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VisionTek Introduces Immediate Availability of RADEON X1950XTX 512MB PCI Express
Date: Thursday September 14, 2006
Category: Video Cards
Manufacturer Link: Visiontek
The RADEON®™ X1950XTX is the new flagship product in the ATI consumer graphics line and boasts outstanding image quality features resulting in the best looking games possible.

VisionTek Introduces Immediate Availability of RADEON X1950XTX 512MB PCI Express

VisionTek Products, LLC, a supplier of advanced PC graphics cards, memory solutions and PC accessories, today announced the launch of their new RADEON®™ X1950XTX 512MB PCI  Express PC graphic card.  The VisionTek “Limited Edition X1950XTX Launch Bundle” is available immediately direct from

VisionTek, a “Premium Retail Partner” and technology launch partner of ATI for North America, has created a new standard of excellence with the X1950XTX by shipping to consumers on launch date.   “Everyone in the hardcore gaming community circle launch dates on their calendar, and by the performance I see from the new RADEON®™ X1950XTX this day should be circled twice!”  Remarked Jeff Hoeft, Sr. director of product development for VisionTek. “We have decided to offer immediate graphics gratification with direct availability of our limited edition X1950XTX launch bundle from”

The RADEON®™  X1950XTX is the new flagship product in the ATI consumer graphics line and boasts outstanding image quality features resulting in the best looking games possible.   “The single most important detail to our high-end consumers is to ship on the launch date.” Commented Michael Innes, EVP VisionTek, “The next most important details are quality and performance.  VisionTek has accomplished all of these details on launch date.”  VisionTek only offers flagship class RADEON®™ products made on the exact same production lines as “Built by ATI” boards, insuring uncompromised integrity, quality, and performance.   On September 14th, the Radeon X1950 XTX will start shipping with an estimated street price of US$499 The Radeon X1950 family will also be available shortly from leading retailers, e-commerce sites and system integrators.

Along with high frame rates, the Radeon X1950 family delivers uncompromised image quality. Only ATI's graphics processors provide the ability to combine FP16 High Dynamic Range effects with anti-aliasing to render the most realistic game environments possible. Sharp texture filtering capabilities also ensure that every detail in every scene is rendered.  This combination of high performance and image quality results in the most immersive experience available today.

Comprehensive specification and feature description of the VisionTek RADEON®™ X1950XTX 512MB:


·         384 million transistors on 90nm fabrication process

·         48 pixel shader processors

·         8 vertex shader processors

·         256-bit 8-channel GDDR4 memory interface

·         Native PCI Express x16 bus interface

·         Ring Bus Memory Controller

·         512-bit internal ring bus for memory reads

·         Fully associative texture, color, and Z/stencil cache designs

·         Hierarchical Z-buffer with Early Z test

·         Lossless Z Compression (up to 48:1)

·         Fast Z-Buffer Clear

·         Optimized for performance at high display resolutions, including widescreen HDTV resolutions

Ultra-Threaded Shader Engine

·         Support for Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 programmable vertex and pixel shaders in hardware

·         Full speed 128-bit floating point processing for all shader operations

·         512 simultaneous pixel threads

·         Dedicated branch execution units for high performance dynamic branching and flow control

·         Dedicated texture address units for improved efficiency

·         3Dc+ texture compression o High quality 4:1 compression for normal maps and two-channel data formats

·         High quality 2:1 compression for luminance maps and single-channel data formats

·         Complete feature set also supported in OpenGL® 2.0


Advanced Image Quality Features

·         64-bit floating point HDR rendering supported throughout the pipeline

·         Includes support for blending and multi-sample anti-aliasing

·         32-bit integer HDR (10:10:10:2) format supported throughout the pipeline

o        Includes support for blending and multi-sample anti-aliasing

·         2x/4x/6x Anti-Aliasing modes

o        Multi-sample algorithm with gamma correction, programmable sparse sample patterns, and centroid sampling

o        New Adaptive Anti-Aliasing feature with Performance and Quality modes

o        Temporal Anti-Aliasing mode

o        Lossless Color Compression (up to 6:1) at all resolutions, including widescreen HDTV resolutions

·         2x/4x/8x/16x Anisotropic Filtering modes

o        Up to 128-tap texture filtering

o        Adaptive algorithm with Performance and Quality options

·         High resolution texture support (up to 4k x 4k)


Avivo™ Video and Display Platform

·         High performance programmable video processor

o        Accelerated MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, WMV9, VC-1, and H.264 decoding and transcoding

o        DXVA support

o        De-blocking and noise reduction filtering

o        Motion compensation, IDCT, DCT and color space conversion

o        Vector adaptive per-pixel de-interlacing

o        3:2 pulldown (frame rate conversion)

·         Seamless integration of pixel shaders with video in real time

·         HDR tone mapping acceleration

o        Maps any input format to 10 bit per channel output

·         Flexible display support

o        Dual integrated dual-link DVI transmitters

o        DVI 1.0 compliant / HDMI interoperable and HDCP ready*

o        Dual integrated 10 bit per channel 400 MHz DACs

o        16 bit per channel floating point HDR and 10 bit per channel DVI output

o        Programmable piecewise linear gamma correction, color correction, and color space conversion (10 bits per color)

o        Complete, independent color controls and video overlays for each display

o        High quality pre- and post-scaling engines, with underscan support for all outputs

o        Content-adaptive de-flicker filtering for interlaced displays

o        Xilleon™ TV encoder for high quality analog output

o        YPrPb component output for direct drive of HDTV displays

o        Spatial/temporal dithering enables 10-bit color quality on 8-bit and 6-bit displays

o        Fast, glitch-free mode switching

o        VGA mode support on all outputs

o        Drive two displays simultaneously with independent resolutions and refresh rates  

About VisionTek Products, LLC:

VisionTek is a leading supplier of PC enhancement products to retailers and consumers.  Based out of Inverness, IL, VisionTek brings the most innovative and best performing products to the PC enthusiast consumer market and is further committed to exemplary customer service and support for all of our products.   VisionTek’s award winning brand of graphics cards, based on ATI technology, has been a leader for years and continues to set the standard for excellence in the market.  VisionTek products can be found at Best Buy, Circuit City, COMP USA, Fry’s Electronics, Micro Center, Wal-Mart and leading e-commerce sites in North America.  Information about VisionTek products is available at .

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