ATI Technologies Inc., a leader in graphics and media processors, is
revolutionizing gaming with the introduction of CrossFire™, the ultimate gaming
platform. The CrossFire platform has been designed to give gamers the best
performance and more flexibility and game compatibility than any other multiple
graphics processor platform. 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.
When gamers add a CrossFire Edition graphics card, which includes the
CrossFire compositing engine, to their Radeon Xpress powered system they are
doubling their graphics rendering potential. With a variety of settings, they
can use the rendering horsepower to get up to twice the performance of a single
graphics card, or they can choose to put the horsepower to work increasing the
image quality of their games, making them look better than ever before.
"ATI’s CrossFire platform delivers the best gaming experience bar none," said
Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, PC Business Unit, ATI
Technologies. "It is by far the most broadly compatible and flexible multi-GPU
platform and gives users the most options for enhancing performance and visual
quality. We believe this platform sets the stage for outstanding gaming now and
in the future, with systems powered by ATI’s graphics processors and chipsets."
The strength of ATI’s CrossFire platform is its broad game compatibility.
ATI’s unique multiple graphics processor implementation allows CrossFire to
automatically work with every game, new or old, without requiring special game
profiles or driver updates. Whether a customer is playing a game that was
released last night or last year, CrossFire can automatically make the game run
faster and look better.
For gamers purchasing or building a CrossFire system it couldn’t be any
easier. The optimal CrossFire platform includes a motherboard powered by ATI’s
Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire Edition chipsets. These motherboards have the two
dedicated and balanced PCI Express® graphics ports needed to run multiple
graphics cards and are optimized for high-performance gaming.
Radeon Xpress 200 CrossFire ready motherboards from partners such as ASUS,
DFI, ECS, GIGABYTE, MSI, PC Partner, Sapphire and TUL are designed with gamers
in mind. They support both AMD and Intel platforms and have the overclocking and
enthusiast-class features that gamers want such as high-definition audio,
dual-core support as well as Gigabit Ethernet, SATA II with NCQ and RAID over
PCI Express and they offer the broadest compatibility with high-performance
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, Pailt, 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
With its amazing system and graphics performance, the resulting CrossFire
system is a dream machine for gamers. Whether they game professionally or for
fun, they are sure to be the envy of their friends. And with almost 1 million
Radeon X800- and Radeon X850-based graphics cards already sold, many gamers are
already CrossFire ready!
CrossFire ready motherboards and CrossFire Edition graphics cards will begin
shipping in July. For more information on CrossFire please visit www.ati.com.