Albatron and Chaintech

We were able to stop by Albatron's suite in Hall 4 for a while this year and go over everything from graphics and displays to motherboards and Small Form Factors. Of course, this is the graphics coverage, so we'll limit ourselves this round.

Albatron has a nice looking line of NVIDIA based cards coming out covering the gambit. Unfortunately, the press CD with pictures ended up getting lost in transit somewhere, and we can't bring you shots of their near term product.

The good news is that we were able to take home one of our first GeForce 6800 Ultra retail boxes from Albatron. After a bit of rest this weekend, we hope to begin work on this review (among others). Even though the first bits of product to trickle out the door will be reference, we are more than happy to have final shipping revisions of these cards in our hands.

As for Chaintech, we were able to get some pics of their upcoming NVIDIA based PCI Express graphics cards.

Chaintech is also one of the very few vendors who we noticed with graphics products from either S3 or XGI.

We were able to meet briefly with XGI, and while nothing new is coming up in the short term, they are at work on future graphics products. For now, they are focusing on their current line of products. They will (like NVIDIA) be using a bridge to run their current chips on a PCI Express system.

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  • EddNog - Sunday, June 6, 2004 - link

    Okay, who FUBAR the photos?!?

    J/k ;-)

  • Illissius - Sunday, June 6, 2004 - link

    Damnit, I wanted to see MSI's 6800s :/.
    Oh well. Can you just say whether they had any nBox-esque coolers on them? Best coolers evar (possibly) excluding the Silencer and Zalman's stuff.
  • jiulemoigt - Sunday, June 6, 2004 - link

    I had to laugh what happened to ATI's responce that shader 3.0 weren't useful and not going to be implmented? it just goes to show that it's more about PR that about what is useful, this is the second time in as many months ATI is having to pull the foot out of their mouth... when's nvidia going to get caught? or has it finnaly come down neither company should be throwing stone in the first place as they both live in glass houses... for the record I like nvidia's cards but hate both PR deptments!
  • kristof007 - Sunday, June 6, 2004 - link

    Wow I can only imagine what kind of overclocking will be avalible with coolers like PowerColors fan (at least I think it was PowerColor). This should be very exciting summer.
  • orion23 - Saturday, June 5, 2004 - link

    Hi, did anybody notice a picture of an ASUS ATI X800 PCI EXPRESS video card with support for Shaders 3.0?
    Also, how many different X800's are out there, 2 or 3?
    X800 450MHZ
    X800 XT 500MHZ
    X800 XT PE 520MHZ
  • orion23 - Saturday, June 5, 2004 - link

  • NeedSpeed - Saturday, June 5, 2004 - link

    Alienware has been shipping 6800 Ultra's from at least May 14th when I got mine. They announced the card a month earlier.

    Its not cheap, but it is very fast. The drivers are still not perfect.
  • DerekWilson - Saturday, June 5, 2004 - link


    HIS is working on a dual DVI solution, but they aren't sure about the market yet. I essentially told them "if you build it they will come" ...

    they did have a sample dual dvi board (I believe an x600 though I could very easily be mistaken), but the very important fact slipped my mind since I didn't have pics of it...

    Sapphire also mentioned working on dual DVI solutions for the future (of course, they've told us this in the past as well).

    I'll add an update to the article.
  • Lonyo - Saturday, June 5, 2004 - link

    I take it you missed the captions on Asus' booth saying both the 5900 and X800XT are the fastest PCI-Express cards? ;)
  • RyanVM - Saturday, June 5, 2004 - link

    #5, my thoughts exactly. Not one single manufacturer felt the need to stray from the ATI reference design far enough to go dual DVI? Pathetic.

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