AMD unveils Radeon HD 7700 series
AMD took its Radeon HD 7000 series to the starter level quickly on Wednesday. The Radeon HD 7750 and 7750 GHz Edition step back in visual processor counts versus the 6700 line, from 720 and 800 cores to 512 and 640 respectively, but make up for it through more than a year's worth of technology. Both the new overall architecture and a shrink to a leaner 28 nanometer building process let the 7750 and 7770 climb to 800MHz and 1GHz core speeds (up from 700MHz and 850MHz).
AMD tries to talk down Thunderbolt
AMD in a comment hoped to minimize the impact of Intel's Thunderbolt technology. It argued that the 10Gbps bandwidth wasn't necessarily enough for video as a DisplayPort connector could handle up to 17Gbps, limiting what a screen attached in a Thunderbolt chain could manage. Any other devices in the link could further reduce the bandwidth and would rule out multiple displays, conveniently including multi-screen arrays using its own Eyefinity technology.
AMD outs powerhouse ATI FirePro V9800 card
AMD has revealed its newest workstation-class graphics card, the ATI FirePro V9800. It flaunts 4GB of GDDR5 RAM and 1,600 stream processors, while supporting maximum resolutions of 2,560x1,600 at 60Hz. The design is an evolution of the FirePro V8800, with double the RAM and improvements in power and efficiency.
ASUS teases new ROG computers, hardware
ASUS at the Computex show kicking off on Tuesday will reveal its new range of Republic of Gamers (ROG) products, including a desktop PC, notebooks, motherboard and graphics cards. Leading the group, the CG8490 desktop is powered by Intel's six-core, 3.33GHz Core i7-980X CPU and has 12GB of RAM. Graphics are handled by dual overclocked Radeon HD 5870 cards with Eyefinity support.
Samsung H03, MD230 and PX2370 appear
Samsung kicked off a slew of product launches today with a series of new displays. The H03 is one of its first LED-lit pico projectors and puts out a brighter-than-average 30 ANSI lumens. Its new choice of lighting helps it last longer, running for up to 30,000 hours of use before it needs a lamp swap.
HP Envy 14 and 17 add optical drives, Eyefinity
HP tonight doubled the size of its Envy line with two new notebooks. Together, the Envy 14 and Envy 17 gun after the MacBook Pro in design but address a common criticism of the 13 and 15: both have slot-loading optical drives and can be used as full desktop replacements for more users. HP told Electronista that optical drives are considered less important but that buyers had been pressing to have DVD and Blu-ray back in the line.
New ATI FirePro promises four displays, one card
AMD signaled a new direction for its workstation-class cards today by unveiling the ATI FirePro 2460 Multi-View. The card is unique in the pro world in carrying four Mini DisplayPort connectors and can use all four at once depending on the configuration, including merged into one or two displays using Eyefinity. It only has 512MB of display memory but can still drive up to three 30-inch displays at once.
ATI Eyefinity supports display across six displays
AMD on Wednesday formally released ATI Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition graphics card, offering 2GB of GDDR5 memory and delivering rendering in excess of 1 billion pixels per second in current generation gaming titles--or up to 12 times more resolution than 1080p HD. The company claims that with up to 2GB of GDDR5 memory users can experience high frame rates and image quality settings in the latest DirectX 11 games in 3- and 6-display gaming setups (using one of five included adapters: 2 mini-DisplayPort-to-DisplayPort adapters, 2 passive mini-DisplayPort-to-DVI dongles, and 1 passive mini-DisplayPort-to-HDMI dongle).
Radeon HD 5830 aims at upper mid-range
AMD today filled out one of the few holes remaining in its current-generation graphics chipsets by launching the ATI Radeon HD 5830 as well as detailing the promised Eyefinity version of the 5870. The 5830 chipset sits exactly between the 5770 and 5850 with 1,120 stream (visual) processors, 56 texture units, an 800MHz core clock and the full 256-bit memory interface. It also carries the same 1GB of GDDR5 memory as its higher-end sibling.
ATI Radeon HD 5970 boasts 3200 cores
AMD on Wednesday bragged of the graphics performance crown with the launch of the ATI Radeon HD 5970. The card uses two 5800 series chipsets on one card to provide the most performance possible. While each has the speed of a 5850 with a 725MHz primary clock speed and 1GHz GDDR5 memory, the 3,200 stream (effects) processors, 160 texture units and 2GB of memory give it as much performance as two 5850s but in half the space.
VESA greenlights mDP
The VESA group today officially released Mini DisplayPort as a finalized standard. Known for short as mDP, the Apple-developed connector can now be used by other companies to attach displays with the expectation that they will meet all the DisplayPort 1.1a specs. It's expected that mDP will find its way into notebooks beyond the MacBook line but also into video cards with many video outputs, such as the upcoming six-display Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity6 Edition.