Volari Duo V8 Ultra 256MB DDR2 for less than $200, Volari V8 Ultra for less than $100
It seems that despite not so bright performance results, Chinese makers are going to launch volume shipments of XGI Volari products. I don´t think Chinese companies are short-sighted to invest into unpromising solutions. Most likely, they count on debugged drivers that might be released by the moment the new cards are in retail. Besides, such mainstream solutions will cost considerably less.
So, on February 28 Chinese Lian Guan (Crown Electronic Technology), which facilities are mainly located in Shenzhen, Guangdong, is going to ship two new solutions:
- Crown X Tornado Volari V8 Ultra 128MB DDR (MBGA chips) — 799 yuan ($97)
- Crown X Tornado Volari V8 64MB DDR (TSOP chips) — 666 yuan ($80)
These should be followed in the near future by the following:
- Crown X Tornado Volari Duo V8 Ultra 256MB DDR2 (MBGA chips) — 1599 yuan ($193)
- Crown X Tornado Volari V8 128MB DDR (TSOP chips) — 733 yuan ($89)
- Crown X Tornado Volari V3 Ultra 128MB DDR (TSOP chips) — 399 yuan ($48)
You have to admit that these $193 set by Chinese company for Volari Duo V8 Ultra 256MB DDR2 are very different from the current sky-high price tags (set by Club3D). And the prices of single-GPU DX9 Volari V8 Ultra 128MB DDR and Volari V8 64MB DDR cards are even more bright. Well, considering that when XGI promised to take over up to 5-10% of the graphics market, it didn´t mention the high-end segment. So why not launch the mainstream at full.
Besides, $48 for a DX8.1 card with 128MB DDR is not bad as well though it´s still a rebranded XP4...
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