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AMD’s newest top-of-the-line huge honkin’ dual-GPU beast of a graphics card has been officially released today, & the reviews are hitting the interwebs. The verdict? AMD’s made an enthusiast card that enthusiasts will appreciate not only for eye-bleeding speed, but overall build quality as well. That is… if they can find one to spend their hard-earned money on… On to the reviews:
Get your review on, boys & girls:
Many of thee reviews delve deeply into the architecture end of the “Cypress” GPU, so there are plenty of details for the curious. As you can see above, there certainly aren’t very many retail cards available to review sites just yet; the Sapphire card being the lone departure from the reference card from a slew of reviews. The bottom line from the reviews, though, is that the 5870 is the new “king” in town. We’ll have to see if nVidia can best it when it releases its GT300; supposedly next month (assuming, of course, that it solves the yield issues).
Oh, & you may have to wait a bit to get your DX11 groove goin’. Newegg has three cards listed, from Sapphire, HIS, & ASUS for the low-low price of $379; but they’re all listed as “auto-notify,” meaning they’re not currently in stock. The same goes for ZipZoomFly, who list cards from MSI, Diamond, Gigabyte, & XFX.
AMD’s claiming a win in the mobile GPU market; saying that they’ve got 53% market share with their Radeon discrete chips. Their HD4000-series chips are a solid basis for any laptop.
The Catalyst 9.8 driver that was leaked earlier this week has also been officially released & brings improved CrossFire performance and OpenGL 3.1 support along with it.