AMD today officially announced the arrival of the ATI Radeon
HD 2600 and ATI Radeon HD 2400 series, the mid-range and
entry-level graphics processors in the ATI Radeon HD 2000
These next-generation graphics processing units (GPU)
support Windows Vista with DirectX 10 graphics, and built-in
multimedia functions to deliver HD video playback on the PC.
Prices range from USD $89-$149 (SEP) for the ATI Radeon HD
2600 series and USD $50-$85 (SEP) for the ATI Radeon HD 2400
The ATI Radeon HD 2600 and ATI Radeon HD 2400 series promise
to deliver remarkable gaming performance. The new chips sport more than half a billion transistors, hundreds of processing engines and accompanied by more than half a gigabyte of memory. The DirectX 10 support is definitely the strong weapon of the new cards, although only a handful of games take advantage of DirectX 10 now. Highly anticipated releases are expected later this year including jungle shooter "Crysis," online role-playing game "Age of Conan" and "Unreal Tournament 3" .
The second-generation unified shader architecture delivers a
balance of high performance, advanced visual effects and
realism for both the casual and avid gamer. Both series
feature native ATI CrossFire technology, allowing for a
wider variety of multi-GPU configurations, for all those
gamers who want more horsepower.
Both series also feature the Unified Video Decoder (UVD) for hardware HD video processing and HDMI with built-in HD audio controller for easy connection to big-screens.
With support for Blu-ray discs and HD DVDs, CyberLink's
PowerDVD Ultra, now offers support for UVD technology from
AMD, promising low CPU utilization.
Using an energy-efficient 65 nm process technology to reduce
power consumption, certain ATI Radeon HD 2600 series and ATI
Radeon HD 2400 series models are designed to be passively cooled for a quieter home theatre experience. Availability for both products is expected in early July.