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HIS adds DisplayPort connector on low-end Radeon cards

by Tarinder Sandhu on 5 June 2008, 01:21

Tags: HiS Graphics

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We all know that NVIDIA will be launching its next-generation architecture shortly. Another poorly-kept secret is that ATI will bolster its mid-range offerings with the introduction of the RV770 SKU, productised into the Radeon HD 4800 series.

Now, with both architectures formally unannounced, albeit with Gigabyte parading a Radeon HD 4850 board, partners have been having a hard time of it at COMPUTEX, showing GPUs that we've all seen before.

HIS is touting what it believes to be the world's first Radeon HD 3450 with DisplayPort connectivity. The underlying GPU supports it natively, of course, but few, if any, partners have chosen to run with it, citing the lack of DisplayPort screens as the obvious stumbling block for adoption.


We're not sure if HIS' move is brave or full of folly, because adding a physical connector naturally boosts the retail price. Still, AMD's integrated it, so its partners should leverage the feature-set, we suppose.


On a similar theme, HIS also showcased an older-generation Radeon HD 2400 Pro with native HDMI pass-through. Nothing really special in that as, again, the GPU supports it, but this model is based on the PCI interface rather than ubiquitous PCIe.

In effect, HIS is providing a means for gaining a robust 2D feature-set and basic 3D power (interface restricted) on older motherboards.

A couple of useful additions to HIS' range that are worth highlighting.



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Is it worth holding off on a monitor till display port becomes a bit morre widespread? I wrongly assumed that it would be possible to convert DVI-D to displayport….
Some top spec Dell monitors come with DVI, HDMI and Display Port. So if you're willing to splash out I'd highly recommend one of those Dell monitors now. You wont be disappointed. Even my Wii gets a slice of the pie ;)
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The underlying GPU supports it natively, of course, but few, if any, partners have chosen to run with it, citing the lack of DisplayPort screens as the obvious stumbling block for adoption.
Of course, it would also be pointless for monitor vendors to integrate it for the same reason, possibly even moreso for them because the extra expense of developing and integrating the interface circuitry would only make for an expensive monitor with nowhere to go. Sometimes you just gotta roll with it. At least GPU AIBs can bundle a DisplayPort->DVI dongle to tide their customers over until DisplayPort monitors show up.
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Is it worth holding off on a monitor till display port becomes a bit morre widespread? I wrongly assumed that it would be possible to convert DVI-D to displayport….

I wouldn't hold off getting a monitor for Display Port, Display Port is backward compatible so if you upgrade your graphics card you can still run a DVI monitor, probably through a dongle, it's also listed as being backward compatible with VGA aswell.