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New card will likely be the most powerful solution on the market when it lands late this month

The AMD/ATI success story in the GPU sector has shown little signs of fading with the transition from the 4000 series to the 5000 series.  Continuing its competitive pricing, AMD's 5870, 5850, 5770 and 5750, the world's first DirectX 11 GPUs, are all showing strong sales in their respective price ranges, leaving NVIDIA in a painful wait for its Fermi series to reach market readiness.

Now AMD is reportedly preparing to take the single-card performance crown, currently held by the GTX 295 away from NVIDIA, with the release of a dual GPU single-slot, single-printed circuit board solution.  Codenamed Hemlock, the card was initially named 5870 X2, a designation that was reportedly scrapped in favor of the name HD 5970.

Alienbabeltech has leaked what may be the first images of the new card and it looks to be a beast in every way.  Measuring 13.5 inches (34.29 cm) long, the prototype 5970 has no reason to feel insecure -- after all, it's endowed with presumably the longest PCB on a mass-produced graphics card to date.  It's reportedly a struggle to fit the card inside even full size tower cases like the Antec 1200. It is unknown if these dimensions will carry over to the production card.

The leaked card was perhaps running the leaked Catalyst 9.11 drivers, as the version number in CPU-Z was listed as for the Direct3D driver, versus on Catalyst 9.10.  Benchmarks showing the card trouncing the NVIDIA GTX 295 in performance were aired then quickly removed at AMD's request.  If these benchmarks holds true, it appears that AMD will wrest the title of having the most powerful single-card solution, at least temporarily, from NVIDIA.

A few scraps of information remained after much of the info was pulled -- apparently the fan will run at 4700 rpm under load.  And the card uses one 8-pin and one 6-pin power connector.  Pictures also remained posted

According to previously released information, the card will launch late this month and will likely hold the performance crown until NVIDIA launches its DirectX 11 offerings.  The card is expected to feature 2 GB of GDDR5 memory and a thrid-party PCI-E bridge, similar to Radeon HD 4800 X2 cards.  DisplayPort, DVI, and HDMI connections are all included, as would be expected.

Accompanying the HD 5970 will be a dual-GPU variant of the 5850, dubbed the HD 5950.  No pricing has been announced, but thus far AMD has been very aggressive with the pricing of its 5000 series.

According to AnandTech, NVIDIA's Fermi, which has been delayed already, won't reach general availability until, at the earliest, Q1 2010.  That means that for the holiday season, it appears that the highest end solutions will likely carry the HD 5970 and HD 5950.  However, it is rumored that AMD may have supply issues with the HD 5950 and HD 5970 in the first months of availability, so don't count on your HD 5970 dream machine until it arrives.

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i love my case
By kattanna on 11/3/2009 4:40:52 PM , Rating: 2
ive got one of those antec 1200 cases you have showing, and its simply the best case i have ever had.

there is no such thing as anywhere without lots of air flowing.

RE: i love my case
By Ratinator on 11/3/2009 5:22:13 PM , Rating: 2
If this is an indication of things to come, my HAF 932 I just bought last week has now become too small.

RE: i love my case
By FITCamaro on 11/3/2009 5:46:27 PM , Rating: 2
I've got a Lian Li V2000B. But I'm a long ways away from building a new computer. Granted I don't think I need much more than the Q6600 @ 3GHz with 8GB of RAM I currently have. If anything I'll just need to throw a new GPU in it.

RE: i love my case
By Spuke on 11/3/2009 7:19:42 PM , Rating: 2
If anything I'll just need to throw a new GPU in it.
That's all I'm going to do. Well, that and a new power supply. I think the 550W can be upgraded now. ;)

RE: i love my case
By jonmcc33 on 11/3/2009 5:58:51 PM , Rating: 2
Same thing as an Antec 900 but taller. This video card will of course fit in that as well.

RE: i love my case
By The0ne on 11/4/2009 6:02:39 AM , Rating: 2
It will fit but you lose a couple of HD bays. I lose 2 with my 4870 already and the front is sticking out because I'm using them. Why? Because you see there are cables that has to attached to the HD and the video card will prevent you from having a nice enclosed system.

With 13" I wouldn't hold your breath, you won't be able to route your HD cables, less any cables behind the card.

RE: i love my case
By The0ne on 11/4/09, Rating: 0
RE: i love my case
By ET on 11/4/2009 6:59:41 AM , Rating: 2
"Judging from the photos, they look to be on the end"

A figure a new pair of glasses is in order for you. Click on the top picture and take a better look.

RE: i love my case
By MrPoletski on 11/4/2009 9:10:59 AM , Rating: 2
*seconded that motion*

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