ATI launched their newest video card chips in September of this year. The RV870 chips are the first video card chips to fully support DirectX 11 in hardware and are available today if you can find them. One issue with the launch of a high-end card ($379 and $279 for the HD 5850) is that the high end of the market is usually less than 10% of the total discrete add-in market as most people donít spend over $200 on a new video card.
ASUS HD 5770
Today marks the launch of the Radeon HD 5770 cards which are targeted at the mid-range price point between the HD 5870 and whatever form the mainstream segment takes in ATIís lineup. It should be interesting to see what the replacement for the HD 4650 takes as the HD 5870 doubled the number of SPs, increased the transistor count to 2.15 billion and nearly doubled every metric compared to the last generation of ATI cards. Todayís review is on the several HD 5770 and HD 5750 of which we have tested for the launch.