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XGI Volari - Newest GPU on the Block

XGI Volari - Newest GPU on the Block - PCSTATS
Abstract: When XGI Technology announced the Volari line of graphics processors for the desktop and mobile market on September 15th, the collective response from the PC community was..."Wha...?"
Filed under: Video Cards Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: XGI Oct 23 2003   M. Dowler  
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The Volari product line

XGI Technology's new product line consists of three discrete GPUs available in one of seven combinations.The three new GPUs are the Volari V8, the Volari V5 (both of which are also available in a higher-clocked 'ultra' version) and the Volari V3 entry-level desktop GPU.

In terms of product, XGI's flagship offering is the Volari Duo. Powered by a pair of V8 or V5 processors, or their equivalent 'ultra' version, this will be the first consumer dual-processor video chipset since ATI's Rage Fury Maxx and 3DFX's ill-fated last experiments.... remember the Voodoo5 6000?

The XGI Volari Duo V8 Ultra was demonstrated by PowerColor at Computex 2003 in Taipei this fall. The V8 Ultra GPU runs at 350MHz, while DDR2 memory races along at 500MHz (375MHz for DDR).

The XGI V8 and XGI V5 processors (and their respective 'ultra' versions) will be available on their own also, as will the XGI V3 GPU. XGI is also offering the XP5, a rebranded version of the Trident XP5 notebook graphic processor available in 32 or 64 MB versions for mobile applications.

Volari Duo V8Ultra

Volari Ultra V8

Volari Duo V5Ultra

Volari Ultra V5

Process 0.13 micron 0.13 micron 0.13 micron 0.13 micron
Transistors 90Million (x2) 90Million (x2) NDA NDA
Engine CLK 350MHz 300MHz 350MHz 300MHz
Memory CLK 500MHz 450MHz 500MHz 450MHz
AGP 8X 8X 8X 8X
DRAM bus 256bit DDR/DDR2 256bit DDR/DDR2 256bit DDR/DDR2 256bit DDR/DDR2
Max DRAM size 512MB 512MB 512MB 512MB
Mem. Bandwidth 32GB/s 28.8GB/s 32GB/s 28.8GB/s
Bandwidth Saving Broadbahn Broadbahn Broadbahn Broadbahn
Render Pipe 16 16 8 8
Vertex Shader 4(V2.0) 4(V2.0) 4(V2.0) 4(V2.0)
Pixel Shader 8(V2.0) 8(V2.0) 8(V2.0) 8(V2.0)
Pixel Fill Rate 5.6 GP/s 4.8 GP/s 2.8 GP/s 2.4 GP/s
Texel Rate 11.2 GT/s 9.6 GT/s 5.6 GT/s 4.8 GT/s
Textures per Pipe 2 2 2 2
DirectX DX 9.0 DX 9.0 DX 9.0 DX 9.0
FSAA Supersampling 4X Supersampling 4X Supersampling 4X Supersampling 4X
Anisotropic Filtering off-4X off-4X off-4X off-4X
Enhancements ColorAMP Engine ColorAMP Engine ColorAMP Engine ColorAMP Engine
RAMDAC 400MHz 400MHz 400MHz 400MHz

Let's take a look at what the Volari line of GPUs will bring to the table. Obviously the Duo will hold the most interest to PC gaming enthusiasts, but first let's examine the published specifications of the Volari V8 and V5 graphics processors.

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Contents of Article: XGI Volari
 Pg 1.  XGI Volari - Newest GPU on the Block
 Pg 2.  — The Volari product line
 Pg 3.  The Volari V8
 Pg 4.  Volari V3, BitFluent Architecture
 Pg 5.  The Volari Duo Series
 Pg 6.  BroadBahn Memory Architecture
 Pg 7.  CipherVideo and ColorAmp
 Pg 8.  Reactor Unified Driver

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