It'll come as little to no surprise that, with the new ATI Radeon HD 5870 video cards fresh on the scene, gaming PC manufacturers are already updating their wares to include the DirectX 11 capable GPU. Maingear is one of the first into the SlashGear inbox, with their Ephex, F131, Prelude, and X-Cube systems all getting friendly with AMD's newest graphics card.
With a press conference imminent, ATI's new DirectX 11 video cards are beginning to make their appearance on retailer shelves. Two cards - the Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 and the ASUS Radeon HD 5870, each marked "Cyprus HT" and with 1GB of memory - have shown up for sale at Newegg, while over at Hexus and The Tech Report they've each been reviewing the new Radeon HD 5870.
News of several graphics cards and notebook GPUs from AMD have leaked, courtesy of the usual shadowy DigiTimes sources. According to the insiders, AMD plan to launch their ATI Radeon HD 5700 series desktop GPUs in October, in the shape of the Radeon HD 5770 and 5750, followed by the Radeon 5870 X2 (R800) in November.
Temped by Crysis on the iPhone? Even with its most recent processor and graphics boost, Apple's 3GS smartphone isn't quite up to that level, but OTOY have been showing off how, thanks to AMD's next-gen GPUs, they can squirt Crysis-level HD gaming across a network to your mobile. AMD demonstrated their next-gen platform's 2.5 teraFLOPS of floating-point power and DirectX 11 abilities this week, and OTOY were on hand to show Ars Technica just how they're using all that power.
AMD have revealed their latest attempt to corner the market in notebook hardware, with the launch of the 2009 AMD Mainstream Notebook Platform "Tigris" and the Second-Generation AMD Ultrathin Platform. Both combine AMD's latest CPUs and ATI-range GPUs, and promise up to 42-percent improved performance in the mainstream range and ultraportables that "visibly outperform" rival systems (such as Intel's CULV, we presume) when it comes to 3D gaming, media processing and more.
AMD are talking up their latest collaboration with manufacturer Clevo, packing the chipmakers' Athlon 64 X2 processor and ATI Radeon HD 4570 graphics into what's described as "an optimal price". While the targets of these new machines - unnamed by the AMD press release and seemingly yet to show up on Clevo's own site - are developing markets, we can't help but think that it's not just Brazil and Taiwan who would like "long battery life" and "exceptional video performance" with a budget price.
We're sure that Toshiba could announce some more things, but this is getting ridiculous. This time around, we've got a laptop, and one that's sure to attract some onlookers, if for anything else because it's Ducati-branded. Getting a name-brand, on top of the manufacturer's name brand, isn't a new practice, especially for company's hoping they can get an extra buck or two from it. Although, it is nice to see an actual Ducati right next to the laptop. It definitely gives the little piece of tech a more attractive appeal.
Apple is one of the most popular brands in computers inside the U.S. and has been using NVIDIA GPUs in many of its products like its line of MacBooks for a while. The NVIDIA 9400 series GPUs that Apple was using were subject to significantly higher than normal failure rates leading to many notebooks failing or having issues with graphics. After such failures, many wouldn't be surprised if Apple is seeking a new GPU supplier for its computers.
Any PC gamer will tell you that the better your video card is the better graphics you get when you play PC games. We see lots of customized NVIDIA video cards with new cooling solutions and other features come across the market, but custom ATI video cards are less common.
AMD made a big song and dance of their new ATI DirectX 11 video card last week, showing it off for the first time at QuakeCon and putting on some heady demonstrations of its indecently high performance. Well, we say "showing it off", but actually AMD kept a tight lid on the physical design of the new card; unfortunately not tight enough to avoid Chiphell getting their hands on some leaked images.
MSI have announced five new notebooks in its C-Series, the 16-inch WXGA CX600, CR600-013 and CR600-017, and the 17.3-inch WXGA++ CX700 and CR700. Each packs a Pentium Dual Core processor - the T4200 2.0GHz, aside from the CR600-017 which gets the slightly faster T4300 2.1GHz - together with 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard-drive.