THIS WEEK, AMD’s long anticipated HD5870 GPU, codenamed “Cypress” and the new kid on the ATI Radeon graphics block, took the “fastest GPU chip” crown away from Nvidia’s GT200b in the GeForce GTX285.
Generally, when a product of this magnitude debuts, you hear polar opposite opinions of it‚Äîone from the company selling it, and another from that company‚Äôs competitor. ATI thinks that DirectX 11, stream computing, and Eyefinity are the ultimate combination of killer features for next-generation graphics. The opinions coming out of Nvidia are naturally quite opposed right now (at least until its own DirectX 11 boards are ready), favoring CUDA and the still-proprietary PhysX.
Originally, I titled this piece ATI Radeon HD 5870: Learning From Nvidia’s Mistakes. That was an unfair way to kick things off, I decided. But I still want to explain my justification for that idea. When Nvidia launched the GeForce GTX 260 and GTX 280 boards more than a year ago, the company knew it had the fastest board on the market and wasn‚Äôt afraid to charge a premium for it; $650, to be exact.
How utterly devastating, then, when the Radeon HD 4870 launched a couple of weeks later, besting the $400 GeForce GTX 260 with a $300 price point. It‚Äôs not that ATI had snatched away the performance crown‚ÄîNvidia still had the fastest card around. But enthusiasts (especially those who actually bought one of the GeForce GTX 200-series boards) were certainly left feeling gouged when the cards immediately fell to more competitive prices. Good way to earn extra margin on a big GPU. Bad way to encourage brand loyalty.
Plus Point: DX11, Low idle power, great Pricing ; Against : None.
GPU- ATI Radeon HD 5870; Stream processors:1600; RAM:1GB GDDR5; Process:40nm;Core|Memory speeds:850MHz|1200MHz;Outputs:DVI,HDMI,Display Port
In depth Review Can be found Here