AMD’s interim CEO Thomas Seifert appeared to be enjoying his position as top dog on Friday when he reported a whopping$1.65 billion in revenue, and over $375 million in net income. In addition to the unusually strong financial numbers, he also reported that AMD has shipped over 1.3 million Fusion APUs to AMD partners since deliveries began back in November. That’s a very impressive statistic for such a new part. Fusion based notebooks only just started trickling out over the past few weeks, but based on these figures we expect this will change very soon.
Fusion wasn’t the only winner in AMD’s portfolio for 2010 either, Seifert was proud to report that over 35 million Radeon HD 5000 and HD 6000 series DirectX 11 GPUs have shipped since they hit the market just over one year ago. Numbers like these make the PC one of the bestselling gaming platforms on the market, a point AMD was no doubt trying to drive home.
Intel still dwarfs AMD’s sales several times over, but I’m sure everyone here is glad to see a competitive AMD back on the prowl.
Nvidia has been promising 3D surround gaming for as long as we can remember, but it looks as though Sapphire is going to beat them to market with a home grown ATI based solution. Using a combination of Eyefinity and 3D drivers from iZ3d, the company was able to showcase a working three monitor configuration running games such as Tom Clancy's Hawx, Left for Dead 2, Battle Forge, and even Dirt 2.
"This technology demonstrates that games and applications can be displayed in 3D on multiple screens, and run smoothly, without the need for multiple graphics cards or expensive shutter glasses," said Bill Donnelly, Global PR Director for Sapphire. "This approach uses low cost glasses, and can be run on any system with an ATI-based Sapphire graphics card that has ATI Eyefinity support."
We expect to see more details emerge in the days ahead for the DIY crowd, but you'll still need 120hz monitors to give this a try. Either way this news can't be sitting well with Nvidia's driver team.
DirectX 11 which will debut with the release of Windows 7 is arguably a pretty big deal. The new APIs will enjoy a much larger installed base than its predecessor thanks to backwards compatibility with Vista, and graphical improvements that were teased in DirectX 10 should see a pretty significant performance boost. With the release of Windows 7 nearly upon us, many have been holding off on GPU upgrades until the DX11 parts to start rolling off the line, and this time it appears AMD will beat Nvidia out of the gate with its “Evergreen” series.
This hunch was further re-enforced by a live hands on demonstration provided to PC Perspective at QuakeCon showing a working DX11 graphics card in action. The GPU code named “Future Card” was running several live DirectX 11 SDK simulations, but even more impressive was its ability to launch and run existing DirectX 9 titles. Its one thing to show a tech demo, but it’s even more impressive to prove you have a fully functional card.
It looks like the Radeon HD 5000 series will among the first DX11 cards on the market, and AMD could well be on track for a late 2009 release. Is the race to DirectX 11 a battle Nvidia can afford to lose?