ATI has introduced a new graphics platform called CrossFire. The new platform has been designed to give gamers the best performance and more flexibility. It combines the power of ATI's Radeon Xpress chipsets for Intel and AMD processors, a standard Radeon graphics processor and a Radeon CrossFire Edition graphics card to bring massive performance and image quality to gamers.
ATI is promising that the new cards will double a graphics card rendering potential. The company has also already signed up ASUS, DFI, ECS, GIGABYTE, MSI, PC Partner, Sapphire and TUL with Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire ready motherboards.
Customers will have plenty of options and flexibility in choosing graphics cards for their CrossFire systems. The Radeon X850 CrossFire Edition cards, with 256MB of graphics memory can be paired with any standard Radeon X850 based graphics card. The Radeon X800 CrossFire Edition graphics cards, which come with either 128 MB or 256 MB of graphics memory, can be paired with any Radeon X800 series graphics card. The standard Radeon X800 and Radeon X850 cards can be purchased new or can be ones the customer already has.
The standard and CrossFire Edition cards will be available from ATI and ATI graphics partners including ABIT, ASUS, Connect3D, Diamond, GeCube, GIGABYTE, HIS, MSI, Palit, Sapphire, TUL or VisionTek.
System builders such as ABS, Alienware, Cyberpower, Falcon Northwest, Hypersonic, Ibuypower, Monarch PC, PC Club, Polywell, Velocity Micro, VoodooPC, and ZT Group will also carry CrossFire systems for gamers wanting pre-built systems.
CrossFire ready motherboards and CrossFire Edition graphics cards will begin shipping in July.