FIC announces PCI Express graphics cards

First International Computers (FIC) has announced it will introduce two PCI Express enabled graphics cards in to the region.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  June 20, 2004

First International Computers (FIC) has announced plans to introduce two PCI Express enabled graphics cards in to the region. The firm’s new high-end AX800 XT and AEX600 XT gaming cards are powered by what FIC claims are the world’s first native 16-lane PCI Express graphics chips from ATI. These releases are some of the first PCI Express cards to be announced in this region and will allow users to benefit from high-speed dual direction data transfer between the visual processing unit (VPU) and a computer’s CPU, a process enabled by the new PCI Express technology standard. The AX800 XT and AEX600 XT are based on ATI’s recently launched Radeon X800 and Radeon X600 graphics chips. The AEX600 XT is designed to appeal to serious yet budget conscious gamers by offering a balance between value and performance, while the FIC AX800 XT is faster still and is being offered to enable high-definition gaming and the highest levels of performance. "FIC is continuously committed to incorporating the latest technology and is pleased to announce the introduction of the AX800 and AEX600 PCI Express graphic solutions powered by ATI technology," said Hassan Al Ashi, managing director, First International Computer, Middle East. "Both video cards are built with an advance 3D architecture, high bandwidth capabilities, DirectX9.0 programmability and efficient pixel pipelines, enabling customers to experience extreme performance, high resolution imaging and detailed visual effects." FIC’s AX800 XT and AEX600 XT cards will arrive in the region direct from its base in Taiwan, though no pricing information is available at present. The two new cards will be traded under FIC’s brand name, as well as being made available to system builders looking for high-end visual processors to include in performance gaming PCs. The AX800 XT and AEX600 XT are being touted by FIC as "perfect companion products" for its new Intel 915-based motherboards, which offer what the firm describes as "a true PCI-Express architecture solution and the fastest rendering pipelines." PCI Express is a new data bus standard and architecture that offers faster data transfer rates than those currently offered by AGPx8. PCI Express versions of many manufacturers’ graphics cards and motherboards are expected to begin entering the market soon. When Windows Middle East talked to XFX staff at Taiwan’s recent Computex IT show, they predicted that PCI Express motherboards and graphics cards will begin entering the market in serious numbers between July and September of this year.

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