SOURCE: CEVO, LLC

July 09, 2008 09:00 ET

AMD and SAPPHIRE Strengthen Support for CEVO

BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwire - July 9, 2008) - CEVO, LLC. announced today that AMD (NYSE: AMD), a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative PC platform technologies and digital media silicon solutions, and SAPPHIRE Technology, industry leaders and innovators in graphics solutions and AMD's leading provider for ATI graphics World Wide, are expanding their sponsorship of CEVO to include Counter-Strike 1.6.

The AMD and SAPPHIRE sponsorship will provide the CEVO eSports community with thousands in cash and the latest HD 4870 Toxic graphics cards. The SAPPHIRE HD 4870 offers a higher specification for the enthusiast market with the use of the latest GDDR5 graphics memory and enhanced clock speeds of 750MHz (core) while using the PCI-Express Gen2 interface, and featuring dual connectors for CrossFireX cables, allowing two or more cards to be used together on a CrossFireX compatible mainboard for even higher graphics performance. All SAPPHIRE graphics cards in the HD 4800 series incorporate the latest ATI Avivo™ HD Technology for enhanced Video display and feature a new generation built in hardware UVD (Unified Video decoder) considerably reducing CPU load and delivering smooth decoding of Blu-ray™ and HD DVD content for both VC-1 and H.264 codecs, as well as Mpeg files.

"I am very excited that both AMD and SAPPHIRE have decided to not only continue but expand their support of the CEVO community," said Charlie Plitt, CEO / President of CEVO. "The AMD and SAPPHIRE sponsorship will allow for the Counter-Strike 1.6 players to compete for cash prizes and some of the world's top GPU hardware."

"SAPPHIRE is the graphics brand of choice for many gamers, because of our innovative designs, and our quality and reliability across a broad range of products," added Bill Donnelly, Global PR Director for SAPPHIRE Technology. "We are delighted to continue our support for the CEVO community as part of our ongoing program to be actively involved with the heart of our customer base -- the enthusiast and dedicated gamer."

About CEVO

Founded in December 2003, CEVO is North America's leading competitive online gaming venue. CEVO has transformed how gamers perceive online gaming, customer support, and has dispelled the notion of cheating online. The innovative model used by CEVO has transformed online gaming and has proven that it is no longer "just a game."

About Sapphire Technology

Pioneers in a new era of how data is displayed and games are played, SAPPHIRE supports the performance oriented with ground-breaking solutions to an environment that remains in a constant state of flux and ultimate evolution. For over ten years SAPPHIRE has held true to its unwavering commitment to deliver the most feature rich and soundly engineered products. Because of SAPPHIRE's firm position on achieving excellence with each product that leaves its ISO9001 and ISO14001 certified factories, users can be rest assured that their gaming experience will be to the highest standards possible for the lifetime of the product.

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