AMD has today officially unveiled the names of its upcoming new graphics cards and they are the AMD Radeon HD 6870 and AMD Radeon HD 6850. So no surprises there then, given that AMD has now dropped the ATI brand, and the previous generation cards had naming schemes along the lines of the HD 5870 and HD 5850.
We've also been given permission to publish images of the cards so you can get a glimpse of what's in store.
The new cards build upon the technology developed in the previous generation but rather than being direct upgrades from the above cards, AMD has repositioned them in the market. However, we can't yet talk about the specifics of what you can expect in terms of performance.
Also visible from these pictures is the new video output configuration, which consists of two mini-displayport, HDMI, and two DVI, making for a truly monster number of display options.
The overall design of the cards has also changed slightly with less of a bat-mobile look and feel and more of a... strawberry gateau(?) vibe, thanks to the black and red layer effect.
Of course the real proof of the pudding will be in how it performs and how much it costs, both of which we will be able to reveal to you very shortly. So, if you're looking to upgrade your PCs gaming performance or get the best from graphics cards accelerated programs like Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Premier CS5 then keep your eyes peeled over the coming days.
Correction: The original version of this article incorrectly implied that the HD 6870 was the new flagship product in AMD's graphics card range. This has now been corrected to more closely reflect how these cards should actually perform.