AMD HD 6800 Series Graphics Cards Unveiled

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. ATI_HD_6800

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.

Nvidia GTS450 Officially Announced

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. GTS450 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!