AMD's new Radeon HD 6900 series video cards have officially launched, in the shape of the AMD Radeon HD 6950 and the Radeon HD 6970. Slotting in at the top end of AMD's range, the new cards replace the Radeon HD 5870 from late-2009 with DirectX 11 support, boosted tessellation and image quality - the former up to 2.9x that of the HD 5870 - and 2GB of video memory.
Apple's future processor and GPU plans are the subject of numerous leaks today, with sources revealing that the company has been testing Intel Sandy Bridge Core iX chips for several months now, ahead of including them in future MacBook Pro and Mac Pro models, among others. Meanwhile, the company is also tipped to be considering solely using Sandy Bridge integrated graphics in its entry-level notebooks and ultraportables, while higher-end machines would switch from NVIDIA chips to AMD's Radeon range.
AMD's reportedly delayed Radeon HD 6970/6950 GPUs are apparently on course for release in the third week of December 2010, though initial supplies of the new chips are expected to be limited. Quoting sources at video card manufacturers, DigiTimes claims that AMD will price the new Radeon HD 6970 at around $50-70 less than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580.
New details on AMD's Radeon HD 6900 series graphics cards have been squeezed out over the weekend, with live shots of the Radeon HD 6970 arriving at ZOL together with some early specifications at Fudzilla. According to the leaks, the Cayman-based video card will tote 1,536 stream processors, along with 32 ROPs, 96 texture units and a full 2GB of GDDR5 memory.
For many years there were no factory overclocked video cards from ATI partners. If you wanted an ATI card with more performance, you had to do the overclocking yourself. Over the last, few years there have started to be a number of factory overclocked ATI cards on the market for the folks that don’t have the time or inclination to overclock themselves.
AMD's latest Radeon HD 6870 and 6850 GPUs are official, and ASUS has wasted no time slapping them into a couple of new video cards. However, they've also taken a few liberties and made some tweaks of their own; the ASUS EAH6850 DirectCU/2DIS/1GD5 and EAH6870/2DI2S/1GD5 cards are each overclocked out of the box, to 790MHz and 913MHz respectively, and they each get the company's Voltage Tweak tech which promises up to 50-percent performance boost over the AMD reference design.
AMD has released teaser photos of its upcoming Radeon HD 6800-series graphics card, which the company claims will see an official reveal on Friday. According to ExtremeTech, the new cards - previously known as "Northern Islands" - will be the AMD Radeon HD 6870 and AMD Radeon HD 6850; however AMD is playing coy with specifications.
We've had our fair share of beastly desktops on the SlashGear test bench, but the Acer Predator AG5900-U3092 probably has the most distinctive design. Etched with bright orange pinstripes, the new Predator is pretty striking for its internal components too: an Intel Core i7 chip, fast ATI graphics and more. Check out the full SlashGear review of this $1,350 gaming PC after the cut.
On a Chinese-based website called Chiphell, details on AMD's upcoming Radeon HD 6700 Series graphics cards broke cover, offering up pretty much every bit of detail that people would be interested in, all in an organized fashion. The new series is set to replace the Radeon 5700 series, and AMD (at least on the leaked image) says that the new series will offer up "twice the horsepower" compared to the previous chips.
Today AMD announced that they are retiring the ATI brand entirely from their branding and marketing. This is a move that I have been expecting for some time now since it has been one of the more prominent discussions at the last few AMD Analyst Summits I have attended.
It has become blatantly clear over the past few years that the “speeds and feeds” marketing by manufacturers of personal computers was becoming less relevant to the decision making process of mainstream consumers. This is why both AMD and Intel are taking very different approaches with their partners on how to position and market to consumers.
Fujitsu's latest external-graphics notebook has been revealed, the LIFEBOOK AH530 GFX, offloading its ATI Mobility Radeon HD550v 1GB video card to make for a more portable main unit. Based on May's original AH530, complete with optional Core i3, i5 or i7 processors, Blu ray or DVD drives, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 500GB HDD, the AH530 GFX gives desktop users an alternative to the standard notebook's Intel HD GPU.