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AMD Introduces ATI Radeon HD 5970: Fastest Graphics Card in the World

  • 23 November, 2009 15:30

<p><em>Massive overclocking potential enables PC gaming enthusiasts to dominate
their gameplay with DirectX® 11, expand the game experience with ATI Eyefinity
technology, and accelerate with ATI Stream technology</em><br/>
<br/>
• AMD today announced the flagship installment in the award-winning line
of graphics cards, the ATI Radeon™ HD 5970, the fastest card ever created.
<br/>
• Designed to support the most demanding PC games at ultra-high resolutions
and image quality settings, the ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 has unlocked overclocking
potential, granting access to every bit of power the card has to offer through
ATI Overdrive™ technology. <br/>
• For the first time ever, ATI CrossFireX™ technology leverages
the power of multiple graphics processors to deliver even more game performance
in 20 of today’s popular titles when using ATI Eyefinity technology, with
more to come. <br/>
• “With the arrival of the ATI Radeon HD 5970, the fastest graphics
card in the world, we’ve cemented AMD as the unquestioned graphics leader,”
said Matt Skynner, vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics Group <br/>
<br/>
<strong>Sydney, Australia</strong> - <strong>November 19, 2009</strong> - AMD
today announced the flagship installment in the award-winning line of graphics
cards, the ATI Radeon™ HD 5970, the fastest card ever created.<font size="1"><em><strong>1</strong></em></font>
The new ultra high-end model joins a growing list of the world’s first
and only graphics cards to fully support Microsoft DirectX® 11 technology
and ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology.<br/>
<br/>
Designed to support the most demanding PC games at ultra-high resolutions and
image quality settings, the ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 has unlocked overclocking
potential, granting access to every bit of power the card has to offer through
ATI Overdrive™ technology.<font size="1"><em><strong>2</strong></em></font>
Now shipping from retailers and available in the channel, the ATI Radeon™
HD 5970 also launches today in new Alienware Area-51, Area-51 ALX and Aurora
desktop PCs.<br/>
<br/>
Record-breaking overclocking capabilities take Dragon Platform technology to
the forefront for users that demand the utmost control in performance tuning.
The unrivaled overclocking capabilities of the ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 are
enabled by the unique design of the card, which features advanced fan and vapor
chamber technologies and a fully vented exhaust to keep the card cool and ensure
overclocking headroom using ATI Overdrive™ technology.<font size="1"><em><strong>2</strong></em></font>
The formidable combination of AMD Phenom II processors, AMD 7-Series chipsets,
and ATI Radeon HD graphics deliver comprehensive tuning, immersive entertainment,
and outstanding value.<br/>
<br/>
Enthusiasts can expand their field of view, ATI Radeon™ HD 5970, driving
up to three displays at once, delivering an unmatched maximum resolution of
7680x1600 and creating an unparalleled game play experience.<font size="1"><strong><em>3</em></strong></font>
For the first time ever, ATI CrossFireX™ technology leverages the power
of multiple graphics processors to deliver even more game performance in 20
of today’s popular titles when using ATI Eyefinity technology, with more
to come.<br/>
<br/>
The ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 graphics card delivers nearly 5 TeraFLOPS of compute
power, ensuring superior performance in the latest DirectX® 11 games, as
well as in previous versions of DirectX® and OpenGL titles. With the world’s
most powerful graphics core built on 40nm process technology harnessing up to
3,200 stream processors, gamers can enjoy DirectX® 11 games now, such as
EA Phenomic’s BattleForge™ and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.:Call of Pripyat from
GSC Game World, with many more titles on the way, including:<br/>
<br/>
• Battlefield Bad Company 2 from EA DICE <br/>
• DiRT™ 2 from Codemasters, arriving December 1, 2009 <br/>
• Aliens vs. Predator™ from Rebellion <br/>
• Update to The Lord of the Rings Online™ from Turbine <br/>
• Update to Dungeons and Dragons Online® Eberron Unlimited™
from Turbine <br/>
<br/>
New features and functionality of ATI Stream technology allow users to harness
the ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 graphics card to enhance their computing experience,
helping to improve the performance of enabled media, entertainment and productivity
applications.<font size="1"><em><strong>4</strong></em></font> ATI Stream technology
and the HD 5970 support both Direct Compute 11 and OpenCL industry standards
for application acceleration.<br/>
<br/>
Delivering full-fledged performance when needed, the ATI Radeon™ HD 5970
also leads in power efficiency by automatically powering down unused GPU resources
when not in use, resulting in idle desktop power consumption as low as 42 watts.<font size="1"><em><strong>5</strong></em></font><br/>
<br/>
The ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 is supported by a wide range of add-in-board companies,
including ASK, Asus, Club 3D, Diamond, Gigabyte, High Tech, MSI, Sapphire, Tul/Power
Color, Visiontek and XFX.<br/>
To celebrate the launch of the ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 and to conclude a series
of contests created to celebrate AMD’s 40th anniversary year, AMD is announcing
the third and final contest designed to give back to AMD fans and supporters.
Starting today, fans of AMD on Facebook will be able to enter to win one of
10 Microsoft Xbox 360s or one of 10 Wiis from Nintendo. One gaming system will
be given away every weekday for four weeks. Full contest rules and details available
online: <a href="#">www.amd.com/40years</a><br/>
<br/>
“With the arrival of the ATI Radeon HD 5970, the fastest graphics card
in the world, we’ve cemented AMD as the unquestioned graphics leader,”
said Matt Skynner, vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics Group. “With
the holiday shopping season right around the corner, the new card, coupled with
the awesome power of ATI Eyefinity technology, is the ultimate setup for serious
gamers.”<br/>
<br/>
“The extraordinary performance of the ATI Radeon HD 5970 is a perfect
match for the Alienware Area-51, Area-51 ALX and Aurora desktops,” said
Frank Azor, senior product planning manager, Dell Gaming. “By offering
this level of graphics capability as well as the visual and performance enhancements
made possible by DirectX 11 hardware, gamers will benefit from enhanced image
quality enabling an incredibly intense gaming experience.”<br/>
<br/>
<strong>Supporting Resources</strong><br/>
<br/>
• Pictures: See photos of the ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 series graphics
cards on Flickr <br/>
• Press kit: <a href="#" title="http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-radeon-hd-5000/hd-5970/Pages/ati-radeon-hd-5970-overview.aspx">More
information on the ATI Radeon" HD 5970 series of graphics cards </a> <br/>
• Product page: ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 series product information <br/>
• Contest: Enter the third and final contest in AMD’s 40th anniversary
celebration for a chance to win one of 20 Wiis from Nintendo or Microsoft Xbox
360s. More information available online: <a href="#" title="http://sites.amd.com/us/promo/amd40/Pages/AMD40thAnniversary.aspx">www.amd.com/40years</a>,
or enter to win on <a href="#" title="http://www.facebook.com/AMD">Facebook</a>.
<br/>
• Twitter: Follow AMD graphics news on Twitter at <a href="#" title="http://twitter.com/ATIGraphics">@ATIGraphics
</a> <br/>
• Facebook: <a href="#" title="http://www.facebook.com/AMD">Become a fan
of AMD technology on Facebook</a><br/>
<br/>
<strong>About AMD</strong> <br/>
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) is an innovative technology company dedicated
to collaborating with customers and technology partners to ignite the next generation
of computing and graphics solutions at work, home and play. For more information,
visit <a href="#">http://www.amd.com</a>.<br/>
<br/>
<font size="1">AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, ATI, the ATI logo, Radeon, Overdrive
and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Other
names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective
owners.</font><br/>
<br/>
<font size="1"><em>1. As of November 18, 2009, the ATI Radeon™ HD 5790
scores X12011.1 in 3DMark Vantage Extreme preset, which is the highest recorded
single-card score. System configuration: Intel Core i7 965 processor @ 3.33GHz,
Gigabyte EX58-UD5 motherboard, Corsair XMS 6GB memory (3x2GB) at 1600MHz (8-8-8-24
timings), Windows 7 RTM x64, ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 1GB GDDR5, Drivers: ATI
Catalyst™ 9.10 Beta (8.663.1) / NVIDIA ForceWare 191.07WHQL<br/>
2. AMD product warranty does not cover damage caused by overclocking, even when
enabled by AMD software. Unlike previous generations of ATI Radeon™ graphics
cards, the overclocking potential of the ATI Radeon™ HD 5970 graphics
card has been left uncapped. You control the amount of overclocking to which
you subject your card. Please use discretion and caution when overclocking.<br/>
3. To enable a third display on an ATI Radeon HD 5970 graphics card you require
one panel with a DisplayPort connector.<br/>
4. Requires application support for ATI Stream technology.<br/>
5. Average idle power of the ATI Radeon HD 5970, as measured by AMD on a typical
board in a typical use-case</em><br/>
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</font><strong>PR CONTACT</strong><br/>
Renato Catalan<br/>
Gap Marketing and Management Pty Ltd<br/>
Website: <a href="#">www.gapmarketing.com.au</a></p>

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