ASUS and MSI to produce graphics cards on XGI Volari?
We´ve already mentioned that graphics cards on XGI Technology´s Volari GPUs will be produced by at least 3 companies: CP Technology, Gigabyte and Club-3D. This is already significant considering these GPUs are little known and the maker was established just four months ago (I guess there´s no sense in looking for succession between Volari and SiS developments, as these GPUs – at least family´s top-end – are bound to be developed from nothing).
This makes the yesterday´s report by Taiwanese The Digitimes even more interesting. They stated that cards on XGI Volari GPUs might also be produced by Asustek and MSI. The release dates of the first solutions remained the same – late November/early December. This makes this message from The Digitimes (that mistakes very rarely, by the way) even more important and directly points to the fact that Volari are not a BitBoys-like marketing idea, but a serious business initiative.
Still there´s no exact release dates for Volari-based solutions from ASUS and MSI. XGI confirms the partnership with CP Technology and Gigabyte, however refrains from commenting relations with Asustek and MSI. They say the first Volari volume quantities will be shipped in October – early November.
Just to remind: XGI Volari desktop and mobile GPU family includes:
- Volari Duo V8 Ultra and Volari Duo V5 Ultra — dual-GPU solutions for high-performance systems
- Volari V8 Ultra and Volari V8 — high-end
- Volari V5 Ultra and Volari V5 — mainstream
- Volari V3 — entry-level
- Volari XP5m32 — light notebooks
- Volari XP5m64 — performance notebooks
- Volari XP5 — for other mobile segments
The new GPUs are compatible with DirectX9 and OpenGL 1.4 APIs; the top-end also support DDR DRAM and DDR2 DRAM. Volari V8 GPU clock speed is 350MHz, DDR-II clock is 500MHz (1GHz DDR). Volari family will be made using 0.13µm process. Ready cards will be priced similar to solutions from NVIDIA and ATI – from $99 to $499.
Source: The DigiTimes
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