ATi managed to launch their HD5xxx series of graphics card during the end of September, this year. The cards provided stellar performance, consumed only around 28W of power when in Idle and carried a true value for money price tag. The cards also had many new state of the art technologies like Dx11, ATi eyeInfinity and were successful in luring buyers towards them. What these cards failed to do was to get the performance crown back to ATi. In a move to get the performance crown back, ATi today has launched the HD5970. ATi HD5970 is made up of two Cypress cores, and uses a newer PLX chip to make sure the performance of both the Cypress cores are optimally used.
The card has two 40nm based Cypress cores and has double the Stream processors and ROPs of ATi HD5870. The GDDR5 memory chips however run at frequencies similar to that of ATi HD5850, in order to keep power consumption in control. The maximum power consumption of the card is around 295W, and only 42W at idle. The card also features the latest technologies featured in ATi HD5850 and HD5870, like eyeInfinity, Dx11 and many new ones like real time power monitoring, pure ceramic super capacitors etc.
Interested buyers can find the HD5970 immediately at sale with retailers for an MSRP of 599$. With Nvidia, unable to launch their Dx 11 based Fermi cards before Q1, 2010, ATi has been able to get the performance crown back from Nvidia for at least the next 6-7 months.
Nvidia today provided information about their upcoming next-gen graphics card along with some pictures of it. The upcoming Nvidia GT300, supporting Dx11, graphics card will be based on the ‘Fermi’ architecture. Cards based on these architecture will be competing directly with ATi’s recently released HD5xxx series graphics card.
The GT300 chip has more than 3 billion transistors along with 512 shaders. It also features a 384 bit memory bus bandwith and will use GDDR5 memory chips. Nvidia GT300 will also be the first graphics core until now to support ECC memory. The card will receive the required power from either a 6 pin connector or a 8 pin one. Nvidia also said that the maximum power consumption of cards based on GT300 core will not be more than their previous generation cards. These cards will also be Tri-Sli capable so you can add 3 of these monsters for an awesome gaming experience.
Nvidia also said that the ‘Fermi’ architecture is highly flexible and it will be used to power Nvidia’s Quadro, Tesla and Geforce based Graphics Card variants even though their consumer base is very different from each other. It is expected that cards based on GT300 will not be launched before Q1 of 2010.
AMD has finally launched the HD 5xxx series of graphics card in the market and with it, AMD has become the first graphics card manufacturer to release Dx 11 based graphics card in the market. The AMD HD5870 Core known as the “Cypress” is more complex than Nvidia’s G200 graphics core, featuring more than 2 billion transistors, and even then it’s about 1.4 times smaller than the 55nm version of the G200 core!
The HD5870 offers many new technological advancement and new technologies like ATi eyeInfinity – which allows the HD5870 to simultaneously provide output to 3 monitor’s or the 40nm fabrication process which helps provide HD5870 a killer performance but at extremely low power consumption level of *only* 27W when idle and a peak power consumption of 188W. Currently the HD5870 has to be the best graphics card retailing in the market, with such a low power consumption and a killer performance added to the sweet price of 399$.
You can read Xbitlabs.com review of HD5870 here.
This is getting monotonous now but today again few high-quality pictures of ATi’s upcoming HD5870 were leaked to the Internet.
The back of the card looks the most interesting to me. Its unlike any other graphics card I have seen till date.
The reference cooler on the card is definitely huge and it seems that this card will have some heavy power requirements and will run hot.
The above 6 slots can be used simultaneously to provide output to 6 different monitors. Also from the above pictures its quite clear that the card is definitely going to be a monster in terms of size/length and power consumption.
The above 2 pics are of the upcoming ATi HD5870. The card is based on 40nm fabrication process and supports Dx11. The above pics are of low quality but most of the details are clearly distinguishable. The core of the graphics card is placed at an angle of 45 degrees and it is surrounded by 8 Memory Chips.
Information about HD5770 and HD5750 was also leaked. Both HD5770 and HD5750 are equipped with 1Gb of GDDR5 memory and will have a memory bandwith of 128-bit. Both these cards will also feature UVD 2.0 and will also be able to simultaneously provide output to 3 monitor’s.
AMD had demonstrated working samples of their Dx11 “Evergreen” based Graphics Card way back in CeBIT 2009 held at Taipei this year but AMD is yet to launch them. I have earlier already blogged about AMD “Evergreen” Graphics Card and its release date. Today a member at ChipHell forums posted few pictures of the upcoming RV870 graphics card. According to the information which he got, it seems that this graphics card is all set to replace the HD4770.
The cooler on the above graphics card definitely looks big and it seems that this card is going to run very hot. The Card also comes with a 6 pin molex power connector.
From the above picture it is clear that the card is using a Dual Slot Cooling design. The rear panel of the card also features 2 DVI ports, one Display Port and one HDMI port.
AMD has announced that it will start shipping Dx11 based graphics card by the end of Q3, 2009. AMD has now decided that they will soft launch their Dx11 Based “Evergreen” Graphics card on September 10th. AMD had already shown demonstrated their Dx11 based graphics card during the Computex held this year. More information about AMD’s “Evergreen” graphics card can be found in an earlier post which I had made. Here is the link to that post.
The Chairman of TSMC, Morris Chang today in a news conference said that the yield from 40nm manufacturing process has now increased considerable to 60% which will thus help the company in delivering goods in high quantity to its clients. A 60% yield means that out of every 100 chips produced by TSMC, only 60 of them are free from any manufacturing defects. Earlier TSMC had said that they were unable to provide AMD with the required amount of chips and it was due to this, that there was a shortage of HD4770 which was based on the 40nm fabrication process. Earlier TSMC was only able to get a yield of about 30-40% from the 40nm manufacturing process. With the passage of time the yield from the 40nm manufacturing process will keep on increasing so this is definitely a good news for the consumers.
With nVidia and ATi, both going to launch their 40nm based graphics card sooner than later, this news could not have come at a better time.
ATi had demonstrated their Dx11 based Graphics Card during the Computex Show in Taipei in early June this year. After that ATi has been keeping mum on their Dx11 supporting, RV8xx core based graphics card. Today HKEPC posted some information about the upcoming graphics card from ATi and if they are to be believed, then ATi is going to name their Dx11 series of Graphics card on "Evergreen Trees" namely – Cypress, Juniper, Redwood, Cedar, and Hemlock.
Cypress is going to be the high-end dual chip graphics card based on the RV870 core while Juniper is going to be the single chip mainstream performance card. All this information has still not been confirmed by any AMD/ATi official so please take this info with a pinch of salt. We will try to update our readers about this as soon as possible
The back to school season is coming in the U.S and ATi looks all set to take full advantage of it with the Radeon HD4680. The HD4680 graphics card is based on the RV790 core and uses 512MB of GDDR5 memory and is equipped with 640 stream processors and the memory bus bandwith is limited to 256bits. The default core/memory frequencies are 700 and 3000MHz respectively. We should keep in mind here that the clock speed of HD4680 is quite low as compared to that of the HD4890 and since both the cards use GDDR5 memory, this card has an awesome overclocking potential.
The card also has a 6pin additional power connector. There is no work on the pricing but the card should cost anywhere between $140-180 USD
It has been reported that AMD is disappointed by the performance of its processors in the notebook segment. AMD is now looking for a change and is set to drop the Better By Designtagline from its processors and graphics card from September, with the launch of the Tigris Platform for Notebook based on 45nm Dual Core. AMD will instead reform its notebook line-up and call it as AMD Vision’. AMD Vision’ will divided into 3 categories, namely
1) AMD Vision
2) AMD Vision Premium
3) AMD Vision Ultimate
Each category consists of an AMD Turion Processor and an AMD/ATi GPU coupled together for the Ultimate performance. Only the top end laptops will be branded as AMD Vision Ultimate which will consist of either the HD4650 and/or HD4870 while the average performing laptop will be branded as AMD Vision Premium and the low-end laptops will be branded as the AMD Vision. The AMD Vision Category will consist of AMD Neo x2 processor along with the Integrated HD3200 IGP.
We already know that ATi HD4770 is a stellar performer and comes at a steal price as well. It is also a known fact that there is a huge demand for the ATi HD4770 and ATi has been unable to meet the high demand. ATi had made sure it had the bare enough stock so as to hard launch the the HD4770 but what it did not forsee was the high future demand. The real manufacturer of the core of ATi HD4770 is TSMC and they are the ones who are unable to meet the huge demand for the card. Since ATi HD4770 is the 1st ever graphics card to be built on 40nm fabrication process and the yield currently is quite low. It is rumoured that only 30% of the total produced ATi HD4770 cores are fit for sale. This in turn may lead to ATi/TSMC facing heavy losses.
ATi though has taken a few steps so as to cut down the high demand for the HD4770 by decreasing the price of HD4850, HD4870 and HD4890 and even launching a HD4830 which can be flashed to a HD4850. ATi also said that its working closely with TSMC so as to increase the supply of HD4770 but insiders say that the supply of HD4770 will only be increased by the end of July.ATi though by reducing the prices of their HD48xx series have just proved how much they value their customers. ATi recently also released the Catalyst 9.6 drivers which improves performance under many games.
Asus is soon going to launch the Asus ROG Mars Limited Edition Graphics Card which contains 2xGTX 285 along with a total of 4GB of GDDR3 memory running at 2484Mhz having a memory bus width of 512-bit. The core of both the GTX285 is clocked at 648Mhz along with 480stream processors running at 1476Mhz. All this translates into The Asus ROG Mars Limited Edition graphics card to be faster than 2*GTX295.
The GTX295 has 1792MB of GDDR3 memory and has a memory bus width of 448-bit. The ROG’ in the name of the graphics card stands for Republic Of Gamers’. Since this is a limited edition card only thousand pieces of the Asus ROG Mars will be made with each having marked its own unique number. This monster of a Graphics Card will cost *only* 1700$ when launched which I guess makes this graphics card the costliest ever Graphics Card in the history of Computing. In this time of world recession I wonder how many people will actually buy this graphics card at a whooping price of 1700$. NVIDIA’s arch rival ATi has been cutting prices of its graphics card thus making them more VFM. One example of this is the ATi HD4770 which only has a 128bit memory bus width bus and costs less than 100$ but is nothing short of a pure Value For Money product.
AMD is expected to announce a price cut next month on the HD 48xx Graphics Card series line-up. The price cut is expected to be upto 50$, thanks to the lower manufacturing costs. The Price cuts arrives before AMD is expected to launch their new Dx11 series of Graphics Card line up during the coming Summer.
Thanks to the price cut, the Price of the High-End HD4890 will go down from 249$ to 199$ while the HD4870 will retail for 149$ down from its current price of 199$. The price cut helps push the HD4850 in the <100$ range and thus making it compete with HD4770, nVidia 9xxx series. The Price Cut on HD4850 will help AMD make the HD4850 act as a subsitutue for HD4770 which is currently selling like hot cakes in the market.
It looks like AMD is trying to finish the left over stock of the HD48xx series which they have before they launch the new HD5xxx Dx11 Capable Graphics Card in the market. The 50$ price cut makes the HD 48xx price very tempting and many people who already own the HD48xx series will go in for Crossfire for a better gaming performance.
AMD today along with the announcement of AMD Istanbul’ Server Class Processor’s also announced a new integrated GPU dubbed ATI Radeon E4690. The ATI Radeon is the first Integrated GPU in the world to support Dx 10.1 and OpenGL 3.0. The GPU has a memory of 512Mb running at 700 MHz GDDR3 and the memory interface is 128bit along with 320 shader processors. The GPU is built on the 55nm fabrication process and has inbuilt support for Display Port, and also supports Shader model v4.0 and UVD 2.0.
ATI Radeon E4690 when publically available will be the fastest ever Integrated GPU which nearly matches the performance of a discrete GPU. The ATI Radeon E4690 sets a new bar for embedded graphics performance. Blazingly fast graphics and HD video capabilities enhance the appeal of applications âˆ’ such as arcade, casino, digital signage and more. With the industry’s only embedded graphics chip that offers DirectX 10.1 and UVD 2.0 support, the ATI Radeon E4690 enables competitive advantages for AMD’s embedded customers,said Richard Jaenicke, director of integrated graphics at Advanced Micro Devices a.k.a AMD.