A little less than a month ago, AMD unveiled the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series of graphics cards to much fanfare. And for good reason. Not only is the Radeon HD 5800 series the first to offer full DirectX 11 support, among other unique features like Eyefinity, but the flagship ATI Radeon HD 5870 signifies the first time since AMD acquired ATI that the company has had the single, fastest GPU on the market in their repertoire. Not only that, but Radeon HD 5800 series cards also offer top-notch image quality, great power consumption characteristics considering their performance, and they're competitively price too.
As is typically the case with the major GPU players, new products based on their latest architectures trickle down into lower and lower price points over time, until their entire product stack is comprised of cards with similar feature sets, with their main differentiators being performance and price. What is not typical of today's launch, however, is the speed at which AMD is ready with their latest round of products.
Today marks the introduction of the Radeon HD 5700 series. As you can probably surmise, the 5700 series has virtually all of the features of the 5800 series, but is targeted at a more mainstream market segment.
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