So not to long ago we learned of ATI’s new 3800 series graphics cards, and already Toshiba is dropping a notebook with the mobile versions of those chips in it. Its Japan only, but still, that’s a pretty quick turn around time.
It’s a 15.4” Dynabook with the HD 3800 chip in it, the Intel PM 965 Express chipset, and a Core 2 Duo T7500 processor. Not a bad show for what I believe is the first notebook to feature the ATI Radeon HD 3800 chipset, I wonder how much video RAM it comes with and whether its GDDR3 or GDDR4.
That means you can start expecting to see the new mobile graphics chips in your favorite high end laptop manufacturers product lines. They both work with DX9 and DX10 and include PowerMizer tech to keep power usage down when you aren’t gaming or watching HD content.
I had the pleasure of toying around with the Alienware laptop we got in the other day, and I must admit, I am impressed with how far mobile graphics has come. I mean, my last laptop had 64MB of shared graphics memory on a Radeon 9600 chipset, needless to say these chips, and those in the Alienware are a significant improvement.
So today, AMD released the worlds first comprehensive PC building platform, it involves a specific chipset, processor, and graphics solution, all three of which come from AMD. The platform has been given the codename of Spider.
The platform is based on the upcoming Quad-Core Phenom processors from AMD, as well as AMD’s 7 series chipset. Then to round out the set they included the new ATI Radeon 3800 series graphics cards.
The prices are from $1499 to $2399 in one of 4 pre-configured configurations. The max out with an Intel C2D E6550, 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth 2.0, an 8-in-1 card reader, WiFi in a/b/g/n flavors, a 256MB ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO, and a half terabyte 7200 RPM HDD.
Not a bad computer all in, its just too bad Dell doesn’t have a brain of their own and they have to not only leech PC designs from other companies (Apple, Gateway), but they also have to go so far as to steal the name too (Gateway ONE). God, I hope to god that Gateway sues their asses off.
The new 3850 and 3870 Radeon HD cards are offering up the same features as the 2600 series, but at a cheaper price. These cards have DX10 support, albeit according to OpenGL 2.0 features.
They also offer up support for CrossFire X which allows up to 4 of these cards to be slapped together in some sort of dual CrossFire configuration. The 55nm core allows these cards to offer up nearly double the performance per watt compared to the 2600 series, which means they can work cooler, and even without active cooling.
I don’t fully comprehend the numbering system for products where a significantly higher number equates to a significantly mid-level performing product. But whatever, ATI’s 3800 series of their HD graphics cards will be released in November and they are all going to hit somewhere between the HD2600 and they HD2900.
The differences are fairly significant too, there are smaller process processors at 55nm, down from 65 on other units, 320 stream processors, and a 256-bit memory pathway. The top end cards are aimed quite squarely at the nVidia 8800 GT that is coming out soon.
AMD introduces its new Radeon HD 2900 pro graphic card today, a mainstream version of 2900 XT. The ATI Radeon HD 2900 Pro is clocked at 600Mhz with 512MB of GDDR3 memory that runs at 800Mhz.