Today, AMD has announced its next-generation of APUs (Accelerated Processing Unit) for users who need more computing power.
AMD offers the new A-series of APUs in two dual-core and five quad-core flavors. The clock speed of these APUs start from 1.9GHz and go all the up to 2.5GHz, under Turbo mode. The Turbo mode kicks in automatically under conditions of heavy load.
The AMD A-Series APU represents an inflection point for AMD and is perhaps the industry’s biggest architectural change since the invention of the microprocessor,said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Products Group. It heralds the arrival of brilliant all-new computing experiences, and enables unprecedented graphics and video performance in notebooks and PCs. Beginning today we are bringing discrete-class graphics to the mainstream.
The A4 range of APUs come with a Radeon HD 6250G clocked at 400Mhz, while the A6 range of chips pack in a Radeon 6250G clocked at 400Mhz. The top rung A8 range of APUs comes with a Radeon HD 6620G, running at 444MHz.
The Radeon chips inside the A series APU are DirectX 11 compatible, and even support standards like HDMI 1.4a, Display Port 1.1 and USB 3.0 and multi-monitor support.
AMD also claims that an A-series APU powered notebook will provide users with a staggering battery life of 10.5 hours. HP has already announced 11 new laptops powered by these new APUs from AMD, scheduled to be launched sometime in June-end, early July.
Today, AMD has unveiled its next generation high-end graphics card the HD 6970 and HD 6950. Both these cards are the first to be based on the new Cayman architecture. The core of the HD 6950 runs at 800MHz and packs in 1408 stream processors along with 88 texture units and 32 ROPs. The 2GB GDDR5 memory of the GPU is running at 1.25GHz.
The elder sibling of the HD 6950 the HD 6970 packs in 1536 stream processors, 96 texture units and 32 ROPs. The core of the GPU is clocked at 880 MHz while the 2GB GDDR5 memory runs at 1.375 GHz. Both the cards have a 256-bit memory bus width. The cards also support AMD’s EyeInfinity technology.
The HD 6950 and the HD 6970 go on sale starting from today from third parties like Power Color, Sapphire and XFX. AMD has priced both these cards very competitively at only $299 and $369 for the HD 6950 and the HD 6970 respectively.
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.
The mid-range Fermi core competitor from Nvidia is finally here! The Nvidia GTS450 will take on the current mid-range king the AMD Radeon HD5770. The GTS450 is based on a scaled down version of the GF104 core. The GF106 core features 192CUDA cores, 16ROPs and a 128-bit memory band with. The default clock speed of the card stands at 783 MHz and 1566 MHz for the graphics core and the graphics memory respectively.
“The GeForce GTS 450 makes huge strides in expanding DX11 capability to the masses,” said Sid Meier, Director of Creative Development, Firaxis Games. “Civilization V plays beautifully on the GTS 450 and looks even more amazing with 3D Vision technology.”
The GTS450 is also light on your power bill as it only features a single six-pin power connector. The card also supports Nvidia 3D Vision and SLI technology. The card will be available starting from today from all the major graphic card add-in partners which includes Asus, EVGA, MSI etcetera. The retail price of the GTS450 is around $129.
Early reviews suggest that the GTS450 is a decent competitor to the AMD 5770. The only problem? Its nearly a year late to the market!
AMD has announced that it will retire the ATI brand later this year. Four years ago, AMD shocked everyone by acquiring ATI for $5.4 billion. The merger almost cost AMD dearly. The massive expense was financed through $2 million in loans and 56 million shares of AMD stock. Most pundits believed that AMD had made a blunder by coughing up so much for ATI, when it was suffering major losses in the chipset business. However, the merger also brought tangible benefits to the chipset giant. ATI’s strong performance in the recent past has helped AMD boost its brand name, and now AMD is preparing to ship Fusion APUs (CPU+GPU on a single die).
Nevertheless, AMD obviously believes that it stands to gain significantly by retiring the ATI brand name. Come 2011, all products from the Sunnyvale based semiconductor company will bear only AMD branding. According to AMD, an internal survey revealed the following key points:
- AMD brand preference triples when the person surveyed is aware of the ATI-AMD merger.
- The AMD brand is viewed as stronger than ATI when compared to graphics competitors (presumably NVIDIA).
- The Radeon and Fire Pro brands themselves (without ATI being attached to them) are very high as is.
The last point suggests that ATI products are well recognized even without the ATI branding. However, even more crucial is the revelation that most of the consumers consider AMD to be a more significant competitor to Nvidia than ATI. The GPU market has long been dominated by ATI and Nvidia.
Much like 3dfx Voodoo, ATI will always be remembered by geeks and hardware aficionados around the world. Hardcore ATI fans might be disappointed with AMD’s announcement, but at least ATI is going out with respect.
Today, Apple unveiled a new 27-inch LED Cinema Display, New Mac Pros and also updated their iMac line-up. The new 27-inch LED Cinema Display from Apple features a resolution of 2560*1440, and also features an integrated camera, microphone and speakers. The new display has a 16:9 aspect ratio, and has 60% more real screen estate than the previous generation 24-inch Cinema Display. The LED display uses an IPS (In Plane Switching) panel to offer outstanding contrast ratio and color reproduction.
The new Mac Pro line-up from Apple features the latest quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors, and the latest generation of ATI video cards. Users can also install up to four 512GB SSDs on their Mac Pro. Users can also install either the ATI HD5770 or the HD5870 with 1 GB of memory on their Mac Pro. The new updated iMac line from Apple features the latest Core i3, i5 and i7 processors from Intel. Along with this, users can also upgrade the graphics card of the iMac to the ATI HD5750.
The new iMac also features a Magic Trackpad. The Magic Trackpad is made of smooth glass and aluminium and allows iMac users to enjoy multi-touch gestures which other Mac owners have been enjoying. The 27-inch LED Display from Apple costs $999, while the Mac Pros prices will be listed from 1st August onwards. The iMac line-up cost varies from $1,199 for the base model to $1,999 for the fully loaded one.
Lenovo today announced its first ever-3D laptop – the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d features a 15.6-inch 3D screen to provide a 3D experience when combined with compatible 3D movies and games. The laptop can be equipped with up to a Core i7 processor, and the ATI HD5730 graphics card with up to 1 GB of memory. Up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and 750GB of storage space is available on the laptop.
The Y560d also features the RapidDrive technology to combine the performance of an SSD, and the storage space of a traditional HDD to deliver better performance.
Fun is a notebook that brings multimedia to lifeâ€”and the IdeaPad Y560d does this in a dramatic fashion with a truly unique 3D viewing experience,said Dion Weisler, vice president, business operations, Lenovo. While 3D technology has been around for ages, it has not been readily accessible to consumers within the home. Lenovo is helping bridge this gap by delivering consumers a 3D experience on a familiar PC platform that can be viewed and enjoyed when and where they want.
The laptop automatically switches to the integrated graphics core for improving the battery life. The laptop is also equipped with an HDMI port. A Blu-Ray player is also optional. The laptop also features SlideNav and OneKey Theather II. The former is an intelligent touch-sensitive slide bar application for easy desktop navigation, while the latter optimizes the laptop for video playback. The Y560d will feature speakers from JBL with Dolby Home Theater surround sound.
The 3D screen, TriDef technology, and the RapidDrive features are all optional. The laptop will hit the retail stores by the end of June, with the base model costing $1,199.99.
Dell has just released its new Studio XPS 7100 series of Desktop computers. Quad cores and/or hexa-cores processors from AMD power the new XPS 7100 series of Desktop computers. The base model of the XPS 7100 starts from $499. The XPS 7100 series of Desktops uses the latest DDR3 RAM for better performance.
The total RAM on the XPS 7100 is upgradeable to 16GB DDR3, and the storage space can be increased to 1.5TB. The graphics card options include either the inbuilt ATI HD 4200 or the HD5450 or the HD 5770 or the top of the line HD 5870 graphics card with 1 GB of graphics memory. A Blu-Ray drive, along with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are also optional. The top-of-the-line XPS 7100 features an AMD Phenom II X6 1055T processor along with an ATI HD 5870 with 1 GB of memory. The AMD Phenom II X6 1055T processor is meant only for OEMs, and will never hit the retail market.
It is nice to see Dell selling computers using processors from AMD. This will help in increasing the market share of AMD in a market, which is dominated by Intel. Keep in mind that the total pricing does not include the price of a LCD monitor. Users need to pay separately for a LCD monitor.
The ATI HD5970 is already a monster of a graphics card. The card features 2 cores of ATI HD5870, and has 3200 stream processors along with 160 texture units. The card also supports ATI EyeFinity and has 3 Mini DisplayPorts. Users can connect up to three displays and combine them to use make it one large monitor. Well now it seems PowerColor is going to release a modified version of the HD5970 with twelve Mini-DisplayPorts.
Twelve Mini-DisplayPorts will allow users to connect up to 12 monitors to a single graphics card! The graphics memory has also been increased to 4GB. The power consumption of this card is surely going to be high, so users must make sure that they have a beefy PSU.
PowerColor intends to give the users a public demo of this monster at the upcoming Computex in June. Earlier, Powercolor had also released a modified version of the ATI HD5770 with five mini-DisplayPorts.
AMD launched its 5xxx series of graphics card for consumers in September, last year. The 5xxx series of graphics card featured many new technological improvements including ATI’s Eyefinity. ATI Eyefinity technology allows users to attach and use up to 3 monitors simultaneously, excluding the ATI 5870 Eyefinity edition. The ATI 5870 Eyefinity edition features 6 DisplayPorts, so users can hook up to 6 monitors and use them simultaneously.
Now AMD has unveiled its FirePro line-up of graphics card for professionals. At the beginning of this month, AMD had announced the ATI FirePro V8800 graphics card. AMD had described the card as “the industry’s most powerful professional graphics card ever created.” The ATI V8800 features 1600 stream processors, and 2GB of GDDR5 memory and costs 1,499$.
The cards which AMD announced today are specification wise – placed below the ATI FirePro V8800. The ATI V7800 has 1440 stream processors, along with 2Gb of GDDR5 memory. The card also features a dual DisplayPort, and a single dual-link DVI output. AMD describes the FirePro V8800 as ultra-fast.Next in line is the true workhorseV5800. At 800 stream processors, the V5800 has 640 stream processors less than the V7800. The graphics memory has also been halved at 1Gb.
The entry-levelcards the V4800 and the V3800 have 400 stream processors. The V4800 has 1Gb of GDDR5 memory while the V3800 has 512Mb of GDDR3 memory. The FirePro V4800 is equipped with two DisplayPort and one dual-link DVI port. The ATI FirePro V3800 has one display port and one dual-link DVI port. AMD did not mention the pricing or the release dates of these cards.