Chaintech today announced a pair of mainstream graphics cards, which deliver everything the Home Theatre PC users need for output as well as enough power for graphics-intensive applications and 3D gaming at a modest price. Chaintech’s Volari V5 (SAV5) graphics card features XGI Technology’s Volari V5 chipset. The Apogee VE VA62A-G2 utilizes nVIDIA’s GeForce 6200A chipset. Both graphics cards have native AGP 8x support to lower the costs. They also feature 128/256MB DDR2 support, as well as all the outputs HTPC users and 3D gamers need with D-Sub VGA out, HDTV output, DVI-I, and bundled S-Video cable. The MSRP of the Chaintech SAV5 is US$ 49 and list price for the Apogee VE VA62A-G2 is $ 79 for the 128MB version and $ 89 for the 256MB version.

Chaintech Computer Co. today announced a pair of mainstream graphics cards,
which deliver everything the Home Theatre PC users need for output as well as
enough power for graphics-intensive applications and 3D gaming at a modest
price.

Chaintech’s Volari V5 (SAV5) graphics card features XGI Technology’s Volari V5
chipset. The Apogee VE VA62A-G2 utilizes nVIDIA’s GeForce 6200A chipset. Both
graphics cards have native AGP 8x support to lower the costs. They also feature
128/256MB DDR2 support, as well as all the outputs HTPC users and 3D gamers need
with D-Sub VGA out, HDTV output, DVI-I, and bundled S-Video cable.

Either video card is an outstanding choice for anyone who wants advanced
technology at a lower price, which is still based on the AGP interface. Display
resolution support ranges from 60-200 (256/65k/16.7 million colors) at 640×480
resolution to 60-85 at 2048×1536 resolution on both cards.

Chaintech’s SAV5 features XGI trademarked Cipher Video Processor, which utilizes
an advanced de-interlacing technology to play video files with smooth,
flicker-free and fluid motion. The Cipher video processor converts both incoming
and outgoing video feeds to ensure that videos are displayed with the highest
possible on-screen quality. The card also incorporates XGI’s ColorAmp Engine,
which analyzes the on-screen environment and automatically optimizes color
intensity and gamma levels to provide the most accurate on-screen color and
display brightness.

XGI’s proprietary Intelli-Vision Engine is also a central feature of the SAV5.
The Intelli-Vision Engine makes calculated adjustments to display brightness
when entering 3D mode, to provide clear and sharp graphics for gaming
applications.

Other features of the SAV5 include: 128-bit advanced memory interface; 256-bit
3D/2D graphics engine; 400/500 MHz memory clock; 6.4GB/sec memory bandwidth
(400MHz); 8.0GB/sec memory bandwidth (500MHz); built-in thermal diode for GPU
security-update; eight sets high performance pixel rendering pipelines.
Chaintech bundles a graphics driver and utility, and Adobe Photoshop Album 1.0
with each board.

The MSRP of the Chaintech SAV5 is $ 49.00 (USA).

Chaintech’s Apogee VE VA62A-G2 extends the life of AGP-based desktop PCs. The
card is based on nVIDIA’s proven 6000 series and is available in 128 and 256MB
memory versions. Because these cards use the same technology found in nVIDIA’s
6000 series line makes them among the only graphics cards in their class with
Shader Model 3.0 support and capable of producing outstanding special effects.
CineFX 3.0 engine and PureVideo, UltraShadow II and Intellisample 3.0 technology
are technologies exclusive to nVIDIA to deliver more realistic graphic
environments with true to life textures and shadows. Intellisample 3.0 removes
the jagged edges that appear on curves or diagonal lines in games.

The Apogee VE VA62A-G2 features on-chip video acceleration to take the strain
off the CPU when watching or encoding video.

Standard features on the Apogee VE VA62A-G2 include: 700 MHz memory clock; 5.6
GB/sec memory bandwidth; and Microsoft DirectX Shader Model 3.0. Chaintech’s
software bundle for this board includes WinDVD 5 (6 Channel); WinDVD Creator 2;
WinRip 2.1; Home Theater 2.1 Lite; DVD Copy 2 Lite and Adobe Photoshop Album
1.0.

The list price for the Apogee VE VA62A-G2 is $ 79 for the 128MB version and $ 89
for the 256MB version.