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
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.
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.