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AMD finally launches the Radeon HD 2000 series

Posted by: John at 5/14/2007 6:02 AM
It's been a long time coming but the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series is now official. These are the first DirectX 10 cards for ATI featuring a second generation Unified Shader Architecture, 512-bit memory bus, Unified Video Decoder, and more. For the time being, the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT is the highest model card you can get for $399 and the ole game voucher is back where you'll get Valve's upcoming Team Fortress 2, Portal, and Half-Life 2: Episode 2. For those that don't want to spend that much, there's also the ATI Radeon HD 2600 and ATI Radeon HD 2400. line giving you DX10 capabilties at a more affordable price. The 2600 and 2400 will be released later on.


AMD Introduces the ATI Radeon(tm) HD 2000 Series, Delivering The Ultimate Visual Experience(tm) for Desktop and Mobile Platforms

- Next-generation graphics cards unleash the power of
DirectX® 10 for immersive high-definition gaming,
and offer exclusive HD multimedia features such as HDMI for
high-fidelity audio and video, all at unbelievable prices -

Sunnyvale, Calif. - May. 14, 2007 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the ATI Radeon HDTM 2000 series, a top-to-bottom line of ten discrete graphics processors (GPUs) for both desktop and mobile platforms.  This family of GPUs delivers The Ultimate Visual Experience(tm) through best-in-class immersive high-definition gaming and high-definition multimedia playback.
       "We set out to create a family of products that would revolutionize the graphics market by introducing leading-edge technology at game-changing price points," said Rick Bergman, senior vice president, AMD Graphics Products Group.  "We've delivered on this challenge, broadening the enthusiast gaming market so that more people than ever before have access to the phenomenal gaming and multimedia experiences that the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series introduces."

Superior Performance at Every Price
       The ATI Radeon HD 2000 series of products introduces immersive DirectX® 10 gaming enabling the next generation of visual effects at every price point.  The line-up boasts many firsts for the graphics industry, including a powerful second-generation Unified Shader Architecture (USA), a 512-bit memory bus designed for full performance high dynamic range (HDR) rendering, and new Unified Video Decoder (UVD) technology for high-fidelity HD multimedia playback.1  The mid-range and entry-level GPUs are the first graphics products in the industry to use an energy-efficient 65 nm process technology to achieve silent, passive cooling, high performance and lower power consumption.2 The ATI Radeon HD
2000 series also builds on AMD's Windows Vista(tm) leadership.  Having been the first graphics company to introduce a WHQL driver for Windows Vista, ATI Catalyst(tm) drivers continue to deliver industry-leading game compatibility and an extremely stable user experience in Windows Vista(tm).
       "This new family of GPUs from AMD delivers an immersive gaming experience for the next generation of games and applications for Windows VistaTM and DirectX® 10," said Kevin Unangst, Global Director Games for Windows, Microsoft Corp. "Cutting-edge DirectX® 10 games combined with the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series of products are ushering in a new era of gaming on Windows."

Immersive HD Gaming
The ATI Radeon HD 2000 series was designed to deliver compelling gameplay experiences never seen before in DirectX 10 games.  The ATI Radeon HD 2000 series brings gamers astounding frame rates at all resolutions, advanced visual effects, and breathtaking realism for what AMD calls immersive HD gaming.  The new cards were optimized for dynamic geometry acceleration, complex pixel processing and expanded non-graphical compute capabilities for more advanced characters and animation, more detailed environments, and more realistic real-world physics simulations.  For gamers wanting even more horsepower, The ATI Radeon HD 2000 series also features native ATI CrossFire(tm) technology, opening the door for a wide variety of multi-GPU configurations and eliminating the need for any master cards.
"ATI Radeon HD 2000 graphics cards provide us with more than incremental speed increases," said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve®. "Through the ATI Radeon HD 2000's performance and unified shader model we are able to create characters in real time that reach beyond anything seen in any game, and rival the characters seen in animated feature films. Gamers will be able to experience these advances later this year when Half Life® 2:  Episode Two, Team Fortress® 2 and PortalTM will be made available through Steam to those who purchase a new ATI RadeonTM HD 2900 XT."

The Ultimate Visual Experience(tm) for HD Multimedia
       In addition to gaming, the ATI RadeonTM HD 2000 series from AMD delivers the ultimate high-definition multimedia experience on the PC with improved visual fidelity afforded by ATI Avivo(tm) HD technology.  Innovative UVD technology handles HD multimedia with ease, allowing consumers to watch the latest HD DVD and Blu-rayTM discs with incredibly fine image quality and smooth playback, all while consuming less power.  With the energy efficiency of UVD technology combined with a 65nm process, the ATI Mobility Radeon(tm) HD 2000 series allows notebook users to view an entire HD DVD or Blu-rayTM disc on a single battery.3
Unique in the industry, the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series are the only discrete graphics products that offer a new simplified video and sound solution through HDMI, making it easy to switch between watching content on a high definition television and working at a monitor as only a single cable is needed for both video and audio.4
"The ATI Radeon HD family of mobile processors satisfies the market's demand for both desktop-class processing performance and smooth multimedia performance on the go," said Manuel Linnig, Customer Marketing Division, Toshiba Europe GmbH. "With great stability and performance in Windows VistaTM, tremendous power management technology and leading gaming capabilities, these graphics processors will be exciting additions to Toshiba's next-generation PCs."

ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series Desktop Line-Up
       Available immediately, the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT is expected to be priced at an incredible USD $399 (SEP) including Team Fortress 2, Portal, and Half-Life 2: Episode Two from Valve.5  This price enables more consumers than ever to enjoy the best in discrete graphics.
Rounding out the family are the ATI RadeonTM HD 2600 and ATI RadeonTM HD 2400 series, bringing feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming and smooth multimedia playback to customers looking for entry-level and mid-range graphics options.  The ATI Radeon HD 2600 and ATI Radeon HD 2400 cards is scheduled to ship in late June with pricing to be announced.
Numerous add-in-board partners including Asus, Club3D, Diamond Multimedia, GeCube, Gigabyte, HIS, MSI, Palit, PowerColor, Sapphire and
VisionTek will offer ATI Radeon HD 2000 series graphics cards.  System integrators worldwide, including Falcon Northwest, Maingear, Vadim, and Velocity Micro, will also be supporting the ATI Radeon HD 2000 series bringing gaming platforms to market.

ATI Mobility(tm) Radeon HD 2000 Series Mobile Line-Up
       For unparalleled graphics performance on the go, the ATI Mobility RadeonTM HD 2600 series combines the ultimate DirectX® 10 gaming experiences with the graphics performance gamers demand in a high-end mobile system.  Thin and light notebooks featuring ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400 series can multitask with ease using the new Windows AeroTM interface, run the hottest upcoming DirectX® 10 games or play exciting new HD DVD and Blu-RayTM discs.  Those in the market for a value notebook will enjoy great performance in Windows VistaTM and astonishing multimedia using the ATI Mobility RadeonTM HD 2300.  ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2000 products feature ATI Avivo(tm) HD technology and UVD to deliver outstanding HD DVDTM and Blu-rayTM disc playback, and ATI PowerPlayTM 7.0 power management for long battery life and optimized performance-per-watt operation.6
       Notebooks from OEM partners including Acer, ASUS, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers, Gateway, HP, LG, Packard Bell, Samsung, and Toshiba, and ODM whitebook partners including Arima, ASUS, ECS, First International Computer Inc., and MSI, will be available beginning in May.