AMD has been firing on all cylinders lately. Their release last year of the RADEON HD 5870 and 5850 cards is still the only DirectX11 compliant video cards with the rest of the Evergreen family on the market today with the competition sidelined until March. AMD has subsequently introduced the HD 5770, the HD 5750, the HD 5650 and the HD 5450.
The HD 5970 forms the top of the food chain with two graphics chips based upon the Juniper chip available for $650 online. The next level is the HD 5870 which is available online for $379.99, followed by the HD 5850 at $299.99. There is a gap between the 5850 and the HD 5770 which retails at $144.99. Today, AMD is launching the RADEON HD 5830 that is designed to fill that gap with a retail price of $240 in between the two cards. This is based upon the same Juniper chip that was found on the HD 5870 and 5850 cards. Whether the market needs a $240 video card is another matter.