Stand-Alone Color Processor has modularized graphics card.

Press Release Summary:

Splendid MA3850M combines video enhance card with Splendid HD processor and modularized VGA card. Featuring 7-region color enhancement, 12-bit gamma correction, real-time 2D peaking, and dynamic contrast engine, Splendid HD processor increases image quality without increasing CPU loadings and automatically selects best display modes for optimal visuals. Solution also comes with ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 3850 GPU that supports ATI PowerPlay(TM) technology.

Original Press Release:

ASUS Launches World's First Stand-alone Color Processor with Modularized Graphics Card

Splendid MA3850M Offers Vibrant Visual Experience with Efficient Power Consumption for Energy-savings

Taipei, Taiwan, May 6, 2008 - ASUS, leading provider of high-performance and innovative graphics solutions, today launched the world's first stand-alone color processor with a modularized graphics card - the ASUS Splendid MA3850M; which combines a video enhance card with the ASUS Splendid HD processor and a modularized VGA card. The ASUS Splendid HD processor increases image quality to deliver sharper, more vividly colored visual outputs without increasing CPU loadings; while automatically selecting the best possible display modes for exceptional quality visuals. On par with generic ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3850 VGA cards in terms of 3DMark performance, the Splendid MA3850M is able to reduce power consumption for more energy savings. Additionally, the overall length of the Splendid MA3850M is 27% shorter than generic ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3850 graphics cards - allowing a perfect fit even for smaller-chassis users.

Enhanced Image Quality without Increasing CPU Load
The ASUS Splendid HD processor utilizes the newest generation of Splendid video intelligence technology. This provides vibrant and fine-tuned images in conditions most favorable to the human eye, without any increase in CPU loading. Watching movies on PC monitors can now be as good as watching them on top-of-the-line consumer televisions, all thanks to the 7-region color enhancement, 12-bit gamma correction, real-time 2D peaking and dynamic contrast engine of this powerful chip. In addition, it automatically selects the best possible display modes for the most exceptional quality visuals - with inclusions of a Photo Mode, Video Mode, and Game Mode. Furthermore, it allows users to adjust image sharpness and optimization according to the display panel.

Lower Power Consumption for Energy Savings
The ASUS Splendid MA3850M also comes with the ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 3850 GPU that supports the ATI PowerPlay(TM) technology. It also provides breakthrough energy efficiency in terms of performance-per-Watt while retaining outstanding 3DMark06 scores* - making it the best green product for gaming enthusiasts.

Unique Hardware Design
With a length that is 27% shorter than generic ATI Radeon(TM) HD 3850 graphics cards, the Splendid MA3850M will still fit perfectly for smaller-chassis users**. It is also designed on a stylish black circuit board, and the fansink and bracket exude a feeling of 'gamer-chic' - making the Splendid MA3850M an attractive and physically appealing product for users to enjoy 3D Gaming and home theater at the same time. Last but not the least, the modularized design concept makes the graphics card able to be easily upgraded in the future.

* Testing Platform:
PCI-Express 16X:
MB: A8N32-SLI Rev 1.01 BIOS : 0152
CPU: AMD Athlon(TM) 64 X2 Dual-4600
Memory: 1024MB (DDR1 TwinMos M2S9J16A8APS9F081AA-T-512M-3200 512M*2)
HDD: Maxtor 6Y080M042541A
ASUS Splendid HD MA3850M 3DMark06 Score: 10426
ATI Radeon 3850 Reference Design 3DMark06 Score: 9883
Overclocking capabilities may vary when using different cards
**The length of ASUS Splendid HD MA3850M: 17cm
The length of ATI Radeon 3850 Reference Design Board: 23.3cm

Model : Splendid MA3850M/HTDI/512M
Video & Graphics Engine: ASUS Splendid HD & ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3850
Video Memory: 512MB DDR3
Engine Clock: 668 MHz
Memory Clock: 1.65GHz (828MHz DDR3)
Memory Interface: 256-bit
DVI Max. Resolution: 2560 * 1600 ( via DVI-I port )
Bus Standard: PCI Express
DVI Output: one DVI-D ( supporting Splendid ) and one DVI-I
HDCP compliant: Yes
D-Sub Output: YES, via DVI-I to D-Sub adaptor
HDTV Output: YES, via HDTV Out cable
HDMI Output: YES, via DVI-D to HDMI adaptor
Adaptor/Cable Bundled: DVI-I to-D-Sub adapter
HDTV-out cable
DVI-D to-HDMI adaptor
Internal USB Cable
Software Bundled: ASUS Utilities & Driver

oSpecifications, PCB & connector colors and bundled software versions are subject to change without prior notice.
oBrand and product names mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies

ASUS is a leading company in the new digital era. With a global staff of more than 8000 and a world-class R&D design team, the turnover for 2007 was 6.9 billion U.S. Dollars. ASUS has been ranked in Business Week InfoTech 100 for 10 consecutive years, and has been ranked No.1 by the Wall Street Journal Asia for best quality products in Taiwan.

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