Thursday, July 8, 2010

AMD-ATI releases a cheap chip that games

AMD is about to release a new version of its cheap as chips ATI Radeon HD 5570.

The chip hit the shops for $79 earlier this year and stopped many people in their tracks. This was mostly because it actually had the ability to play games if you were prepared to make some compromises on resolution and detail.

The card managed a decent performance at lower and middle resolutions to basically meet sufficiently modest expectations.

Now it appears that AMD thinks there is more cash to be made from this market and is increasing the spec.

It's provisioned a new version of the 5570 that will have the same price, and same spec but will come with a 1GB of GDDR5 RAM instead of the original DDR3.

While it will still not be super powerful it can handle DirectX 11  and AMD's multimonitor Eyefinity technology for up to three displays.  Nothing from Nvidia can manage that for the price.

Extreme Tech have got their paws on one of the prototypes and claim that sometimes the GDDR5 card's gains are quite dramatic.  The performance gains were obvious in every title the reviewer tested it on if you want to play at 1280 by 1024 resolution.