Nvidia has been pretty tight lipped when it comes to Fermi's performance numbers, but as the March 26th launch date approaches, a few additional details are starting to leak out. This time it's a video documenting some early benchmarks, giving us our first real peak at Fermi's performance. Of course we would be remiss if we didn't mention that the Heaven benchmark utility demonstrated in the video was administered solely by Nvidia themselves, and as such, the results should be taken with a grain of salt until we've had our own opportunity to put it through its paces.
The demo shows the GTX 480 pushing out some pretty impressive frame rates, even besting the ATI 5870 results they claim to have run earlier, but it certainly doesn't look like as big a margin as we were hoping for. The GTX 480 as you might recall is going to be the companies new high end offering, and although no pricing has yet been announced, rumors have put it somewhere in the $700 USD range. The Radeon 5870's by comparison can be found starting at around $380. If the rumored pricing ends up being true the more realistic comparison would be the Radeon 5970 vs. the GTX 480.
Only time will tell if the GTX 480 & 470 cards are as hot or as expensive as we fear, but one thing is for certain, the silence and vague details isn't helping their cause. Click the jump to check out the video for yourself. Did the demonstration win you over?
The hottest rumor on the Web right now is that BFG might go play for the red team and start producing ATI Radeon videocards. Could this possibly be true?
"The rumor we are hearing today is that BFG is going RED!," HardOCP.com founder Kyle Bennett posted on Thursday. "Totally unconfirmed, but given the history heard over the last few years...yes years...this does not sound implausible. I am waiting for a response from BFG's CEO, but none is forthcoming."
If this turns out to be true, it would be quite the score for AMD, who in late 2008 managed to pry XFX from Nvidia's exclusivity grip. Like XFX, BFG is one of just a small handful of GPU vendors who offer lifetime warranties on their parts, EVGA being the other.
While this wouldn't be the end of the world for Nvidia, it does seem as though the GPU maker can't catch a break. Everything from failed parts to losing the performance crown have been thorns in Nvidia's side, and it remains to be seen what kind of cure-all Fermi can provide.
AMD exploits a price point with the Radeon HD 5830, but the implementation is so weird, we’re scratching our heads.
If you’ve got $250 to burn for a graphics card, you’ll find a dearth of cards at that price point. Hit any of the major web retailers for PC gear looking for $250 cards, and you’ll find a couple of models of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 275 and… that’s it. The much faster Radeon HD 5850s are around $300, and you’ll find older GTX 260s and not much more.
AMD decided to fill the gap with the Radeon HD 5830. But the HD 5830 is a really odd duck. It’s slower than a Radeon HD 5850, but the reference implementation is huge – the same size as the Radeon HD 5870. The 5830 also consumes more power at full throttle than the HD 5850 – hence the larger cooler on the reference design.
Read on to find out all about the 5830's features, and how it did in our grueling benchmarks!
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.