GECUBE announces first AGP X1000-series cards

Written by Tim Smalley

December 20, 2005 | 15:41

Tags: #agp #avivo #pro #radeon #ring-bus #x1000 #x1300 #x1600

Companies: #ati #gecube

Taiwan graphics card maker GECUBE has just announced the world's first AGP-based ATI Radeon X1000-series video cards.

Rumours surrounding an AGP-based Radeon X1000-series video card have become increasingly real over the last few weeks. Most enthusiasts were hoping for an AGP-based Radeon X1800-series card, like the Radeon X1800XT or Radeon X1800XL. Unfortunately for now, GECUBE has only announced the Radeon X1300 and Radeon X1600Pro video cards.

Both cards will use 256MB of GDDR2 memory and have a 128-bit external memory interface. The Radeon X1600Pro will also have a 256-bit internal ring bus, much like the 512-bit ring bus memory controller on the Radeon X1800-series.

GECUBE's Radeon X1600Pro features twelve pixel pipelines, five vertex shaders, four texture address units, four pixel output engines and comes clocked at 500/800MHz. Their X1300 implementation will come clocked at 450/500MHz.

Radeon X1300 - based on RV515 - features four pixel pipelines, two vertex shaders, four texture address units and four pixel output engines. Unlike the RV530-based Radeon X1600-series, the RV515 doesn't feature ATI's internal ring bus memory controller. Both cards have full support for ATI's Avivo Technology, but Radeon X1300 will only be able to handle 480p and 576p H.264 content, while Radeon X1600Pro will be able to handle H.264 video streams at 720p without a problem.

We are told that the cards will be shipping sometime in January, with the Radeon X1300 costing just over £80 inc VAT, while the Radeon X1600Pro is expected to cost under £120 inc VAT.

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