ATI to Return SURROUNDVIEW?

Another RADEON 9100 IGP Platform Emerges

by Anton Shilov
01/29/2004 | 10:09 AM

Yet another company announced its RADEON 9100 IGP mainboard this week – Microstar International. The company positions its MSI RS3M as a solution for home and office use and surprisingly declares availability of SURROUNDVIEW technology, a feature that ATI disabled a while ago because of driver absence.

 

Just like the majority of other RADEON 9100 IGP-based mainboards, MSI’s RS3M is a microATX offering with rather conservative set of capabilities to provide basic functionality for cost-effective PCs.

MSI’s RS3M set of features looks as follows:

Microstar International rather unexpectedly advertises SURROUNDVIEW technology – a feature that allows ATI RADEON 9100 IGP-based system to work with up to three displays when an additional AGP graphics card is installed and integrated core is functional. Currently ATI does not provide any drivers for this capability and presently available mainboards do not sport SURROUNDVIEW. However, since MSI discusses the technology now, it may mean that ATI may finally release the driver that would allow using three displays using cost-effective hardware.

Pricing and availability details about RS3M were not announced.