Alienware heeft een press release de deur uitgedaan waarin ze hun eerste systemen met PGC (Parallel Graphics Configuration) aankondigen. Er zal gebruik worden gemaakt van 2 Voodoo3's en de introductie zal plaatsvinden ergens in juni.
Hier is de saus:
Today, Wicked3DÔ , a division of Metabyte, Inc., announces that system builder Alienware PC will be the first company to license its Parallel Graphics Configuration (PGC) technology.
Alienware, renowned for its award winning ultimate gaming systems, will be the first company to provide the PGC technology to the consumer. The initial implementation of the technology will be combining two 3dfx Interactive Voodoo3™ 2000 PCI cards in one system. There are plans in place to expand the offering to other graphics cards as well.
"We are very excited to see this technology being implemented on Alienware systems. This partnership is the first step in the new direction for Wicked3D and our plans to provide enabling technologies to industry partners. Alienware has been a close customer of ours for some time now and with their reputation for listening to the gaming community, they are the perfect partner to introduce this technology into the market," says Steve Gleitsmann, General Manager of Wicked3D.
Preliminary benchmark figures for this configuration on a Pentium II 450 MHz system with 64 MB RAM, without over-clocking, is 55 frames per second (fps) when running Quake2 at 1600x1200. This frame rate jumps to over 63 fps on other configurations in the lab. The Wicked3D engineering staff expects these numbers to increase on the shipping driver.
"Our PGC solution is a intermediate layer of software which sits on top of the graphic cards existing driver. It can be ported over to any chipset within a short period of time because of our proprietary wrapper technology," says Dave Cook, Director of Engineering for Metabyte, Inc.
"Alienware is extremely exited about this new technology and our strategic alliance with Metabyte. It is truly amazing what Metabyte’s engineers have been able to accomplish. They are pushing performance to the limit and beyond." says Nelson Gonzalez, President for Alienware. "We feel that by using this technology, the average life-span of the current gaming PC will be extended." says Alex Aguila, National Sales Director for Alienware.
The availability of the PGC enabled systems is targeted for early to mid June. The systems will be available from Alienware's web site (www.alienware.com), Wicked3D's web site (www.wicked3d.com) as well as other venues to be announced at a later date. The first public showing of the systems will be at the E3 Exposition from May 13th-15th at the EIDOS booth (booth #500).
Nu alleen nog hopen dat we ook PGC systemen in ons mooi holland tegen zullen gaan komen...