Monday, January 7, 2008

From CES : ATI Radeon HD 3800 X2 & Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series

As expected, ATI, graphics product group of Advanced Micro Devices, demonstrated its new ATI Radeon HD 3800 X2 graphics card at Consumer Electronics Show 2008. The new graphics card looks bulky, but it promises to demonstrate rather high performance.

ATI Radeon HD 3800 X2 graphics card is the first dual-chip graphics board from AMD’s graphics product group (former ATI Technologies) in many years. The first and the last time when ATI offered dual-chip ATI Rage Fury Maxx graphics card for gamers was back in 1999. That product was not a success, but AMD believes that its new Radeon HD 3800 X2 will face demand from enthusiasts.

The ATI Radeon HD 3800 X2 is based on two ATI Radeon HD 3870 (ATI RV670) graphics processors that work in multi-GPU ATI CrossFireX mode and carries 1GB of memory onboard. The solution has 640 stream processors in total and will fight against Nvidia’s GeForce 8800 Ultra and its successor. Each ATI Radeon HD 3800 X2 graphics accelerators have one ATI CrossFire connector, hence, can work in pairs, enabling 4-way ATI CrossFireX configuration, when four processors work in company to enable rapid rendering speed.

Check out ATI Radeon HD 3800 X2 at Consumer Electronics Show 2008 Gallery

AMD's turn at CES announcements has added the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series, its latest graphics chipset for notebooks. Similar to what standard Radeon HD 3000 line did for desktops, the Mobility version is said to bring visual and interface features that have never been seen for portables; it adds new graphics shader support for games and other 3D apps that can use the new features of DirectX 10.1 or more recent updates to OpenGL 2.0, such as new lighting techniques.

The HD 3000 range also adds PCI Express 2.0 as well as the first-ever option of relaying video to DisplayPort monitors such as Dell's recently announced Crystal LCD, AMD says. The HD 3000 series is also more power-efficient than before while still maintaining useful extras such as full hardware decoding of 1080p video when exposed by software. AMD says it is already shipping a low-end HD 3400 chipset with 40 stream processors and a mid-range HD 3600 sibling with 120 stream processors in notebooks as of today, beginning with ASUS' M50 gaming notebook. Future versions, such as a likely HD 3800 version, are also expected in the first half of 2008.

AMD claims these graphics processors will pave the way for a notebook design called Puma.

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