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ATI can have its cake and eat it too

It has only been four months since the first DirectX 11 video cards hit the market using GPUs from ATI, the graphics division of AMD. The Radeon HD 5800 series using the Cypress core not only featured exceptional performance, but support for the new standard. Video cards using the new chip sold out almost immediately, and ATI's 5800 sales have been constrained by TSMC's production problems until early December. Supply has risen since then and 5800 series Radeons are now readily available.

The company released the performance mainstream Radeon HD 5700 series in October using a new 40nm chip codenamed Juniper. The smaller chip meant that yields were higher and prices were lower, and many gamers upgrading during the holiday shopping season picked up one of those cards.

On the other hand, the Radeon HD 5970 has been sold out since launch. The most powerful video card in the world has been highly sought after since it was launched in November. ATI has told DailyTech that there should be more 5970s hitting the market soon now that there are more Cypress chips available.

The company also launched its DirectX 11 Mobility Radeon lineup yesterday, with a full range of discrete GPU options ranging from the enthusiast to the mainstream. Those GPUs will be mostly paired up with new 32nm Intel Arrandale CPUs.

DailyTech was at an AMD event last night where the company disclosed that it had sold over 2 million DirectX 11 GPUs, forming a pretty large product base for DX11 game developers that is still steadily growing. A specially commissioned Radeon cake was the highlight of the night.

The ATI Radeon HD 5870 also won the CES 2010 Best of Innovations award in the Computer Hardware category.



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RE: Grats !
By aegisofrime on 1/11/2010 11:34:03 AM , Rating: 2
You are basically asking them to forgo the millions of dollars from console makers.

I hate consoles as much as any hardcore PC gamer, but what you want is just unrealistic.


RE: Grats !
By SlyNine on 1/14/2010 5:29:52 AM , Rating: 2
What I am saying is the death of PC gaming could be the death of ATI/NVidia. Or at least the death of their core business.

They need to consider at least not offering them top of the line parts. I know when the 360 came out the 1900XT wasn't top of the line, but it was close enough, if they would only offer them the equivalent of a 1600XT things would have been much better for their core business, I think. But you know I could be wrong.


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