ATI Video Card

What you see on your computer screen is largely determined by the quality of your video card. A video card is the component in your computer that generates images and sends them to the monitor. Early computers had the video controller integrated into the motherboard but this limited the image capability of the computer system. Separate video cards have expanded the possibilities and range of imaging technology.

A video card basically translates the binary data from the computer processor into pictures that appear on the monitor. While this may sound easy, it’s actually quite a complex process. The video card has to create a line image first and then fill in the rest of the millions of pixels. The card will then add color, texture and lighting to the resulting image before sending this information to your monitor. This process takes place up to once every second during graphic intensive applications like games.

Currently, there are two main manufacturers of video cards – ATI and Nvidia. Between these two companies, they carry 90% of the video card market. As you can imagine, there is quite the competition between the two makers. Although the end result does the same thing for the end user, each company is constantly trying to improve their product to gain an edge in this industry.

ATI is a division of American Micro Devices (AMD) which has been creating innovative technologies in personal computing since 1969. The company began with the production and development of logic chips and RAM chips. Through the years, they branched into other areas and merged with ATI Technologies in 2006.

ATI had been producing integrated graphics cards for computer manufacturers when they branched into stand alone video card creation in the late 80s. The have developed many new technologies through the years including the first chip to enable display of computer graphics over a television set.

The ATI video card lineup was long thought of as the lower end product while the Nvidia brand was considered the higher end video cards. That changed drastically in the past year as ATI released three new products that offered high end performance at mainstream prices. This cut into Nvidia’s market share enough that it pretty much forced the company to reduce their prices in order to retain their customer base.

The release of the ATI Radeon HD 4670 took the high performance associated with gaming video cards and combined it with the reasonable pricing that typical mainstream video cards go for. This latest card introduced CrossfireX, a new multiple graphics card solution from ATI. This technological advance has been a boon to gamers and other graphic intensive applications due to the ability to use up to four cards together.

ATI now releases a new driver monthly for their video cards. This keeps ATI video cards working smoother than the competition as problems are fixed at a faster rate and abilities are updated more frequently.

Another new feature for the ATI video cards is that the HD 4670 only requires a single slot cooling solution so it uses less power than competing video cards. Not only does it only consume a maximum of 59 watts of power, the HD 4670 is quite a bit smaller than its competitors. At only 6 inches long, the newest ATI video card can be utilized in smaller cases which is a good point with the trend towards space saving systems.

A high quality video card isn’t just for gaming enthusiasts any more. With today’s graphic intensive applications, a good video card is almost a necessity. ATI video cards come in a range of price points and capabilities to handle whatever computing needs you may have. The HD 4670 retails for under a hundred dollars but delivers stunning graphic capabilities while utilizing space and energy saving features.

Do you have an outdated system and are thinking about updating it with a new ATI video card that has the latest chipsets? The chipsets in any ATI video card are known as GPU’s (Graphics Processing Units). These chipsets are the real brains on the video card. ATI video cards are sold under the brand names of Radeon, All-in-Wonder and Crossfire and ATI is one of two major companies that produce the chipsets found on graphics cards today. If you want a performance upgrade on your desktop, you should consider purchasing an ATI video card if your PC already has an on-board graphics process. The on-board graphics processor is a small chip on your motherboard. It is probably outdated if you haven’t kept up with the latest graphics cards.

The ATI video card named Crossfire’s R520 GPU is manufactured by ATI and is a dual video card instead of one. It has been dubbed the X 1000 series. High end gamers and enthusiasts love the card for the performance they get from it. This ATI video card works on all games. Games played using the card will look really crisp and clear rather than blocky or pixilated as they can sometimes look on other video cards. The technology on the Crossfire video card will enable you to pair up two video cards if they are in the same series. When you have two GPU’s connected, your systems graphics handling capabilities will be radically improved. You will have fast processing ability which means better and faster graphics performance and much more entertaining for avid gamers.

If you want to also enjoy watching TV on your computer as well as gaming, check out the ATI video card called the All-In-Wonder X600 Pro. The graphics processor clocks at 400 MHz and has 256MB of DDR memory. You will all the memory you need for playing the latest game or running the latest video applications.

What is great about the All-In-Wonder X600 Pro ATI video card is that it comes with Pinnacle Studio and Meditator 7.0. Included in the bundle is TV recording software so you can watch TV on your computer. You will have to pay more for the TV recording feature but it will well worth the price if this feature is one you really want to have. It does not have high end graphics performance as the Crossfire ATI video card, but it is pretty decent for average 3D gaming. If you are into high end gaming though, the All-In-Wonder X600 Pro ATI video card is not the right one for you. You would be better off with the Crossfire dual graphics card.

If you want the ultimate in visual features and outstanding 3D performance, check out the ATI RADEON 256MB AGP Video Card, Model: X1300 PRO. This ATI video card radically enhances your computers entertainment quality. The high end performance card is designed to give you the very best graphics and images in the entire industry. This one is a must have for gamers. It provides the maximum graphics resolution of 2560 x 1600. You can also use this graphics card on you TV via the TV out port and enjoy TV viewing at its absolute best.

There are two different kinds of connectors that are used for different cards. Before you buy your new ATI video card, make sure you have the right connectors for it on your computer. If you are not sure which ones you have, you can ask the sales person at your local computer store how to determine that. ATI video cards are also sold online.

This ATI Video Card Review is Written/Updated on Oct 5th, 2009 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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