SOURCE: Diamond Multimedia
June 20, 2008 09:00 ET
Bring Your Game to Its Knees With the Next Generation of ATI Radeon HD Graphics Cards
CHATSWORTH, CA--(Marketwire - June 20, 2008) - Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a
leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications
products, launched today the ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card. This card
offers exquisite gaming capabilities combined with state of the art
The HD 4850 is a single slot card, PCIE 2.0, with 512MB of DDR3 memory and
a clock speed of 625 MHz. The memory speed is 993 MHz and is designed with
480 stream processors. The HD 4850 provides plug-and-play ATI CrossFireX
upgradeability with up to quad-GPU support. Continuing with ATI's Power
Play and 55nm processing technology, this card is fast and efficient.
The Radeon HD 4000 series of GPUs delivers superlative visual performance
with next generation technology like a powerful new TeraScale engine that
delivers high resolutions and fast frame rates. Unified Video Decoder 2
frees up the CPU for other tasks, especially the most processing-intensive
content, including VC-1, H.264 and now MPEG-2. Take full advantage of
Blu-ray functionality with dual-stream, picture in picture (PIP)
capabilities. As with their predecessors, the Radeon 4000 series provides
graphics support for the latest Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 games and
realistic 3D graphics and shading effects. Experience the best of Windows
Vista and take advantage of the Windows Aero graphical interface.
The HD 4850 is truly the definition of value for gamers. Bruce Zaman, CEO,
states, "Early testing shows quite profoundly that this model, especially
in a CrossFire configuration, will provide the frames per second
performance that gamers are looking for at a price point that cannot be
Unique to Diamond's version is an offer that will give gamers the
opportunity to protect their systems from virus's while they game, and not
suffer performance loss. The Radeon 4000 series will come with a special
60 day risk free trial version of BitDefender's GameSafe software.
"BitDefender's partnership with Diamond is a reflection of our commitment
to working with the gaming community to develop gamer-friendly security
solutions that offer full protection while not interfering with user
activities," said Vince Hwang, Global Director, Product Management.
"GameSafe software is designed with gamers in mind, eliminating the need to
sacrifice speed and performance for system security. When activated,
BitDefender's GameSafe, minimizes processor time and memory consumption,
postpones automatic updates and scans, eliminates all alerts and pop-ups
and sets the scanning level to 'permissive,' so only the most important
files are scanned. All of this is designed to enhance the gaming
experience, while maximizing protection from e-threats."
All Diamond video cards carry the Diamond guarantee of quality assurance.
Unlike many cards that are simply first to market, Diamond carefully tests
and retests every new model for its ratio of performance to reliability.
Diamond is legendary in the PC video card business for its less than 1
percent return rate. Diamond cards use superior connectors, cables and
components, as well as undergo more thorough testing for heat
susceptibility and durability.
Diamond Multimedia's ATI Radeon HD 4850 will be available for purchase
starting June 20, 2008 and will be available at Fry's, Amazon, CompUSA,
Newegg, NCIX, Tiger Direct and ZipZoomFly. Learn more at
About Diamond Multimedia
Diamond provides the absolute best quality in advanced graphics, digital
television, communications and sound hardware solutions for home and
business users. Diamond products stand for performance, quality and value.
For the past two decades, Diamond Multimedia has been widely recognized as
a pioneer in the graphics, sound and communications industries and as a key
player in launching the multimedia revolution. Diamond is a new type of
multimedia company that brings all of the differing technologies together
under one brand. Diamond Multimedia is partnered with some of the top
technology companies, including AMD, as an ATI graphics provider.
Diamond products are available to the public throughout North America
through retailers, resellers and systems integrators, as well as, top
technology product distributors. Corporate headquarters are located in