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  (Source: All pictures from AlienBabelTech)
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 bighairycamel on 11/3/2009 6:08:18 PM , Rating: 5
Keep in mind these are leaked "prototype" pics. The first site I read about this thing said it will likely not be 13" long and this is just the engineering sample. Wait until they start sending the real ones to reviewers before you all start modding your cases.


RE: ATI equivalent?
By bighairycamel on 11/3/2009 6:13:32 PM , Rating: 2
I also wanted to add that the guy who leaked these pics (they call him DJ on alienbabel) can't be the sharpest tool in the shed. How many of these prototypes went around so that this guy can feel safely anonymous? I think it's probably a safe bet ATI knows exactly who leaked the pics.


RE: ATI equivalent?
By just4U on 11/3/2009 7:48:06 PM , Rating: 5
While that may be so I'd lay money on AMD actually giving their consent in a round about way to leak it. It's a win situation for them and keep the Radeon in the news for all that much longer.


RE: ATI equivalent?
By StevoLincolnite on 11/3/2009 10:28:19 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Keep in mind these are leaked "prototype" pics. The first site I read about this thing said it will likely not be 13" long and this is just the engineering sample. Wait until they start sending the real ones to reviewers before you all start modding your cases.


I remember when my Voodoo 5 5500 was 9.5" long, and the up-coming Voodoo 6 6000 was going to be even longer. (It would have been a 4 GPU one-PCB solution). - Everyone complained about the length of the cards back then...

I personally doubt there will be much change in card length between the engineering sample and the production sample, but AMD/ATI might make cost reductions in the future which might include using a smaller PCB.
Plus the 3rd party's like HIS, Saphire etc' might make there own alterations to the design as well.

I guess we will have to wait and see! - I personally never buy the fastest of the fastest GPU or CPU, I find better value in the mid-range/mid-high-end range of parts. (Like the 4670/4830).


RE: ATI equivalent?
By leexgx on 11/5/2009 12:25:28 AM , Rating: 2
the will not make an card bigger then 11.5" as it not fit in most cases apart from thermaltake armor type of cases or simmer type of cases (getting an 9800gx2 into my old case was funi had to put the end where the power connectors back end in first before i could put the other end in, and not use 2 hard drive bays)


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