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AMD Introduces ATI Radeon HD 5970: Fastest Graphics Card in the World

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AMD today announced the flagship installment in the award-winning line of graphics cards, the ATI Radeon HD 5970, the fastest card ever created. The new ultra high-end model joins a growing list of the world's first and only graphics cards to fully support Microsoft DirectX 11 technology and ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology.

Designed to support the most demanding PC games at ultra-high resolutions and image quality settings, the ATI Radeon HD 5970 has unlocked overclocking potential, granting access to every bit of power the card has to offer through ATI Overdrive technology. Now shipping from retailers and available in the channel, the ATI Radeon HD 5970 also launches today in new Alienware Area-51, Area-51 ALX and Aurora desktop PCs.



Record-breaking overclocking capabilities take Dragon Platform technology to the forefront for users that demand the utmost control in performance tuning. The unrivaled overclocking capabilities of the ATI Radeon HD 5970 are enabled by the unique design of the card, which features advanced fan and vapor chamber technologies and a fully vented exhaust to keep the card cool and ensure overclocking headroom using ATI Overdrive technology. The formidable combination of AMD Phenom II processors, AMD 7-Series chipsets, and ATI Radeon HD graphics deliver comprehensive tuning, immersive entertainment, and outstanding value.

Enthusiasts can expand their field of view, ATI Radeon HD 5970, driving up to three displays at once, delivering an unmatched maximum resolution of 7680x1600 and creating an unparalleled game play experience.3 For the first time ever, ATI CrossFireX technology leverages the power of multiple graphics processors to deliver even more game performance in 20 of today's popular titles when using ATI Eyefinity technology, with more to come.

The ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics card delivers nearly 5 TeraFLOPS of compute power, ensuring superior performance in the latest DirectX 11 games, as well as in previous versions of DirectX and OpenGL titles. With the world's most powerful graphics core built on 40nm process technology harnessing up to 3,200 stream processors, gamers can enjoy DirectX 11 games now, such as EA Phenomic's BattleForge and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.:Call of Pripyat from GSC Game World, with many more titles on the way, including:
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2 from EA DICE
  • DiRT 2 from Codemasters, arriving December 1, 2009,
  • Aliens vs. Predator from Rebellion,
  • Update to The Lord of the Rings Online from Turbine,
  • Update to Dungeons and Dragons Online Eberron Unlimited from Turbine.
New features and functionality of ATI Stream technology allow users to harness the ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics card to enhance their computing experience, helping to improve the performance of enabled media, entertainment and productivity applications. ATI Stream technology and the HD 5970 support both Direct Compute 11 and OpenCL industry standards for application acceleration.

Delivering full-fledged performance when needed, the ATI Radeon HD 5970 also leads in power efficiency by automatically powering down unused GPU resources when not in use, resulting in idle desktop power consumption as low as 42 watts.

The ATI Radeon HD 5970 is supported by a wide range of add-in-board companies, including ASK, Asus, Club 3D, Diamond, Gigabyte, High Tech, MSI, Sapphire, Tul/Power Color, Visiontek and XFX.

"With the arrival of the ATI Radeon HD 5970, the fastest graphics card in the world, we've cemented AMD as the unquestioned graphics leader," said Matt Skynner, vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics Group. "With the holiday shopping season right around the corner, the new card, coupled with the awesome power of ATI Eyefinity technology, is the ultimate setup for serious gamers."

"The extraordinary performance of the ATI Radeon HD 5970 is a perfect match for the Alienware Area-51, Area-51 ALX and Aurora desktops," said Frank Azor, senior product planning manager, Dell Gaming. "By offering this level of graphics capability as well as the visual and performance enhancements made possible by DirectX 11 hardware, gamers will benefit from enhanced image quality enabling an incredibly intense gaming experience."

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That's VERY BAD, NASTY card! I want this card! NOW!
 
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"to improve the performance of enabled media, entertainment and productivity applications."

Lol, that's cheesy.

Like there would actually be any softwares utilizing hell their own AVIVO doesn't even use GPU to compute it uses 1 single CPU even on 9.12 drivers and playback of HD is still processed through CPU unless you got 1 specific program.


Still this is one damn monster what goes to hardware side.
 

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yeah i wanna see a user video of crysis being ran by this card and on MAXXXX settings.
 
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Jesus Christ. It actually owned Crysis.
 
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I visited Scan.co.uk yesterday and they said they were getting them in today :) (18/11/09)
 
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They're on UK etailers now... £470 is the cheapest model... think i'll be waiting for price drops...(no matter how much it destroys crysis)

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prices on the etailers are jumping all over the place - one refresh on ebuyer and the minimum price went up £20 :(
 
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Wow, that is some price. Evan if this could fit in my case, I don't think I could push to the extra £170 :/

One week after the 5870 came out, the price was bumped up by £35 which was kind of annoying.
 
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That's an outstanding price for the UK!

much cheaper then buying two 5870s then doing crossfire.
 

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"to improve the performance of enabled media, entertainment and productivity applications."

Lol, that's cheesy.

Like there would actually be any softwares utilizing hell their own AVIVO doesn't even use GPU to compute it uses 1 single CPU even on 9.12 drivers and playback of HD is still processed through CPU unless you got 1 specific program.


Still this is one damn monster what goes to hardware side.
they are talking about Adobe Flash 10.1 with hardware support using MS's DXVA and ATI's UVD2
 

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they are talking about Adobe Flash 10.1 with hardware support using MS's DXVA and ATI's UVD2
all adobe did was switch their renderer to dxva so it uses the generic acceleration .. it will work on any card from any manufacturer that accelerates h264. ati and nv are just hyping it now the same way they called photoshop's opengl use "gpgpu"
 
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it owned crysis but i bet it won't the next one

however this card ,except this particular game,has too much power 200-400 fps when the lcd's are limited to 60 max 100...
 
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you can get 120hz lcds easily now.

And above that.
 
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That's an outstanding price for the UK!

much cheaper then buying two 5870s then doing crossfire.
Yep. £600 vs £480

Interestingly Sapphire have already done an OC model. Albeit with a piddling overclock of 735/1010 - but it is only a tenner or so more than the normal model.
 
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just out of curiosity how big is the demand for such power? not to be able to say you have such card but the actual need in your rigs?
 
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Not that I can afford it.

bah if I had a job this would be something I would love to spunk half a months wages on ha ha
 
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you can get 120hz lcds easily now.

And above that.
you can have 120hz lcd but the problem is the real response time of the pixel;we're fooled by producers with 2ms gtg but is not real;you won't see any difference between 60hz and 120hz when the response time of the panel is same

is a trick of producer only to boost sells :laugh:
 
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That's not true at all, response is precisely what the name implies, how quickly the monitor will make a change based on input from the computer.

Its a delay nothing to do with refresh rates.

120hz is 120 hz regardless of response time : ]



Example

120hz monitor 1 second response time, it be like playing a game with epic lag, you'll get killed by everything and won't be able to aim properly but the animation will still be able to display 120 frames per second.
 
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That's not true at all, response is precisely what the name implies, how quickly the monitor will make a change based on input from the computer.

Its a delay nothing to do with refresh rates.

120hz is 120 hz regardless of response time : ]



Example

120hz monitor 1 second response time, it be like playing a game with epic lag, you'll get killed by everything and won't be able to aim properly but the animation will still be able to display 120 frames per second.
this is kinda off-topic, but whatever.

120Hz TVs are there to eliminate "uneven" framerate conversions.

NO TV out there can actually take a 120Hz input.
 
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