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ATI revs up graphics chips

Canadian graphics chipmaker ATI Technologies this week launched the Radeon 9800 XT, a faster version of its flagship graphics card for desktop PCs. The card will contain 256MB of graphics memory, the company said in a statement. ATI also boosted its midrange graphics card line with the Radeon 9600 XT, which contains 128MB of graphics memory.

PC makers such as Alienware and Falcon Northwest will be among the first to build PCs with the cards. The cards will hit retail shelves later this month. The Radeon 9800 XT will carry a suggested price of $499, while the Radeon 9600XT will go for $199. Both cards will come with a copy of the computer game "Half-Life 2," ATI said.