Albatron's 8600GTS, 8600GT, 8500GT VGAs go mainstream with DirectX®
Albatron Technology has just announced one of the most exciting news items
for VGA cards since the first enthusiast DirectX 10 VGA cards hit the market in
late 2006. The 8600GTS, 8600GT and 8500GT VGA cards are targeting the largest
segment in the VGA/gaming market - mainstream users who have waited a long
winter to get their hands on an affordable DirectX 10 Graphics Card.
There is no question that the graphics world is going the way of DirectX 10,
evidenced by the scores of exciting DirectX 10 3D games that are spilling into
the market. Although most of these games are backward compatible with DirectX 9,
they require a DirectX 10 graphics card in order to access the full performance
benefits and graphical effects. VGA cards that contain NVIDIA ® GPUs with
DirectX 10 capability now span all user segments and are currently the only
DirectX 10 solutions in the market. Note that these 3 VGA cards are also
optimized and compatible with DirectX 9 games.
Video playback - PureVideoTM HD technology delivers 6 times the
detail of standard DVDs
With the imminent arrival of High Definition video media, graphics technology
has been furiously gearing up for the daunting task of processing complex, very
dense HD information. These VGA cards boast the ability to offload 100% of
Blu-Ray and HD-DVD playback, leaving your CPU to perform other tasks, not to
mention reducing CPU power consumption and heat. PureVideo HD technology is at
the core of video playback and delivers outstanding clarity, ultra smooth video
and precise image scaling for all movies and videos. It offers H.264, VC-1, WMV
and MPEG 2 decoding that delivers quality that can be as much as 6 times the
detail of standard DVD movies.
Windows Vista is built for 3D imagery and takes advantage of an advanced
graphics subsystem, using the GPU to improve 3D performance and response times
on your windows desktop. A powerful discrete graphics card also helps to offload
the CPU improving multi-tasking efficiency and increasing productivity. All
three of these DirectX 10 VGA cards are certified for Windows Vista Premium.
With the 8600GTS, 8600GT and 8500GT, Albatron provides 3 flavors of
mainstream DirectX 10 VGA cards; high, mid and low respectively. In addition,
the 8600GTS and 8600GT come with Dual DVI connectors. The 8500GT comes with one
DVI and one D-Sub connector. All three cards provide TV-Out and can provide
These 3 new cards provide a DirectX 10 alternative for current DirectX 9 VGA
cards; the 8600GTS for the 79000GS, the 8600GT for the 7600GT, the 8500GT for
the 7300GT or 7600GS. However, in matching ability and cost, there will be a
very significant performance/price gain for all consumers going with DirectX 10.
This is where the excitement is building for the mainstream market segment.
All of these cards will feature NVIDIA's full suite of graphics applications
including CineFXTM 4.0, OpenGL 2.0 support, IntellisampleTM 4.0 Technology,
UltraShadow TM II technology, PureVideoTM Technology, LumenexTM Engine and
Quantum EffectsTM Technology. And of course, they all support DirectX 10 and
Shader Model 4.0.
DirectX 10 Revolution
The 8600GTS, 8600GT, 8500GT are the final pieces to a revolution that is
imminent and certain. These cards will make DirectX 10 available to all user
segments of the market and become the major force behind the latest games and
video playback technology.