SOURCE: Diamond Multimedia

January 03, 2007 08:05 ET

Diamond's Newest Vista-Ready Viper Model Provides Fastest Performance of Any 3D Card

X1950PRO AGP Model Ships Today

CHATSWORTH, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 3, 2007 -- Diamond Multimedia (, a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, is now shipping the AGP versions of the X1950PRO (, while the PCI-E models were shipped last month.

The AGP model of Viper X1950PRO represents the pinnacle of achievement in a wide-ranging series of high-performance AGP graphics cards featuring the powerful ATI Radeon® chip that outperforms any other single or dual-slot solutions. This card uses the Radeon X1950 GPU and comes in a 512MB GDDR3 interface. It has a core clock speed of 575MHz and a 1.38GHz memory speed. It supports Dual DVI (x2 Dual-link), HDTV, D-sub and VIVO.

The Viper X1950PRO supports DirectX 9, and Shader Model 3.0. It is Microsoft Windows Vista ready and supported by Catalyst Control Center, the award-winning feature-rich 3D software application. It supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) with full post-processing capabilities, including anti-aliasing, providing sharp texture filtering to ensure that every game detail is crisp and clear. The X1950PRO also features built-in native HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).

All Diamond video cards also 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 low return rates -- less than 1 percent versus an industry average of approximately 10 percent -- and attributes this to its intensive testing, detailed product knowledge down to the component level, superior relationships with suppliers and unyielding commitment to quality. Diamond cards use superior connectors, cables and components, as well as undergo more thorough testing for heat susceptibility and durability, and this is directly reflected in its superior track record of longevity at the highest levels of performance.

The X1950PRO retails at $279 for PCI-E, and $299 for AGP. All Diamond cards are available through most North American distributors, such as ASI, D&H, Ingram Micro and TechData along with most leading computer retailers and e-commerce sites like and

About Diamond Multimedia

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. Through the process of specialization, multimedia companies have become nearly extinct, each concentrating on a few aspects but never again addressing a complete experience. In that time evolution and natural selection has transformed Diamond into a new type of multimedia company, a 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 ATI graphics provider.

Diamond provides the absolute best quality in advanced graphics, digital television, communications and sound hardware solutions for home and business users, enabling users to create, access and experience compelling new media content from their desktops and through the internet.

Diamond products are available to the public throughout North America through retailers, resellers and systems integrators as well as top technology product distributors. Diamond products stand for performance, quality and value. Corporate headquarters are located in Chatsworth, California.

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