Hardcore video game enthusiasts, 3D designers, and even average computer users find the advantages of ATI Radeon graphic processing units. These video cards were introduced in 2000, and since then have become on of the top graphic cards. They deliver excellent visual performance, something that is required for smooth game experiences.
In 2006 ATI was brought by AMD. However, AMD continues to use the ATI Radeon card brand name. The initial purpose of these cards were to benefit 3D designers, and gamers. Now they have made these cards mainstream as well as value smart.
Graphic cards are updated with new features every month to keep up with growing technology. They are updated by device drivers and software called Catalyst, allowing users to control the performance of their graphic cards with user friendly graphic interface. Adjustments such as configuring multiple monitors, and enhancing performance, can all be easily done by using the Control Center.
As said before these cards have made many transformations over the years. Meaning there are several generations available. Each version is based on the version of DirectX is supported. The first Radeon cards supported DirectX 7 and incorporated HyperZ technology. This continues to happen with each new version of DirectX.
The move to High Definition (HD) received attention from this company also. The Radeon HD video cards provide quality high definition form games and movie viewing. The HD 3800 series provides life like graphics and supports DirectX 10.1, and the 1080p movies on HD DVD and Blu-ray play effortlessly with out straining the card due to the hardware video decoder.
A feature that appeals to the serious game players is the Cross FireX upgradeability with in the series. Motherboards can hold up to 4 graphic cards, giving excellent performance due to the combination of the cards.
If you are not into games and 3D designing these graphic cards can be enjoyed by the mainstream, value minded consumer also. This series of cards may not have all the features the high end cards do, but still provide the quality needed. Mainstream cards (ATI Radeon HD 3400) support DirectX 10.1, with 1080p HD video, and image qualities over 1080p.