Today, in a press release AMD has announced their next generation mid-range graphics card series the HD 6800. According to AMD, the new HD 6800 series of graphics card provide up to 30% more performance than other competing products. As of now, the HD 6800 series of graphics card consists of the HD 6850 and the HD 6870. Both the cards sport a dual-slot design and they also feature 2 mini-DisplayPort (v1.2), 2 DVI connectors and 1 HDMI 1.4a port. Like their predecessor, both the cards are Dx11 based.
AMD is the market share leader by a landslide in DirectX ® 11 graphics,said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, GPU Division, AMD. Through our sweet spot strategy and our open, industry standards approach, we’ve worked to deliver the best possible experience for gamers. Today, our laser focus on gamers continues with the introduction of what we think is far and away the best graphics card series today, the AMD Radeonâ„¢ HD 6800 series.
The cards also sport MPEG-4 decoding for DivX, Xvid and BluRay 3D along with UVD3 (Unified Video Decoder). The Barts GPU core used in these graphics card is up to 25% smaller than its predecessor Cypress core.
The AMD HD 6850 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory is expected to retail for $179 while its elder sibling the HD6870 will retail for $239 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory on board.
AMD is also expected to release the HD 6950 and the HD6970 by next month.