With the release of Microsoft Windows 7 and DirectX 11 and the cancellation of the consumer version of Intelís Larabee, the PC graphics card business has changed over the last few weeks. NVIDIAís DirectX 11 card, the GF100 is nowhere to be seen this year leaving ATI as the dominant force in the computer desktop graphics industry with DirectX 11 cards on the market, the first DirectX 11 game released (DIRT 2) and no effective answer from NVIDIA until sometime next year, ATI has had no shortage of demand from gamers wanting the highest performing video cards on the market.
ATI released their first DirectX 11 card, the HD 5870 in September of this year just in time for the Windows 7 launch. This card had double the stats of their previous card, the HD 4890 and had support for DirectX 11. The HD 5850 had a reduced stat for the GPU, but had more performance and specs than the HD 4890 as well. Their HD 5770 was basically a 4890 in terms of specifications, but at a much lower price point along with the DirectX 11 support. The last bit of the lineup for this year is the HD 5970 which is essentially two HD 5870s on a single card. Todayís review is on the XFX Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition card.