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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 8.14.10.708 for the Direct3D driver, versus 8.14.10.700 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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RE: ATI equivalent?
By jonmcc33 on 11/3/2009 5:57:35 PM , Rating: 5
People still obsessed with finding SOMETHING that will run Crysis on max settings...even though the game is boring and has no real MP aspect.


RE: ATI equivalent?
By roostitup on 11/3/2009 11:09:52 PM , Rating: 2
Pfft...I've been running Crysis/warhammer on the highest setting with quad SLIed 9800GX2's which were released almost 2 years before this. People wont need these to run Crysis on full detail :-P

If you ask me this ATI card will be overkill and overpriced, but that's what it will take to finally pass up Nvidia. To ATI this is probably their opportunity to finally start getting out of debt and to pass Nvidia. Nvidia got what was coming to them, though. I don't feel sorry for Nvidia one bit!


RE: ATI equivalent?
By BZDTemp on 11/4/2009 7:09:28 AM , Rating: 2
It depends on what resolution you will want to play in - besides who is to say the next game coming out will not need even more power.


RE: ATI equivalent?
By EasyC on 11/4/2009 12:08:14 PM , Rating: 3
I find it amusing that you're calling an ATI card that isn't even released "overpriced" while nVidia just FINALLY lowered their price (gtx 285) to compare with the 5870 price, even though it gets trounced with performance.

Why yes, nVidia. I would like to pay the same/more for less :)


RE: ATI equivalent?
By MrPoletski on 11/9/2009 11:31:49 AM , Rating: 2
Must be said, my 4870x2's let me run crysis at 1920x1200 max details (I draw the line on AA tho).

Crysis is a great game though. I was disappointed with the low grav end bit, but the second story was even better and did not suffer that issue.

As for MP, when it first came out, it sucked, but nowadays, crysis wars has it fairly well fixed and there are quite a few decent servers out there. Unfortunately I think they missed the boat a little and didn't get as many people playing power struggle (the only mode worth playing crysis mp.. WHERE IS MY CTF?!?) as would have done the game justice.

Now they need to focus on more maps and stuff.

I will be buying crysis 2 the day it comes out or the day I decide to get my DX11 upgrade, whichever comes last.


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