XFX Radeon HD 5870 1GB
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The moment that millions of gamers and enthusiasts around the world have been waiting is finally upon us with the release of the Radeon 5800 series by ATI/AMD, the first Graphics Card line that fully supports the latest Microsoft DirectX 11 featured in Windows 7. But that is not the sole reason as to why countless people have been waiting for the first DX11 compatible cards to emerge, the main reason is the performance jump from DX10 compatible cards which as you will see later on is quite large. Of course in ATI's (AMD) case their newest GPU line also features a enhancement called Eyefinity that allows users to expand their gaming pleasure to up to 3 screens and also features 1GB of GDDR5 memory.
XFX dares to go where the competition would like to, but can’t. That’s because, at XFX, we don’t just create great digital video components—we build all-out, mind-blowing, performance-crushing, competition-obliterating video cards and motherboards. And, not only are they amazing, you don’t have to live on dry noodles and peanut butter to afford them. XFX is a division of PINE Technology Holdings Limited, a leading manufacturer and marketer of innovative solutions for the worldwide gaming technologies market. Founded in 1989, PINE designs, develops, manufactures and distributes high-performance video graphics technology and computer peripherals. The company’s dedicated research and development team are continually pushing the limits to meet the demands of the ever-growing and performance-driven community. Headquartered in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong SAR), PINE has more than 1,000 employees worldwide with 16 offices around the globe. PINE also maintains four state-of-the-art research and development facilities in the Asia Pacific region and two factories in Mainland China.
AMD launched a total of 2 Graphics Cards in their 5800, for the time being that is. As usual their cards have taken the 50 and 70 trademark ATI has been using for the past 10 years and so the two models released two days ago are the Radeon 5850 and the Radeon 5870 and again as usual the 5850 is the entry level model while the 5870 is the high end one. Of course ATI is planning to make an 5870x2 in the next months that may set new performance standards. For now however we will have to make do with the Radeon 5870 by XFX that we have here with us today and which we have the pleasure of being the first ones to review globally.