ASUS and Gainward

ASUS had a very clean layout for their upcoming line of products, showing off their high end and mid-range products from both ATI and NVIDIA in both AGP and PCI Express flavors.

Seeing all these cards next to each other stirred a renewed sense of excitement over the ongoing battle in us. This will be a very exciting couple of quarters with the gap between ATI and NVIDIA much closer than in previous years, and even more questions of who does what the right way.

As for Gainward, their new copper cooler 6800 was on display...

...along with their previous generation SilentFX and CoolFX products. There were plenty of massive red heatsinks to go around at this booth.

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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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