Wednesday, March 31, 2010

AMD Finally Rolls Out the Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6

Back when AMD announced its new Radeon HD 5xxx series of GPUs, the Sunnyvale, California-based graphics chip maker also introduced its new Eyefinity technology, a solution that would enable Radeon HD 5xxx users to enjoy a different visual experience on their cards. On that note, today the company is launching the Eyefinity 6, a Radeon HD 5870 graphics card that has been equipped with no less than 2GB of memory and 6 DisplayPorts. According to AMD, the card is capable of rendering in excess of 1 billion pixels per second in today's titles.

“The ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition graphics card opens the door to a new era in personal computing,” said Matt Skynner, vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics Division. “With the ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition, PC users get the ultimate panoramic computing experience in one powerful card. By bridging the innovation in ATI Eyefinity technology with broad ecosystem support, AMD is revolutionizing the PC visual experience.”

The specifications of the card are pretty much in line with those that are available on the standard version of AMD's Radeon HD 5870. There's a Cypress GPU clocked at 850MHz, coupled with 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1.2GHz and 1600 Stream Processing units. There's the same support for DirectX 11 5.0, DirectCompute 11, Shader Model 5.0 and OpenGL 3.2. In fact, the major difference that can be noticed on the new card from AMD is the 6 DisplayPort connectors that will enable consumers to set up a large Eyefinity 6 configuration.

Unfortunately, there are no details regarding the pricing and availability of this card, but be sure to keep a close eye on the upcoming release from the company's board partners. In addition, take notice of the new Catalyst 10.3 drivers suite, which adds a number of enhancements and new features that have been specifically designed for the Eyefinity technology.