Asus appears to be going all out on its upcoming custom Radeon HD 5870 videocard. It will be the newest addition to Asus' Republic of Gamers (ROG) Matrix series, and unlike any other HD 5870 on the market.
Not only will it look different, but there are some standout features underneath the hood. Asus put a little TLC into tweaking the PCB, resulting in higher quality voltage regulators, an aggressive factory overclock (900MHz core and 1225MHz memory clockspeeds), better overclocking potential, and twice the amount of RAM as any other HD 5870 (2GB versus 1GB).
Should things get a little too hairy, there's a "safe mode" button on the back that drops the clocks and voltage back to stable levels.
Lenovo has introduced three new value systems rocking AMD CPUs and graphics. The C315 is a stylish little all-in-one set up, and the G445 and G555 are laptops. Lenovo is making no mistake about the message here. “Our new G series notebooks and C series all-in-one desktop are designed for users who want a simple but powerful computing experience without any headaches,” said Lenovo’s Dion Weisler.
The C315 will have a fairly large 20 inch widescreen display with touchscreen technology built in. It will have an Athlon dual-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and ATI Radeon Mobility graphics. At $649, this isn’t a bad deal at all. It’s sort of a budget HP TouchSmart machine.
The laptops look like nice values as well. Both will have 16:9 widescreen displays and Turion II dual-core CPUs. Radeon HD graphics are, of course, also on board. Lenovo did not detail what specs would differentiate the two units, which makes us curious as they both have the same MSRP of $449. Keep an eye on this if you're looking for a deal on a system and power isn't tops on your list.
It seems that AMD intends to have a DirectX 11 part for every price range. As such, the existence of the ATI Radeon HD 5570 isn’t much of a surprise. The low-profile GPU is geared towards gamer types on a budget, or just those concerned with power consumption but are weary of completely sacrificing performance.
The HD 5570 has more than its share of features for a low-profile card. It will deliver full 1080p video playback, and includes ATI Stream technology to improve overall video quality. There’s even support for Eyefinity. Customers will also find an HDMI port and support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Not bad for a low end part.
AMD claims that customers pairing this card with a new AMD Phenom II X4 905e CPU and AMD 7-Series motherboard can expect a 60% improvement in power efficiency compared to competing products from Intel and Nvidia. If you have a small form factor PC in need of a new GPU, this could be it. Exact price isn’t being announced, but we suspect it will be under $80.
ATI today released its entry-level Radeon HD 5450 videocard, proving you don't need to spend anywhere near $100 (let alone several hundred) to buy into DirectX 11.
Then again, if you're serious about DirectX 11, you'll probably want to shell out for a meatier graphics card, but for what it's worth, the $60 HD 5450 has it on the spec sheet. Other features include Eyefinity multi-display support, a 512MB frame buffer on a 64-bit memory bus, 80 stream processors, 650MHz GPU (reference), 800MHz memory clockspeed (reference), and other low-power odds and ends.
The low-profile design further cements the HD 5450 as an HTPC-oriented videocard, as does the HDMI 1.3a and Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio support.
According to news and rumor site DigiTimes, AMD at the last minute uncovered a manufacturing defect during the validation of its ATI Radeon HD 5830 reference boards. This, DigiTimes says, is the reason why the card didn't launch last Monday as originally planned.
Sources who claim to be in the know say the flaw has to do with circuits on the board. For whatever reason, the circuits are coming up bad on AMD's software testing platforms, prompting the chip maker to grab related boards for more testing.
Naturally, AMD had no comment on the reported issue, but the company did say there is no issue whatsoever with any AMD-based videocards already on the market.
So when will the HD 5830 ship? Card makers are predicting no sooner than an early February launch.
As Nvidia struggles to get its first Fermi based graphics card, code-named GF100, AMD just keeps rolling out new versions. With the Radeon HD 5670, AMD pushes into $100 territory.
Classically, cards in this price range offered capable 2D graphics, high quality video and very limited 3D gaming performance. Let’s start by comparing the feature sets of the various AMD DX11 cards, which should give us some idea as to capabilities.
Don't have $150+ to spend on a DirectX 11 videocard? No problem - AMD today unveiled its entry-level Radeon HD 5670 graphics card, which the chip maker intends to position in the sub-$100 sector.
"AMD recently celebrated the shipment of its two millionth DirectX 11 graphics chip. AMD has already enabled DirectX 11 support for the majority of the PC market and today's introduction of the ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics card is yet another clear indication of AMD's commitment to address the strong market demand for DirectX 11-capable graphics cards," said Matt Skynner, vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics Group.
No, this one's not going to come close to the performance offered by AMD's flagship HD 5970, but it does pack a respectable jab. Like the rest of the HD 5xxx lineup, the 5670 serves up support for Eyefinity. The 40nm part comes packed with 627 million transistors, 400 stream processors, up to 1GB of GDDR5 clocked at 1GHz, and a 775MHz GPU. At full bore, the budget card consumes 64W, and just 15W at idle.
As PC games continue their eternal march onward, many a laptop is left in the dust shockingly fast. What’s usually holding them back is the poor graphics solution. Even laptops with dedicated cards find themselves unable to run newer games inside of a year. A new AMD product called ATI XGP could solve all that. The AMD 5000 Series Mobility External GPU would provide the power for a real 3D gaming experience.
The new cards will require a full PCI-e pinout, which isn’t currently standard. However, the existence of MiniPCI-e means this shouldn’t be too much of a problem. The new system was demoed on an old Acer Ferrari running a Radeon X1270. The difference was quite clear. The external GPU was able to run Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. on a triple monitor system using the Eyefinity system.
The external box itself has one DVI connector, one HDMI, three display port, two USB 2.0 ports, and a 35W power adapter. No word yet on when you’ll be able to get a laptop that supports ATI XGP, but keep an eye out.
According to the latest rumors, Nvidia is likely to delay its next-gen DirectX 11 GPU, codenamed Fermi, to March 2010. That's disappointing news for a hyped up chip originally scheduled to launch back in November 2009 before being pushed back to CES in January.
Nvidia hasn't said anything officially, but market rumors suggest the original release was pushed back because of defects, and it would appear the graphics chip maker still has a few bugs to iron out of its Fermi architecture. Assuming smooth sailing from here on out, Nvidia is expected to launch its 40nm Fermi-GF100 GPU in March, followed by the high-end GF104 in the second quarter.
While Nvidia fixes Fermi, AMD is gearing up to launch 40nm Radeon HD 5670, 5570, and 5450 GPUs sometime between the end of January and February 2010.
MSI is giddy as all get-out that one if its videocards -- MSI R5870-PM2D1G -- set the record for the highest 3DMark Vantage Performance score on the planet achieved by a single-GPU graphics card. The score to beat is now 24,486.
Benchmarking that high on a single-GPU videocard doesn't come easy. Renowned overclocker "Deanzo" from New Zealand on hwbot.org used a healthy dose of LN2 to cool down the card to -180C. He was then able to supercharge the GPU to 1,380MHz, or 62.4 percent higher than reference clocks.
As for the software, MSI says Deanzo used the company's Afterburner overclocking utility, which supports GPU, Shader, and memory clockspeed adjustments on both ATI and Nvidia videocards. The utility also makes it possible to increase the voltage and adjust the fan speed.