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    Diamond Multimedia, a pioneer in the graphics industry, today announced its return to the consumer graphics market with plans to launch next-generation graphics accelerators under its legendary Stealth and Viper brands, two of the most well-known and respected retail names in graphics history. Continuing the tradition of these brands, the Stealth product line will offer a full series of value-based cards while Viper will target high-end gamers. True to its heritage, Diamond will continue to remain chip vendor neutral, offering consumers products from multiple vendors to provide maximum performance and value at each price point.

    The first new Diamond products will begin shipping in November and are planned to feature technology from both of the leading graphics chip vendors, ATI and NVIDIA. As with previous Diamond products, the new lines will include bundles of popular software titles and additional offers and will be available at national retailers and through distribution.

    Do be advised that this is much like the Hercules acquisition we saw by Guillemot back in the day. What is really interesting here in some sort of cosmic way, even though the Diamond PRs are dated yesterday, Guillemot officially took over the Hercules' Intellectual Properties on October 28, 1999. Four years ago today...

    Los Angeles, California – October 27, 2003 – Best Data Products, Inc. today announced its has completed its acquisition of Diamond Multimedia from SONICblue Incorporated including the Diamond Multimedia, Stealth, Viper and Supra trade names and trademarks as well as business assets, product inventory, and other intellectual property. Diamond will be run as an independent division of Best Data focusing on selling select, high-quality graphics, communications and other media devices that enable people to experience the best of the digital lifestyle.

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    Ahh, the memories.. where would I be without my V550... :) Best damn TNT2 vid card around. With TV out too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefy
    Ahh, the memories.. where would I be without my V550... :) Best damn TNT2 vid card around. With TV out too!
    Very much indeed!

    I loved my 330! :)
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    oooh ya im still using that Diamond TNT2 V770 Ultra in my spare pc :p

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    I loved my Diamond Voodoo2 12mb !
    I think most of us have used a Diamond product and have been happy with it !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beefy
    Ahh, the memories.. where would I be without my V550... :) Best damn TNT2 vid card around. With TV out too!
    Funny that, as I have a Diamond V550 but its just the original TNT chip though I also have a V770 and that's a TNT2 chip (gotta V330 as well but that's the older Riva128 chip). :devil win

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    Was it? It musta been the V770 then. :( my bad.

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    Diamond Multimedia ships Stealth graphics cards
    Entry-level products powered by GPUs from NVIDIA and ATI


    The legendary maker of graphics cards and other multimedia components returns into the USA market today. On Monday the company rolls-out its new Stealth family of products at $49 - $99 price-points for AGP and PCI slots.

    Diamond’s Stealth brand accelerators have long been one of the most popular and recognizable mainstream PC graphics products on the market. Now the Stealth lineup features a variety of graphics processor from two leading graphics chips manufacturers, namely ATI and NVIDIA, and is marketed for customers in $100 budget.

    Historically Diamond Multimedia was among the first companies to employ a GPU neutral strategy and will continue this going forward, according to Diamond's recently proposed strategy. The company selects graphic processors for each product based on performance, features, quality, and price.

    The list of parts shipping includes Diamond Stealth S90, Diamond Stealth S80, Diamond Stealth S70 and Diamond Stealth S60 graphics cards. The family includes products for entry-level market priced from $49.99 to $99.99.

    The S90 features NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 GPU, D-Sub, DVI, TV-Out connectors and is available in AGP version for $99.99. The S80 is based on the RADEON 9200 SE chip with 64-bit memory controller, boasts with D-Sub, DVI, TV-Out connectors and is available for both PCI and AGP slots at $89.99 price-points. The S70 is powered by the GeForce 2 MX400 processor, has only one D-Sub output and is available for $59.99. The Stealth S60 from Diamond Multimedia is among the lowest-priced offerings in the market – at $49.99 the solution packs ATI RADEON 7000 chip and is available in both AGP and PCI versions with D-Sub and TV-Out connectors.

    The S90 and S80 feature 128MB of memory and include SpyHunter game as a free bundle; the S70 and S60 have 64MB and 32MB memory onboard respectively and do not include any free games.

    The Stealth S70 and S60 products are positioned mostly for business and entertainment needs, as neither the GeForce2 MX nor the RADEON 7000 are graphics chips of choice for the latest 3D gaming. The Stealth S90 and S80 are capable of supporting the DirectX 9.0 and DirectX 8.1 features respectively, even though, they hardly pack enough power for hardcore gaming.

    Later Diamond Multimedia is expected to introduce a yet another lineup of products called Viper for less value-minded customers.

    The company said that four graphics cards out of six in the Stealth family are shipping now to US retailers, e-tailers, distributors and systems integrators.

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    So in other words they're all cards that ppl here should avoid.

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    Originally posted by weta
    The Stealth S70 and S60 products are positioned mostly for business and entertainment needs, as neither the GeForce2 MX nor the RADEON 7000 are graphics chips of choice for the latest 3D gaming. The Stealth S90 and S80 are capable of supporting the DirectX 9.0 and DirectX 8.1 features respectively, even though, they hardly pack enough power for hardcore gaming.

    Later Diamond Multimedia is expected to introduce a yet another lineup of products called Viper for less value-minded customers.
    xbit
    The two important paragraphs. The Stealth series are cheap and nasty cards for people who need graphics, but nothing fancy. The Viper series looks like the good series.

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