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VIA is planning its own high-end graphics card

VIA is planning its own high-end graphics card

After nVidia has already expanded its production and now also has motherboard chipsets (Crush) ready, VIA is now going the 'opposite' route and is planning to produce its own graphics card called 'Columbia' for the end of the year. The chip is currently being developed by the manufacturer S3, which was bought by VIA, and will be technically roughly the same as ATI's R300.

The following features are known so far: 300 MHz core clock, 128-bit DDR SDRAM interface, 4 render pipelines with 2 texture units each and full DirectX 9 support. Thus, a hot competition on the graphics card market may be announced in the near future. Because then NVIDIA's GeForce3 Ultra, ATI's R300, STM's KYRO III and VIA's Columbia will fight for supremacy and buyers' favor.

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