AMD's Radeon HD 6000 GPU Series Nets DisplayPort v1.2 Certification

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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.
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JOliver replied on Sun, Dec 11 2011 1:46 PM

AMD hardware is awsome, AMD drivers arn't. AMD needs a more robust agile driver team.

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MMaddox replied on Sun, Dec 11 2011 1:53 PM

That they do, Currently waiting for their next set to post to clear up some AC:R Graphical glitches.

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Dec 11 2011 1:54 PM

Cool... I guess we'll be seeing an increased variety of quality DisplayPort monitors now that AMD is onboard.

 

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So using a display port connector will provide better graphics than using VGA?

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Nice, I am glad to see VGA kicked to the curb. Next step is reducing the cost of the display port connectors!

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OSunday replied on Sun, Dec 11 2011 7:14 PM

So future generations of AMD 6000 series will be Display port 1.2 certified, or all AMD 6000 series cards (including those already released) may or do have the capability to run and support display port 1.2?

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@OSunday, existing ones are good to go, from what I've read (softpedia, etc). New (and better) technology being adopted is always a good thing in my book. The end of VGA couldn't come fast enough.

I just wish the AMD drivers were as good as NVIDIA's. They also need to do more in terms of connecting with developers and institutions to adopt its technologies (where's "Havok"? compare that to PhysX and CUDA).

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while ATI's drivers still need some work they are loads better then they were 3 years ago...

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vorthex replied on Tue, Dec 13 2011 7:14 AM

Very cool. now all we need is these things to sell at a fair price. guess I'll be having to upgrade my motherboard to take advantage of this though.

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I Agree 100% That's the solo REASON I LOVE NIVIDIA, There Driver's are amazing and easy to get, and install like a dream. Until AMD Can Step up there serves i wouldn't touch there Graphic's card, Im stuck with AMD motherboard right now and i need to install xp on my system just to update the bios, AND THAT is just sad Honestly.

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That is very true, and with the new GPUs and new catalyst (custom profiles for each application FINALLY) perhaps we'll see more progress on that front.

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