- Featuring CHARISMA ENGINE™ for cutting-edge character animation features
- PIXEL TAPESTRY™ supports advanced multi-texturing and new 3D effects with eye-popping photo-realistic impact and smooth frame rates
- Dual independent display support
- DVI-ready for the digital flat panel revolution
- Supports up to 230MHz DDR memory
- HYPER Z™ technology to boost effective memory bandwidth by more than 20% (8.8 GB/sec)
- Features CHARISMA ENGINE™, a geometry processing unit
- First to incorporate acceleration for advanced character animation features
- Includes 4-matrix skinning and keyframe interpolation
- Enables game characters to display life-like facial expressions and to achieve fluid movement and motion
PIXEL TAPESTRY™ architecture
- Fast 32-bit color rendering engine
- Supports three-way multi-texturing and 3D effects without compromising speed
- Process up to 3 textures per pixel in a single clock cycle, bringing 3D worlds to life with incredible detail and realism
- Deal easily with complex elements such as metals, liquids and wood and their interactions with lights and shadows
Flexible, high performance memory support
- Incorporates support for double data rate SDRAM/SGRAM at up to 230MHz
- Features HYPER Z™ technology to boost effective memory bandwidth by over 20% (8.8 GB/sec)
Dual monitor support
- Leading-edge technology supports multiple combinations of traditional CRT monitors, flat panel displays and TV
- Dual DAC (digital-to-analog converter) at 350MHz for cost-effective dual independent display support at maximum resolutions
- Integrated TMDS transmitter with ratiometric expander for digital flat panel monitor resolutions of up to 1600x1200
- Industry-leading digital video features, including advanced de-interlacing algorithms for unprecedented video quality
- Adaptive de-interlacing optimally selects between the bob or weave technique on a per pixel basis, eliminating twitter and feathering artifacts, resulting in high quality de-interlacing of both still and motion video
You can see from the specs that this card is full-featured with things like a DVI connector, multiple monitor support, and 64MB of DDR memory. The Radeon 7500 also retails for $199.99 but you can find it online for somewhere in the low $100's.
One of the best parts that I liked was the support for multiple monitors and a DVI connector. The DVI connector is something you usually see on higher end cards. I personally am all for the move to LCD's and a digital connection over analog so I was very happy to see this a not-so-expensive card.
Also the dual monitor works VERY well and has very powerful software support. I'll go over more about this in the software section of the review.
Here's 2 shots of dual monitor capabilities in action:
The monitors are mirrored
The monitors are extended showing one LONG excel worksheet
In the features list you saw something called video immersion. As it states there, it's a technology that allows for adaptive de-interlacing for best quality motion video and text. Because of this, the DVD quality is superb and very impressive.
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