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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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RE: ATI equivalent?
By Ristogod on 11/3/2009 8:48:40 PM , Rating: 2
Wrong. I owned my 4870X2 for a year with nothing coming out to beat it. nVidia had their dual-gpu solution which was relatively around the same performance.

Also, I run high res with all settings at max. There were plenty of games that still taxed the card. So there are plenty of people who NEED this kind of "bleeding edge" power.

I currently run 2 5870s in Crossfire. I suppose that makes me stupid too huh?

RE: ATI equivalent?
By MonkeyPaw on 11/3/2009 9:28:32 PM , Rating: 5
No, that doesn't make you stupid, but I think that your definition of NEED is what I'd call my definition of WANT.

RE: ATI equivalent?
By The0ne on 11/4/2009 5:58:14 AM , Rating: 2
It could be that he's running max settings on a 20" monitor too. But I can't really complain because if I want to max settings on my 2 30" then I would have to have the best performing cards out there.

However, that's a want and not a need since my single 4870 1GB is plenty enough :D

RE: ATI equivalent?
By MrPoletski on 11/9/2009 11:33:54 AM , Rating: 2
There is no such thing as need, only want.

RE: ATI equivalent?
By Redwin on 11/9/2009 12:48:15 PM , Rating: 2
Need and Want are loaded terms because they are not self defining. You have to say what you NEED or WANT something FOR before it makes any sense.

If you desire to keep living, then you probably NEED to keep breathing. If you don't mind dieing, then its probably only a WANT.

If you desire to run games at full resolution and full speed with all options high at 2560x1600, then you probably NEED a massive multi-gpu video card to accomplish that, otherwise, its probably a WANT.

Saying there's no such thing as a need without providing the context of what it may be needed FOR is kind of pointless though.

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