Items tagged with Radeon HD

When AMD released the Radeon HD 2900 XT in May of last year, we were left with a bitter taste in our mouths.  Not because the product was all that bad, but because it seemed AMD was content to leave NVIDIA uncontested at the high-end of the 3D graphics card market.  If you remember, when the Radeon HD 2900 XT launched AMD had targeted the mid-range GeForce 8800 GTS, and not NVIDIA’s high-end 8800 GTX or Ultra.  It seemed as if AMD just didn’t want to be in the fight for 3D graphics supremacy any longer and enthusiasts like yourselves, who seek nothing but the highest performing products, were left with only a single option. Thankfully things have changed in the last few months. ... Read more...
When AMD released the Radeon HD 2900 XT in May of last year, we were left with a bitter taste in our mouths.  Not because the product was all that bad, but because it seemed AMD was content to leave NVIDIA uncontested at the high-end of the 3D graphics card market.  If you remember, when the Radeon HD 2900 XT launched AMD had targeted the mid-range GeForce 8800 GTS, and not NVIDIA’s high-end 8800 GTX or Ultra.  It seemed as if AMD just didn’t want to be in the fight for 3D graphics supremacy any longer and enthusiasts like yourselves, who seek nothing but the highest performing products, were left with only a single option. Thankfully things have changed in the last few months. ... Read more...
HIS introduces the HIS Radeon™ HD 3450 Silence (Full HD 1080p)HDMI 256MB (64bit) DDR2, delivering the ultimate silence solution for hometheater PC!Hong Kong — Jan 23, 2007 — HIS today unveils the HIS Radeon™ HD 3450 Silence (Full HD 1080p) 256MB DDR2 card, featuring the ultimate silence solution. It delivers the next generation of HDgraphics with strikingly fast gaming performance, and support for the latest Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1 gaming environment.The HIS Radeon™ HD 3450 Silence (Full HD 1080p) 256MB DDR2 card is powered by a chipset with core speed up to 600MHz and memory speed up to 800MHz. Play the next generation of HD gamesfeaturing life-like graphics realism... Read more...
When AMD launched the RV670 GPU at the heart of the ATI Radeon HD 3870 and 3850 series of products, they received quite a bit of fanfare due to the product's  competitive prices, strong performance, and more manageable power profiles.  One of the main reasons AMD was able to bring the Radeon HD 3870 and 3850 to market with these attributes was because the company had migrated their GPUs to a relatively more advanced 55nm process technology.  Manufacturing the GPUs at 55nm meant they were more economical to produce, required less power than the previous generation, and could run at higher clock speeds. AMD didn’t stop there, however.  They have since taken the very... Read more...
When AMD launched the RV670 GPU at the heart of the ATI Radeon HD 3870 and 3850 series of products, they received quite a bit of fanfare due to the product's  competitive prices, strong performance, and more manageable power profiles.  One of the main reasons AMD was able to bring the Radeon HD 3870 and 3850 to market with these attributes was because the company had migrated their GPUs to a relatively more advanced 55nm process technology.  Manufacturing the GPUs at 55nm meant they were more economical to produce, required less power than the previous generation, and could run at higher clock speeds. AMD didn’t stop there, however.  They have since taken the very same design... Read more...
While making our way through various exhibits at CES, Dave and I got a chance to get hands on time with AMD's upcoming ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics card.  As we mentioned in our initial coverage of the ATI Radeon HD 3800 series back in November, the 3870 X2 is a dual-GPU powered card that leverages ATI's CrossFire technology.  Here's an up close and personal look at the card...       The ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 In The Flesh We can't disclose any specifications just yet, but can say that the 3870 X2 has a pair of R670 GPUs on single PCB coupled together via a PCI Express fanout switch from PLX.  Frame Buffer memory configurations are likely to... Read more...
Pictures of something that the nice boys at ChipHell (is that where bad chips go when they die?) are alleging is an actual Radeon HD 3870 X2 have surfaced and apparently it's a tad on the large side.  The card pictured below supposedly has a pair of RV670 GPUs under its hood.  Let's have a look-see...  777 MHz GPU, 1GB of 2.25 GHz GDDR3? Hmm... Indeed, not one but two GPU heatsink blocks are visible underneath that cooling shroud.  Of course it's fun to flitter around in rumor and speculation but you can believe it when (if) you see it on the benchmark charts here at HH, which we're told should be sometime in January.... Read more...
Today, AMD finally takes the wraps of their new ATI Radeon HD 3870 and 3850 cards, based on their RV670 GPU.  At 55nm and 320 Stream Processors strong, these new cards are set to do battle with the likes of a Gefore 8800 GT and  GTS.  Here's a snip from the article... “As for the fundamental blocks inside the GPU, the RV670 doesn’t differ very much from R600.  The RV670 still has 320 stream processing units, 16 texture units, and 16 ROPs.  The RV670 however, does away with the 1024-bit internal ring-bus memory controller in favor of a 512-bit variant.  And its memory interface has also been pared down from 512-bits to 256-bit.  From high-level perspective, these... Read more...
When the R600 GPU hit the scene last May in the form of the Radeon HD 2900 XT, it wasn't very well received by enthusiasts for a few key reasons.  For one, the Radeon HD 2900 XT generally consumed more power and generated more heat than NVIDIA’s already well established GeForce 8800 GTS.  In addition, the 2900 XT was also louder, more expensive, and also didn't quite perform as well as the 8800 GTS, not to mention it was missing UVD support.  A home run product the Radeon HD 2900 XT was not. From a technical standpoint, however, the R600 was promising.  It had full DX10 support, top notch image quality, gobs of memory bandwidth, and a number of innovations like... Read more...
Just prior to the Radeon HD 2000 series' introduction, numerous rumors circulated regarding an ultra-high clocked ATI R600-based video card, that featured a large 1GB frame buffer.  Some went so far as to say the GPU would be clocked at or near 1GHz.  Spy shots even cropped up on the web showing the card in all its glory.  But sometime between then and the official launch, news of the card fizzled and when the R600 arrived in the form of the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT, it was outfitted with “only” 512MB of frame buffer memory and its GPU core and memory clock speeds, while somewhat high, didn’t come close to the numbers put forth in those early rumors. Some of AMD’s partners, however, have... Read more...
HIS Unleashes the ATI Radeon HD 2900 Pro 512MB GDDR3 (LIMITED EDITION), Delivering the Ultimate Visual Experience — Graphics card unleashes the power of DirectX 10 for immersive high-definition gaming, and delivers exclusive HD multimedia features such as HDMI for high-fidelity audio and video, all at unbelievable price point — Hong Kong — Sep. 27, 2007 — HIS today launched the ATI Radeon HD 2900 Pro, a state-of-the-art discrete graphics card enabling high-definition gaming. The ATI Radeon HD 2900 Pro delivers The Ultimate Visual Experience through best in class immersive high-definition multimedia playback. Superior... Read more...
AMD Announces ATI Radeon HD 2900 Pro AMD is excited to announce the newest member of its flagship ATI Radeon HD 2900 series, the ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO.  The ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO features the powerful next-generation unified shader architecture with 320 unified stream processors, comprehensive DirectX 10 support and built-in HDMI multimedia features for an immersive HD gaming experience. The ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO is available today on a limited basis subject to supply constraints. Below is more detail on the three board variants of the ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO: ATI Radeon HD 2900 PRO 512MB: MSRP $249 GPU Clock... Read more...
Just in case you hadn't noticed the new link at the top of the page, we wanted to let you know that w e've just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we look at three mainstream video cards.  The first is the Sapphire HD 2400XT which is an ultra affordable video card with some solid features.  The next two models aim to deliver improved gaming performance while maintaining respectable price points that can appeal to a broader market, the Sapphire HD 2600Pro OC and the Sapphire HD 2600XT.  We take a look at each model's bundle, feature set, overclockability, and performance to see how they stack up to similarly priced competition... Sapphire Radeon HD... Read more...
A lot of attention is paid to framerates when discussing graphics hardware, and rightfully so.  Some argue that they are an outdated method for assessing a video card's performance, but when assessing a potential purchase, buyers need some way to determine why one card is superior to the other.  We can talk about how a card "feels" during gameplay, but framerates quantify that performance.  While framerates should not be your sole purpose for deciding on whether a particular graphics card is the right fit for your needs, they can be a useful tool for assessing the overall value of a product. Case in point, back when reviewing an ASUS EN8800GTX in December, the card churned through everything... Read more...
Yesterday, Dell announced their new line of OptiPlex 755 commercial desktop systems and touted the machines as the “world’s most manageable, energy efficient commercial desktop ever.”  The press release on Dell’s website draws attention to the OptiPlex 755’s Gold EPEAT Rating and Energy Star 4.0 Compliance, and even takes a jab at Hewlett Packard, but what you may not have noticed is that Dell is now offering ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro and XT cards as an upgrade from the stock Intel IGP.  And it’s not just on the OptiPlex 755.  The new Radeons are available as options on the OptiPlex 740 and 745 as well.  This is a big design win for AMD.... Read more...
We’re writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and overclockability of the HIS Radeon HD 2600 Pro IceQ Turbo 512MB graphics card.  Like the other members of HIS’ IceQ Turbo family of graphics cards, this Radeon HD 2600 features an oversized, near silent cooler and it’s overclocked right out of the box.  Click the link below and see how it stacks up to a stock Radeon HD 2600 Pro and to a similarly priced GeForce 8600 GT...   HIS Radeon HD 2600 Pro IceQ Turbo 512MB... Read more...
If you have ever been in the market for a graphics card, you are undoubtedly familiar with the constantly changing graphics card market. About every 8-10 months, new GPUs are introduced by NVIDIA and ATI, and after their introduction, dozens of graphics cards built by their add in board partners come to market. Because these add in board partners all use the same graphics chips supplied by the two major graphics card companies, they have to use their marketing savvy to create extra value and incentive for consumers to buy their products. Over the years we’ve seen companies bundle the hottest new games, add new video connections, new cooling units, and even build their... Read more...
AMD Unleashes The ATI Radeon HD 2600 and ATI Radeon HD 2400 Series, Delivering DirectX 10 Graphics with Built-In High-Definition Video Processing SUNNYVALE, Calif. — June 28, 2007 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today 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 series. These next-generation graphics processing units (GPU) bring premium support for Windows Vista with feature-rich DirectX 10 graphics, and built-in multimedia functions for an immersive HD video experience on the PC. Ranging from USD $89-$149 (SEP) for the ATI Radeon HD 2600 series and USD $50-$85... Read more...
At the time of the HD 2900 XT's debut, AMD disclosed a multitude of details regarding mobile and mainstream GPUs derived from the R600 architecture.  In our coverage of the Radeon HD 2000 series as it became known, we talked about not only the Radeon HD 2900 XT, but five other members of the family, including the Radeon HD 2600 XT (GDDR3 and GDDR4 versions), the 2600 Pro, and the Radeon HD 2400 XT and Pro.  Unfortunately, cards weren’t ready in time to launch alongside the 2900 XT, but they are now and we’ve got a trio of them in house for a benchmarking throw-down.  Click the link below and check them out… ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT, 2600 Pro,... Read more...
About six weeks ago, after an extended development cycle, AMD launched their latest flagship ATI-GPU based graphics card, the Radeon HD 2900 XT.  The Radeon HD 2900 XT is built around the company's unified, DirectX 10-class, R600 GPU and offers a number of key features over an above the older X1000 series of products, like new anti-aliasing modes and support for shader model 4.0. At the time of the HD 2900 XT's debut, AMD also disclosed a multitude of details regarding mobile and mainstream GPUs derived from the R600 architecture.  In our coverage of the Radeon HD 2000 series as it became known, we talked about not only the Radeon HD 2900 XT, but five other members of the family, including... Read more...
Diamond Multimedia Announces Radeon HD 2900 XT with 1GB of Memory Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB CHATSWORTH, CA – June 14, 2007 – Diamond Multimedia, a leading provider of multimedia products, announces the release of the unique all new Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB (Gigabyte). With a unique combination of raw GPU power derived from the XBOX 360 Xenos GPU and 1GB of GDDR4 memory, the Diamond Viper Radeon HD 2900 XT 1GB sets the performance benchmark for its class. Diamond Multimedia’s new flagship graphics card is the foundation of a whole new generation of AMD/ATI Radeon Graphics. A 700 million-transistor processing... Read more...
We were just sent a link to an interesting video by the folks at CoolIT - the makers of the Freezone and the custom liquid / TEC hybrid cooling apparatus used in the Dell XPS 710 H2C Performance Gaming System.  The video shows off CoolIT's new Radeon HD 2900 XT cooler at work overclocking a pair of HD 2900 XT cards running in CrossFire configuration... With the CoolIT device installed, the cards were able to hit a stable core clock speed of 980MHz, which resulted in a 3DMark06 score of over 20K.  There aren't too many details in the video, and the background music wasn't very inspiring, but it's still pretty cool to see a top 15 all-time 3DMark06... Read more...
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