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ATI Technologies, the world’s largest supplier of visual processing units, said Wednesday its RADEON X800 XL and RADEON X800 graphics processors would allow its add-in-card partners to sell their appropriate graphics cards for about $50 lower price-point than expected. The announcement may release price-war between ATI and arch-rival NVIDIA Corp..

“Now that we are in full production of our new RADEON X800 products we have had an opportunity to revisit our pricing. Based on several factors we are able to lower our pricing on these new products from what we originally announced. The new, final pricing has been established as follows: RADEON X800 XL (available from ATI’s partners), ATI’s SRP will be $299, RADEON X800 (available from ATI’s partners), SRP to be determined by each partner individually, however, we anticipate it to be priced around $199,” an ATI’s spokeswoman said.

The RADEON X800 XL and X800 visual processing units designed for systems with PCI Express interconnection, also referred as R430, are manufactured using TSMC’s 0.11 micron process technology, builds in 12-16 pixel pipelines along with 6 vertex processors, consists of about 160 million of transistors. The chip naturally sports all of ATI’s this year’s graphics innovations, such as 3Dc, Shader Model 2.0b, HyperZ HD, etc..

ATI Technologies' High-End, Performance-Mainstream, Mainstream VPUs Comparison

 

RADEON X850 PRO

RADEON X800 PRO*

RADEON X800 XL

RADEON X800

RADEON X800 SE*

RADEON X700 XT*

RADEON X700 PRO

RADEON X700

VPU Code-name

R480

R420; R423

R430

R430

R420; R423

RV410

RV410

RV410

VPU Frequency

520MHz

475MHz

400MHz

400MHz~390MHz

425MHz

475MHz

425MHz

400MHz

Pixel Pipelines

12

12

16

12

8

8

8

8

Vertex Pipelines

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

Memory Type

GDDR3

GDDR3

GDDR3

DDR

DDR

GDDR3

GDDR3

DDR

Memory Size

256MB

256MB

256MB

128MB

256MB

128/256MB

128/256MB

128MB

Memory Frequency

1080MHz

900MHz

980MHz

700MHz

800MHz

1050MHz

864MHz

700MHz

Memory Bus

256-bit

256-bit

256-bit

256-bit

256-bit

128-bit

128-bit

128-bit

Interconnection

PCI Express

PCI Express; AGP

PCI Express

PCI Express

PCI Express; AGP

PCI Express

PCI Express

PCI Express

MSRP

$399

~399$

$299

$199

~$249

$199~$249

<$199

$149

ATI originally targeted RADEON X800 XL to compete with NVIDIA’s GeForce 6800 GT ($399), while the RADEON X800 set to compete with the GeForce 6800 ($299) and GeForce 6600 GT ($199) graphics cards. With a bit lower prices, ATI’s products may have a price-related advantage over NVIDIA’s offerings. Earlier this month a rumour emerged that ATI planned to can the RADEON X700 XT in favour of the RADEON X800.

NVIDIA could not comment, whether the company answers ATI with price-slash, but usually each leading graphics company follows its rival with price reduction and promotional ad campaigns.

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