Con il comunicato stampa di seguito allegato, AMD ha lanciato ufficialmente ATI Radeon HD 5800, la prima linea di schede grafiche sul mercato compatibile con le nuove librerie grafiche DirectX 11 di Microsoft, parte integrante del prossimo Sistema Operativo Windows 7.
La nuova gamma è composta al momento da due modelli, siglati rispettivamente ATI Radeon HD 5870 e ATI Radeon HD 5850, entrambi equipaggiati con 1GB di RAM G-DDR5.
Oltre alle API di MS, AMD ha citato le tecnologie proprietarie ATI Eyefinity e ATI Stream come il fiore all'occhiello delle nuove video card. Segue il trailer di DiRT 2, uno dei primi game DirectX 11 Ready che arriverà sul mercato nei prossimi mesi, segnalato dalla stessa AMD dal momento che il titolo è destinato ad esaltare le doti delle sue nuove Radeon.
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - 9/23/2009
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today launched the most powerful processor ever created, found in its next-generation graphics cards,
the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series graphics cards, and the world’s first and only to fully support Microsoft
DirectX 11, the new gaming and compute standard shipping shortly with Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.
Boasting up to 2.72 TeraFLOPS of compute power, the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series effectively doubles the value consumers can expect of their graphics purchases,
delivering twice the performance-per-dollar of previous generations of graphics products. 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 dominate the competition with superior gaming performance and full support of
Microsoft DirectX 11, making it a "must-have" consumer purchase just in time for Microsoft Windows 7
"With the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series of graphics cars 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."
Dominate your competition with Microsoft DirectX 11 support
With the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series of graphics cards, gamers will enjoy gaming supremacy and the
ultimate advantage, realizing incredible HD gaming performance and the most engaging experience possible with DirectX 11 gaming done right:
Designed and built for purpose: 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 game
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 DiRT2
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 – all in stunning detail with incredible frame rates.
Generations ahead of the competition: Building on the success of the ATI Radeon HD 4000 series products, 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, all geared towards delivering the best gaming experience
money can buy.
The ultimate in game compatibility: 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’s DirectX 11 hardware. With more than 20 DirectX 11 games
currently in development, this innate optimization for ATI Radeon graphics cards, in combination with monthly ATI Catalyst driver releases, help ensure a
stable, reliable and high-performance experience for the latest games.
Accelerate with ATI Stream technology
With the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series of graphics card, PC users can unleash Windows 7 and realize the
potential of a better computing experience to help do more with their PC:
Harness the home supercomputer: One ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card would have been one of the top 10 supercomputers in the world just six
years ago – today that same processing power can be found in your home PC, working with high-performance CPUs to deliver a superior experience. 7
Windows 7 done right: 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.
Create and do more, faster than ever before with ATI Stream technology: Enjoy new features, functionality and improved performance in top
media, entertainment and productivity applications made possible by ATI Stream technology.
Most expansive support of industry standards: The ATI Radeon HD 5800 of graphics cards fully support both DirectX 11 and OpenCL, ensuring
broad application support now and the future.
Expand the PC experience with ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology
Enjoy multi-monitor computing with seamless enablement of the biggest game environments ever seen:
The ultimate in seamless flexibility: 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 Eyefinity6 graphics card, in a variety of configurations – any mix of portrait, or landscape.
See them before they see you: Unlock the potential of multi-monitor gaming at up to 12 x full HD resolution, the largest game environments
ever displayed. Experience more visual detail and expanded battlefields that your gaming competitors may lack.
Enjoy visual computing in eye-definition: Virtually obsolete scrolling by taking advantage of vast desktop real estate to put more information
at your fingertips. Enjoy the best of today’s latest visually-enhanced online applications – social networking, video conferencing, video entertainment, and
satellite imagery – all in stunning detail.
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.
"By incorporating the ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics processor’s revolutionary DirectX 11 and ATI Eyefinity multi-monitor capabilities into the Alienware
desktop gaming system, Dell Gaming continues to lead the industry in delivering performance, immersion and visual experience levels that shatter all previous
limitations," said Arthur Lewis, head of Dell gaming group.
"I had high expectations of AMD’s new DirectX 11 GPUs, but nothing really prepared me for the breathtaking experience that I’m now enjoying," said Dirk
Ringe, vice president, EA Phenomic. "Frame rates are so silky-smooth at ultra high-resolutions, even
with all effects turned to max, that the new hardware makes previous hardware look like a quaint antique! The quality of the rendering in BattleForge is something that I used to dream about only a year ago – and the flexibility and power of
DirectCompute 11 opens our eyes to a multitude of new possibilities. We applaud AMD’s and Microsoft’s vision in creating the DirectX 11 API and this amazing
new hardware and we can say without hesitation that it represents the future of gaming."
"We were simply astonished by the performance of the DirectCompute 11 hardware in AMD’s DirectX 11 GPUs," said Ruslan Didenko, project lead, GSC Gameworld. "By meeting the full DirectX 11 hardware spec AMD has created a beast of a GPU that is
light years ahead of its DirectX 10.1 and DirectX 10 predecessors. We strongly recommend a full-on DirectX 11 GPU from AMD as very simply the best way to
experience our stunning new game, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat. A vision of loveliness, in
every gut-wrenching detail!"
"Trinigy remains committed to supporting the game development industry with top-notch game engine technology that combines efficiency, creative freedom
and performance," said Dag Frommhold, managing director at Trinigy. "We’re extremely excited to be
working with AMD to support their DirectX 11 graphics processors. AMD’s quality drivers and hardware complement our commitment to game developers perfectly
by empowering them to produce higher-level in-game graphics than ever before.