Con il comunicato stampa di seguito allegato, AMD ha annunciato ufficialmente la sua seconda generazione di video card DirectX 11 denominata AMD Radeon HD 6800. Come da tradizione, AMD ha inaugurato la nuova linea lanciando due soluzioni di fascia medio-alta, denominate AMD Radeon HD 6870 e AMD Radeon HD 6850.
In accordo al produttore, le Radeon HD 6800 assicurano prestazioni più elevate di circa il 30% rispetto ai prodotti omologhi offerti dall'azienda competitor NVIDIA, ed assicurano il migliore rendimento dal punto di vista della efficienza energetica.
Tra le feature delle nuove schede grafiche, presentate da AMD in dettaglio, specifiche incluse, a partire da questa Web page, segnaliamo le tecnologie AMD Eyefinity, per l'ambito multi-monitor, Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD), per il playback dei contenuti in HD, HD3D, per la visualizzazione stereoscopica dei game e dei film 3D, e EyeSpeed, per la visualizzazione estremamente veloce dei contenuti grafici 2D e 3D.
Sono già sul mercato on line le video card AMD Radeon HD 6870 e AMD Radeon HD 6850 (per quest'ultima AMD ha indicato un SEP, Suggested E-tail Pricing, pari a $179, ndr) assemblate dai principali board partner. AMD ha citato in particolare ASUS, Club 3D, Diamond Multimedia, Force3D, GIGABYTE, HIS (Hightech Information Systems), MSI, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE Technology, VisionTek e XFX.
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AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the next generation of PC gaming, the AMD Radeon HD 6800 series, designed to be "perfect
graphics cards" for gamers by delivering unprecedented game performance starting at $179 SEP.2 The new AMD Radeon HD 6800 series graphics cards
provide more than 30 percent greater game performance than competing products, harnessing AMD’s second-generation Microsoft DirectX 11-capable architecture,
best-in-class energy efficiency, and an unmatched feature set, including AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology. The AMD Radeon HD 6800 series is available
immediately from etailers worldwide.
"AMD is the market share leader by a landslide in DirectX 11 graphics," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager,
GPU Division, AMD. "Through our sweet spot strategy and our open, industry standards approach, we’ve worked to deliver the best possible experience for
gamers. Today, our laser focus on gamers continues with the introduction of what we think is far and away the best graphics card series today, the AMD Radeon
HD 6800 series. With exceptional game performance, an unrivaled feature set including breathtaking DirectX 11 gaming, AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology,
AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing, and more, the AMD Radeon HD 6800 series will have all gamers wanting to get Radeon in their systems."
"One of the great advantages of PC gaming is the rapid pace at which the experiences evolve and improve, and the AMD Radeon HD 6800 series
delivers on the promise of DirectX 11 gaming with significantly improved visuals and enhanced performance," said Craig Owens, marketing director, EA. "With
Medal of Honor, EA is pushing the boundaries of gaming technology to deliver a whole new online experience, and it only makes sense that we leverage the
latest DirectX 11 technology supported by AMD Radeon graphics cards to deliver an amazing experience for gamers."
Leading DirectX 11 Performance and Eye-Definition Graphics
Expand Your Experience with AMD Eyefinity Technology and Leading Display Technologies
- Ultimate efficiency for ultimate performance: With the AMD Radeon HD 6800 series, AMD aims to recreate the same incredible value proposition
of the original "sweet spot" products, the ATI Radeon HD 4800 series graphics cards. Taking full advantage of AMD’s experience with DirectX 11, the AMD
Radeon HD 6800 series is AMD’s second-generation DirectX 11-enabled chip designed to deliver more than 30 percent greater game performance over the closest
competing products in their class and even faster tessellation for a more realistic gaming experience.1,3 The AMD Radeon HD 6800 series’
architectural efficiency and advances in power management technology deliver in best-in-class energy efficiency.1
- New and improved image quality features: AMD Radeon 6800 series graphics cards feature improved image quality, including all-new morphological
anti-aliasing compatible with DirectX 9, DirectX 10, or DirectX 11 applications, and improved anisotropic filtering.
- Built for DirectX11 games and more: DirectX11 has quickly become the new standard for PC games. The majority of game developers chose AMD
Radeon graphics cards as their development platform of choice for their DirectX 11 games, and today AMD continues to enjoy strong relationships with those
developers and many more. Beyond DirectX 11 games, the AMD Radeon HD 6800 series also delivers an exceptional game play experience in DirectX 9, DirectX 10,
DirectX 10.1 and OpenGL titles in single card or multi-card AMD CrossFireX configurations.4
Live Life at EyeSpeed with AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing
- Continued industry leadership in multi-display computing: The AMD Radeon HD 6800 series graphics cards are the first in the industry to offer
support for both DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a, providing PC users with expanded options for multi-monitor configurations, display selection, and new
DisplayPort audio features.
- Simple, flexible, affordable multi-display computing with AMD Eyefinity: AMD Eyefinity technology continues to be the most affordable
multi-display solution available, offering incredible choice in display compatibility and configurations.5 More than 45 game titles have been AMD
Eyefinity-validated or are AMD Eyefinity-ready titles, and there are hundreds of more games that are AMD Eyefinity-compatible. Additionally, continuing
improvements to AMD Catalyst graphics drivers may unlock new functionality and flexibility in AMD Eyefinity features and configurations.
- AMD HD3D technology for even more choice in 3D entertainment: With the AMD Radeon HD 6800 series graphics cards, AMD is introducing AMD HD3D
technology, the result of our open 3D initiative for stereo 3D gaming and movies. AMD HD3D technology supports over 400 titles through its partners, and
AMD’s open 3D ecosystem approach encourages the broadest selection of 3D solutions, available at the most affordable cost.6
- Do more, faster with AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) technology: Enjoy new features, functionality and improved performance in top
media, entertainment and productivity applications made possible by AMD APP technology.7
- Enhanced video quality features: The AMD Radeon HD 6800 series graphics cards features Unified Video Decoder 3 (UVD), a dedicated video
playback accelerator that enables users to get the most out of Blu-ray 3D movies, other HD video formats, and online video, while enjoying video quality
improvements such as advanced post-processing and scaling, dynamic contrast enhancement, color correction and more.
- Extensive support of industry standards: The AMD Radeon HD 6800 series graphics cards fully support both DirectCompute and OpenCL, ensuring
broad application support.
- The AMD Radeon HD 6800 series graphics cards is supported by a dozen add-in-board companies, including ASUS, Club 3D, Diamond Multimedia, Force3D,
GIGABYTE, HIS (Hightech Information Systems), MSI, PowerColor, SAPPHIRE Technology, VisionTek and XFX.
Source: AMD Press Release