Originally Published: Monday, 15 November 1999 Author: Kristopher Kersey
Published to: enhance_articles_hardware/Hardware News Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

ABIT Announces Siluro Graphics Cards and New Motherboards at Comdex '99

"ABIT Computer Corporation announced today a new family of graphics cards and new motherboard models. Indicating a new direction for ABIT, the company announced they will introduce their Siluro family of graphics cards based on nVidia's TNT/2 and GeForce256 graphics chips.
ABIT will also be announcing their long awaited Camino (Intel 820 chipset) boards at Comdex. "These have been a long time in coming, but I think it will be worth the wait, the Intel 820 chipset is just fantastic," assured ABIT's PR Manager Jeremy Smith. For the upcoming Intel 820 chipset, ABIT will introduce the CH6, and CX6.
This is a good move for Abit for two reasons. First, it's nice to see another player in the graphics card market since companies such as Diamond Multimedia and STB have been bought out and companies like Hercules (nearly) went under. Second, I'm glad to see that the Intel 820 boards are on the way. Intel has been riding on the BX chipset now since it was announced way back in April of 1998.

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Press Release

ABIT Announces Siluro Graphics Cards and New Motherboards at Comdex '99

Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. November 5th, 1999-ABIT Computer Corporation announced today a new family of graphics cards and new motherboard models. Indicating a new direction for ABIT, the company announced they will introduce their Siluro family of graphics cards based on nVidia's TNT/2 and GeForce256 graphics chips. The first models will be the Siluro GT2 Ultra, Siluro GT2V, and Siluro GT2 based on nVIDIA's RIVA TNT2 3D graphics processor, and the Siluro GF256 based on nVIDIA's GeForce256 graphics processor. The ABIT Siluro GT2 is a high-performance 3D/2D graphics and DVD accelerator card, integrating up to 32 MB of ultra high speed memory and a 300 MHz DAC. ABIT will also offer its Siluro GT2 Ultra, a maxed-out version of the Siluro GT2 based on the RIVA TNT2 Ultra chip, the highest-end version of the RIVA TNT2, says nVIDIA. ABIT is also announcing plans for production of the Siluro GF256 which will be based on nVIDIA's new Geforce256 graphics processor. "This definitely represents a new area for us to expand in and we are excited about bringing the ABIT name to a quality set of cards based on proven nVIDIA technology," said PR Manager Jeremy Smith. Although, he said the Siluro GF256 will not be ready until later in the first quarter of 2000. The Siluro GT2 meets all the requirements of the mainstream PC graphics market and Microsoft's PC'98, PC'99, and DirectX 6.0 initiatives as well as Pentium III and K6-2/K6-3 3Dnow! optimizations. In addition to DirectX support, the Siluro GT2 provides a complete high-performance professional-grade OpenGL ICD. ABIT also enhances the features set of the Siluro? GT2 with their ABIT MaxGraph Software Utility as well as proactive hardware monitoring using special cooling to ensure card stability when there are high temperatures. With the Siluro GT2 using the MaxGraph Utility, users can fine tune the Siluro GT2 to maximize values for variation of resolutions, and color depths depending on the application, for greatest performance enhancement and flexibility.

Mainboards ABIT will also be announcing their long awaited Camino (Intel 820 chipset) boards at Comdex. "These have been a long time in coming, but I think it will be worth the wait, the Intel 820 chipset is just fantastic," assured ABIT's PR Manager Jeremy Smith. For the upcoming Intel 820 chipset, ABIT will introduce the CH6, and CX6. "We realize there will be different needs for 820 based products because of the RAM issue, so we are offering 2 solutions, one with 2 RIMMs the CX6, and one with 3 DIMMs the CH6," explains ABIT's Smith. Based on a completely new chipset architecture, the CH6 and CX6 are AGP based ATX mainboards supporting Ultra DMA 66, Direct RDRAM or DIMM with CPU Soft Menu II technology and represent some of ABIT's premier board technology based on the Intel 820 chipset, supporting Intel Pentium III/II CPUs. The Intel 820 chipset supports Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface (ACPI) and AGP 1X/2X/4X (Sideband) 1.5V/3.3V devices and support 100/133MHz Front SideBus settings. Featuring the latest in memory technology, the CX6 supports 2 184-pin RIMM sockets for Direct Rambus Memory modules for up to 1GB MAX. (64, 128, 256MB) with 600, 700, 800MHz Direct Rambus Channels supporting ECC. The CH6 has 3 168-pin DIMM sockets supporting SDRAM modules for up to 1GB MAX. (64, 128, 256MB). There is also an AC'97 Digital Audio controller with integrated AC'97 Audio CODEC on the boards with an included audio driver. With ABIT's Soft Menu II the CX6 eliminates the need for jumpers or DIP switches to set CPU parameters. The BIOS also has the Award Plug and Play BIOS supporting APM and ACPI and features the Write-Protect Anti-Virus function by AWARD BIOS. With the CX6 and CH6 you get Multi I/O Functions with 2x Channels of Bus Master IDE Ports supporting up to four Ultra DMA 66 devices. As well as support for STR (Suspend to DRAM). They each have 1 Universal AGP slot, 5 PCI slots and 1AMR slot with Hardware Monitoring of fan speeds, voltages, system environment temperature and one thermal header for a CPU or other temperature monitoring. Shoring up the value end of the market, ABIT will be unveiling their Intel 810e solution, the WB6, which will be in the Micro ATX Form Factor with Slot 1 supporting 133MHz FSB with 2 DIMM sockets, AC 97/ Soft Audio, A3D Aureal 8810 (optional), Ultra DMA 66, 3 PCI/ 1 AMR, and V-Bus Expansion Slot for TV Out. It has it's chipset integrated with an AGP 2X 3D graphics accelerator, 133MHz Dynamic Display Memory Interface and 4MB of on board SDRAM Graphics Memory.

About ABIT ABIT Computer Corporation designs, and sells a complete family of award-winning mainboards and video cards that support industry-leading technology and provide leading quality and performance for system integration of computer components supporting a broad range of PC applications, such as e-commerce, e-business, entertainment and education. Corporate headquarters are located in Taiwan. For more information visit the Company's web site at http://www.abit.com.tw Note: All brand names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Specifications and information contained in this press release are subject to change without notice.





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