playing Half-Life 2.” ATI’s RADEON 9800 XT and RADEON 9600 XT will be available
in high-end gaming systems from system builders like ABS, Alienware, CyberPower,
Elite PC, Falcon Northwest, IbuyPower, MDG, Velocity Micro, Voodoo PC and ZT
Group. Add-in-board partners and third party graphics card manufacturers will
also be distributing products for retail, and for the OEM and white box markets.
Board partners include ASUSTeK, Celestica, Connect3D, CP Technology, GeCube,
Giga-Byte, Hercules, Hightech Information System, Sapphire, VisionTek and Yuan.