Congrats, AMD! Your Radeon HD 6000 Series is the first of its kind to achieve DisplayPort
1.2 Source Certification! What does that mean for the future? According to the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), those graphics products -- including the AMD Radeon HD 6990 -- are the first source devices to achieve DisplayPort Version 1.2 certification. AMD received certification from Granite River Labs, a Santa Clara, California-based VESA DisplayPort Authorized Test Center (ATC), for support of DisplayPort's new 5.4Gbps (gigabits-per-second) HBR2 (High Bit Rate 2) data link rate. These same AMD Radeon HD 6000 graphics products also include additional features from the DisplayPort 1.2 standard, such as multi-stream transport (MST) and Full High Definition (HD) 3D stereoscopic display support.
"Achieving DisplayPort 1.2 Source device certification is an important milestone for us," said David Cummings, director, Graphics Technical Marketing, AMD. "With DisplayPort, we are able to go beyond offering enthusiast gamers faster performance and advanced image quality features. Depending on the GPU model, we can now offer dozens of multi-monitor configuration options up to and including six simultaneous displays, flexibility in display selection, and new DisplayPort audio features, creating an ultra-immersive visual environment for the ultimate gaming experience."
By doubling the maximum data transfer rate to 21.6Gbps, the HBR2 link rate offered by VESA's DisplayPort Version 1.2 standard significantly enhances display and audio performance. This includes increased display resolution, color depths and refresh rates, improved support for Full HD 3D stereoscopic displays, and with MST, better support for multiple monitors connected to a single DisplayPort receptacle. These features make DisplayPort the best choice for high performance PC gaming, prompting increased demand for DisplayPort 1.2 certified products.
Needless to say, we doubt AMD
's stopping here, and if you're interested in finally tossing VGA to the curb and looking ahead, you should be one happy gamer.