SiS delivers the first Xabre graphics chips
After the presentation of the SiS330 graphics chip family at CeBIT, SiS is now delivering the first samples of the chip to its customers. The first chip models are called Xabre 80, Xabre 200 and Xabre 400, but the specifications have been changed slightly.
The Xabre 200 (SiS332) will now run with a clock rate of 200 MHz, the DDR-RAM is addressed with 333 MHz. The Xabre 400 (SiS334) already comes with 250 MHz GPU clock and 500 MHz memory clock. The budget model Xabre 80 (SiS328) will also offer the same clock speeds as the Xabre 200, but supports 64-bit DDR RAM. In contrast, the Xabre 600 (SiS336) is the top model of the family, it is to be delivered from the next quarter and runs with 275 MHz, the RAM with 600 MHz. SiS sees its position on the market compared to the competition as follows: the Xabre 200 and Xabre 400 are to compete against the ATi 7500 and Nvidia GeForce4 MX420 and MX440, the Xabre 600 against the ATi RV250 and the Nvidia GF4 MX460. All Xabre chips support DirectX 8.1 and AGP 8x. SiS is already working on the successor, the Xabre II, which is supposed to support DirectX 9 and which is to come onto the market from February 2003.