AMD will initially release two cards: the ATI Radeon HD 5870 and the ATI Radeon HD 5850, each with 1GB GDDR5 memory. With the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series of graphics cards, PC users can expand their computing experience with ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology, accelerate their computing experience with ATI Stream technology, and enjoy higher gaming performance and full support of Microsoft DirectX 11.
"With the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series of graphics cards driven by the most powerful processor on the planet, AMD is changing the game, both in terms of performance and the experience," said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, Products Group, AMD. "As the first to market with full DirectX 11 support, an unmatched experience made possible with ATI Eyefinity technology, and ATI Stream technology harnessing open standards designed to help make Windows 7 that much better, I can say with confidence that AMD is the undisputed leader in graphics once more."
Modeled on the full DirectX 11 specifications, the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series of graphics cards delivers up to 2.72 TeraFLOPS of compute power in a single card, translating to superior performance in the latest DirectX 11 games, as well as in DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL titles in single card configurations or multi-card configurations using ATI CrossFireX technology. When measured in terms of performance experienced in some of today?s most popular games, the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series is up to twice as fast as the closest competing product in its class, allowing gamers to enjoy incredible new DirectX 11 games ? including the forthcoming DiRT 2 from Codemasters, and Aliens vs. Predator from Rebellion, and updated version of The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online Eberron Unlimited from Turbine.
The ATI Radeon HD 5800 series of graphics cards is two generations ahead of DirectX 10.0 support, and features 6th generation evolved AMD tessellation technology, 3rd generation evolved GDDR5 support, 2nd generation evolved 40nm process technology, and a feature-rich compute shader.
The DirectX 11 API was developed on AMD graphics hardware and represents the cornerstone of DirectX 11 gaming. All initial DirectX 11 games were developed and/or continue to be developed on AMD DirectX 11 hardware. More than 20 DirectX 11 games are currently in development, according to AMD.
Windows 7 is the first compute-capable operating system and the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series of graphics cards with ATI Stream technology accelerate it like nothing else, being the first and only card to support DirectCompute 11.
Users can also arrange one to three displays using the ATI Radeon HD 5870 and ATI Radeon HD 5850 graphics cards, or up to six displays using the forthcoming ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity graphics card, in a variety of configurations - any mix of portrait or landscape.
The ATI Radeon HD 5800 series of graphics cards is supported by a dozen add-in-board companies, including ASUS, Club 3D, Diamond Multimedia, Force3D, GIGABYTE, HIS (Hightech Information Systems), MSI, Multimedia, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE Technology, VisionTek and XFX.
AMD also talked provided details about its GPU roadmap for 2009-2010. This inlcudes the "Cypress", "Hemlock" and the "Juniper" GPUS for 2009 and the "Redwood" and "Cedar" for Q1 of 2010.
|ATI Radeon HD 5850||ATI Radeon HD 5870|
|Engine clock speed:||725 MHz||850 MHz|
|Processing power (single precision)||2.09 TeraFLOPS||2.72 TeraFLOPS|
|Processing power (double precision)||418 GigaFLOPS||544 GigaFLOPS|
|Polygon throughput||725M polygons/sec||850M polygons/sec|
|Data fetch rate (32-bit)||209 billion fetches/sec||272 billion fetches/sec|
|Texel fill rate (bilinear filtered)||52.2 Gigatexels/sec||68 Gigatexels/sec|
|Pixel fill rate||23.2 Gigapixels/sec||27.2 Gigapixels/sec|
|Anti-aliased pixel fill rate||92.8 Gigasamples/sec||108.8 Gigasamples/sec|
|Memory clock speed||1 GHz||1.2 GHz|
|Memory data rate||4.0 Gbps||4.8 Gbps|
|Memory bandwidth||128 GB/sec||153.6 GB/sec|
|Maximum board power||151 Watts||188 Watts|
|Idle board power||27 Watts||27 Watts|
|Stream Processing Units||1440||1600|
|Z/Stencil ROP Units||128||128|
|Color ROP Units||32||32|
|Bus interface||PCI Express 2.1 x16||PCI Express 2.1 x16|
|Integrated dual-link DVI output with HDCP||Yes|
|Integrated DisplayPort output||Yes|
|Integrated HDMI 1.3 output with Deep Color, xvYCC wide gamut support, and high bit-rate audio||Yes|
|3D stereoscopic display/glasses support||Yes|
|Integrated HD audio controller||