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HIS's budget dual-link DVI card

HIS PCIe/AGP hybrid concept

The AGP bridge chip

Dual dual-link DVI and HDMI
x1 PCIe, HDMI and AGP/PCIe hybrids

Hightech Information Systems, also known as HIS, had a couple of interesting new products at its Computex suite this year. The first of three new products is a new graphics card based on the ATI X1300 Pro GPU. It features 512MB of HyperMemory which in reality is only 256MB of physical memory -- the other 256MB are utilized from the system memory. While the specifications of the X1300 Pro card are nothing special, it sports a PCI Express x1 interface with one dual-link DVI connector. If priced similarly to other X1300 Pro based cards, expect the dual-link DVI equipped X1300 Pro to cost south of $100. Board manufacturers only offered X1600 based cards as the lowest model with dual-link DVI, with the HIS X1300 Pro HIS may have a product for an untapped market for users that want a 30” display but don't care about 3D performance.

Users that want an AGP graphics upgrade but fear incompatibility when building a new PCI Express based system may be interested in another new HIS product. The new HIS X1600 Pro Dual DVI Dual Interface card offers compatibility with PCI Express and AGP equipped systems. The ATI Rialto bridge chip provides AGP compatibility while a couple of internal switches allow the switching between PCI Express and AGP interfaces. Samples shown at the show required a few jumpers changed to switch between PCI Express and AGP but HIS stated shipping models will have an auto switching system. Aside from the dual interfaces the X1600 Pro based card has the usual 500MHz core clock and 800MHz DDR2 memory with a 128-bit interface. CrossFire compatibility is retained in PCI Express mode while a single dual-link DVI port is added into the mix.

Home theater PC aficionados will be interested in the last of three new HIS products. Packing support for dual dual-link DVI, HDMI, component video, S-Video, and composite video outputs the X1600 based card has the output capabilities of a perfect HTPC graphics card. The low profile form factor makes it ideal for low profile HTPC cases. Because of the low profile size and video outputs it occupies two expansion slots. There is one minor detail with the video output capabilities though -- users have to pick between having dual DVI outputs or one DVI and one HDMI since the rightmost DVI and HDMI output are shared.

HIS employees stated the card will be HDCP compliant and have audio output capabilities. The card will have a S/PDIF audio pass-through for those that prefer to use an external sound card. It is unknown which audio codec will be used, though it wouldn’t be surprising to see the same Sigmatel audio codec used in the Sony VAIO XL2 Media Center. Typical X1600 features such as AVIVO with H.264 hardware acceleration is supported. 

Pricing and availability information is unknown at the time.

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First PCIe1x card ?.. NOT !
By LoogieXX on 6/8/2006 5:22:45 AM , Rating: 3
Matrox has had one on the market for at least 6 months

By Lonearchon on 6/8/2006 7:24:52 AM , Rating: 2
I have also seen an Nivida Quadro with an 1x interface it was on newegg a while a good priced at around 500 i haven't seen it there recently

RE: First PCIe1x card ?.. NOT !
By mlittl3 on 6/8/2006 1:30:28 PM , Rating: 2
I just sent the following email to Anh. I hope he reads it and changes the story. Kind of presumptious to assume that the first PCIe 1x card he sees must be the first.

Hi Anh,

It would be nice if you would change your caption under the first photo in this article. Currently it reads "The world's first x1 PCIe video card". We need to give credit where credit is due. Matrox came up with a 1x PCIe video card quite some time ago.

Just because you don't know about a product doesn't mean it doesn't exist and it is very important to not misinform readers. Here is a link to story about the card posted on 7/14/05.

I hope that clears things up.

Mark Little

RE: First PCIe1x card ?.. NOT !
By Anh Huynh on 6/8/2006 2:38:35 PM , Rating: 3
I just noticed the image captions, thanks.

It is a budget priced dual-link DVI capable graphics card though

RE: First PCIe1x card ?.. NOT !
By mlittl3 on 6/8/2006 4:14:10 PM , Rating: 2
Thanks, Anh. You are the greatest!

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