AMD readies DisplayPort equipped RV635 for early 2008

ATI hasn’t exactly flourished since it was purchased by chipmaker AMD. ATI market share continues to drop for discrete products while NVIDIA posts record profits.

The most recent launches from ATI, the HD 2900 GT came without much of a whimper, though the HD 3850/3870 cards that were launched last month performed decently. The one thing that AMD has going for it recently is competitive price points.

HotHardware has its hands on a new ATI graphics card, the RV635 to be exact, and the card comes equipped with DisplayPort. In addition to the DisplayPort interfaces, the card includes a DVI-D port as well. DailyTech first reported in August of 2007 that ATI was going to launch DisplayPort equipped R700 and RS780 graphics cards in 2008.

At this time, there are no DisplayPort monitors on the market, but as DailyTech reported in July of 2007, Samsung will have DisplayPort LCDs ready about the same time the graphics card hit market. HotHardware says they are testing the card with an unreleased DisplayPort equipped LCD, but don’t name the brand used.

The most interesting feature of DisplayPort equipped video cards is the ability to daisy-chain displays with only one connection from the video card to your displays. The new DisplayPort interface has a higher bandwidth and the ability to carry 8-channel 24-bit audio as well as auxiliary communications devices like microphones.

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