VisionTek RADEON 9800XT and 9600XT Cards

VisionTek, a division of Hartford Computer Group and a leading supplier of advanced PC graphics cards and memory solutions, today announced two new products, which will be bundled with Half-Life® 2, as part of ATI’s new product launch from The Rock on Alcatraz Island. VisionTek’s two new products are the XTASY 9800 XT 256MB, a high-end 3D graphics accelerator built utilizing ATI’s RADEON™ 9800 XT VPU, and the XTASY 9600 XT 128MB, a powerful mid-range 3D graphics accelerator built around the ATI RADEON 9600 XT VPU.


VisionTek, a division of Hartford Computer Group and a leading
supplier of advanced PC graphics cards and memory solutions, today announced two
new products, which will be bundled with Half-Life® 2, as part of ATI’s new
product launch from The Rock on Alcatraz Island. VisionTek’s two new products
are the XTASY 9800 XT 256MB, a high-end 3D graphics accelerator built utilizing
ATI’s RADEON™ 9800 XT VPU, and the XTASY 9600 XT 128MB, a powerful mid-range 3D
graphics accelerator built around the ATI RADEON 9600 XT VPU.

VisionTek is ATI’s Premium Retail Partner for North America and will be among
the first of ATI’s add-in board partners to deliver the new products. “The PC
platform is the cutting edge of technology for the gaming industry, and the
XTASY 9800 XT just pushed the bar higher for everyone else.” remarked Jeff Hoeft,
graphics product manager for VisionTek. ”Hard core gamers want the best visual
experience and the fastest performance, both of which reach new heights in the
XTASY 9800 XT.”

Both products are designed to deliver unparalleled performance in today’s
graphically demanding and shader-intensive DirectX® 9 games. In recently
released benchmarks that reflect the visual processing demands of the new
generation of games, ATI processors pulled away from the competition by a wide
margin.

“We are excited to see the power of our new processors paired with a brand that
is so well known and is so broadly available to consumers,” commented Rick
Bergman, senior vice president, marketing and general manager, desktop, ATI
Technologies, Inc. “Partnering with companies such as VisionTek helps us achieve
our goal of delivering the ultimate visual experience.”

The XTASY 9800 XT features ATI’s RADEON 9800 XT VPU, a 256-bit memory interface
with 256MB of high speed DDR memory, full Microsoft DirectX® 9 support and an
8-pixel pipeline. The card has a core clock speed of 412MHz and an effective
memory clock of 730MHz. In addition, purchasers of the XTASY 9800 XT will
receive a free copy of Half-Life ® 2, when the game ships. It has a suggested
retail price of $ 499.

The XTASY 9600 XT features ATI’s RADEON 9600 XT VPU, a 256-bit memory interface
with 128MB of high speed DDR memory, full Microsoft DirectX® 9 support and an
4-pixel pipeline. The card has a core clock speed of 500MHz and an effective
memory clock of 600MHz. In addition, purchasers of the XTASY 9600 XT will
receive a free copy of Half-Life ® 2, when the game ships. It has a suggested
retail price of $ 199.

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