It's pretty rare that a company apologizes for a marketing mishap and offers to make it right. Just look at the Vista capable lawsuit, or more recently, Apple's lame attempt at addressing the iPhone 4's antennae issue (Hey dude, you're holding it wrong. Here's a free case, but did I mention you're holding it wrong?).
Little nuggets of public regret just don't happen very often, so kudos to Gigabyte for backtracking on its "HyperMemory" marketing, and shame on them for doing it in the first place. HyperMemory is Gigabyte's AMD's fancy term for combining its graphics cards' onboard memory with a user's system memory. That's all fine and dandy, but where the confusion sets in is when the box advertises 1GB of memory, when really the videocard only ships with 512MB; that other 512MB is shared with from your system RAM.
Hit the jump to see how Gigabyte is making this right by its customers.
MSI had HTPC users in mind when it launched its R5670-PD512 videocard earlier today. Sporting a low profile design, the new card also comes equipped with dual fans for an added cooling punch.
According to MSI, the two-fan cooling solution provides 50 percent better airflow than a single fan, but that isn't all the R5670-PD512 has going for it. MSI is also touting the heatsink, which covers both the GPU and memory while still maintaining a low profile form factor.
MSI's variant sticks close to reference specs and comes clocked at 775MHz, while the 512MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 4040MHz on a 128-bit bus. Other features include "Military Class Concept" components, such as all solid capacitors and a solid state choke.
For entry-level folk, AMD's HD 5670 videcards sell for as little as $90 shipped on Newegg, and even lower if you factor in those annoying mail-in-rebates. What you get in return is a serviceable card for light graphics duties with the following reference specs:
400 stream processors
775MHz core clockspeed
4000MHz memory clockspeed (effective)
128-bit memory bus
4Gb/s data rate
That's not going to blow the side panel off your custom built rig, but will be plenty sufficient for Peggle and other casual gaming chores, as well as more demanding games at lower resolutions (see our performance review here). Now here's where things get interesting. Chinese website Inpai.com seems to believe it has it on good authority that AMD will release an upgraded version of the HD 5670. From what the site knows so far, the beefed up model will sport 640 stream processors instead of the 400 found on the reference design, while the core clockspeed will drop slightly to 750MHz. Everything else looks to remain the same.
If true, and if the price doesn't get jacked up, HD 5670 could suddenly become a very compelling option in the sub-$100 graphics category.
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.