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AMD Radeon HD 5850, 5870 Leak


AMD Radeon HD 5850, 5870 Leak

With a new Windows operating system out soon, set to bring a new version of DirectX with, it's hardly surprising AMD is preparing a new range of graphics card. And, wouldn't you know, some details of the forthcoming Radeon HD 5870 and Radeon HD 5850 have leaked out a little early.

The two cards will launch in September and should appear in shops in October - conveniently coinciding with Windows 7's availability and fulfilling AMD's promise of DirectX 11 hardware before the end of the year. No performance-revealing details are available, alas, but at least we won't have to wait too long to get those.

With "AMD Stream technology" touted, we know that architecture is still in place, though with an unspecified number of stream processors and the possibility of some of changes to the architecture versus the 4800-series and older Stream-based cards. Programmers after non-Stream-based GPU-acceleration will be pleased to see DirectCompute 5.0 and OpenCL supported.

A tech called AMD Eyefinity enables three displays to be driven from a single graphics card, which is pretty nifty - albeit of niche appeal. Of more widespread appeal will be ATI Avivo HD video processing, made the more useful thanks to both cards' provision of HDMI outputs, in addition to one DisplayPort and dual DVI connectors.

Time to get saving?




August 25, 2009, 11:16 pm

ATi make great cards, but Game Developers hardly make any "decent" games for the PC now. They're either for Xbox or PS3. Shame that!


August 25, 2009, 11:49 pm

Here we go again, lets all rush out and buy a DX11 GC, wait 6 months for a stable driver, a year for the first DX11 game - which then proves too powerful for our shiny new GC - and in the mean time we can all use that extra power to play a bunch of console titles.

It really is a great time to be a PC gamer! lol


August 26, 2009, 12:40 am

@ Sunny

I'm stopping myself from playing certain console games until I can afford the 'full' PC experience: Namely, Crysis, Crysis Warhead, Bioshock, Call of Duty 4, etc.

I love my nice cheap Xbox 360, and pick up older games for £10-20 now and again. However, I grew up playing Unreal, Quake and Half-life with a mouse and refuse to cripple my FPS gaming experience with a thumbstick!

Here's hoping games continue to be deveolped cross-platform.


August 27, 2009, 10:10 am

I'm pretty sure that most people expected the next cards from ATI to be of the form 5800, at least to begin with. I guess this is just confirmation. I am still anticipating performance figures however, for one good reason: nVidia have had to play catchup to get DirectX 11 fully implemented in their next cards. Since DirectX 10.1 is a strict subset of DX11, almost all the work ATI had to do was on verification since they already fully supported DirectX10.1, unlike nVidia, and they can then focus on performance increases. I also expect then that, just like the increased driver stability in Windows 7 (compared to Vista at launch), means I'm going to get a 5870 as soon as it arrives.


In one year most enthusiasts will have upgraded their card again anyway, and the non-enthusiasts wouldn't be purchasing these cards in the first place, they would wait for more mainstream cards to be released, probably early next year. I see your point, but I just don't think it is of particular bearing, since it won't actually affect many people. Early adopters generally have the money to spend buying into new technology, so they are unlikely to have any qualms over buying more at a later date to play games at an acceptable framerate. See above for my opinion on driver quality.

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