A few weeks ago, AMD introduced the first products in the company’s next generation of high-end DirectX 11 graphics cards – the AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series. The Radeon HD 6800 Series represents AMD’s second-generation DirectX 11 capable architecture and has up to 2 times the tessellation performance of the ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series while also bringing the performance of the ATI Radeon HD 5800 series down to the “gamer’s sweet spot” and using 25% less silicon. AMD Radeon 6800 Series graphics cards feature brand new morphological anti-aliasing, support for both DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4a, AMD Eyefinity technology for up to 6 displays supported on one graphics card, and AMD HD3D for 3D experiences. They also feature Unified Video Decoder 3 which is a dedicated video playback accelerator designed for you to get the best video playback experience, including playing Blu-ray movies.
Pictured above are the first two graphics cards in the Radeon HD 6800 Series – the Radeon HD 6850 and the Radeon HD 6870. The Radeon HD 6850 will be priced at $179 and the Radeon HD 6870 will be priced at $239 and AMD has some great partners lined up to put out these graphics cards such as ASUS, Diamond Multimedia, GIGABYTE, MSI, SAPPHIRE Technology, VisionTek, and more.
@Brandon: have you heard about any incompatibility between these cards (specifically the 6850) and Windows Live apps, particularly Windows Live Mail? There have been several reports about blurry text after installing the 6850, for example here:
It may of course be a configuration thing, but no-one seems to know how.
so I got a question and dont feel like doing any research right now...
are they SLI ready?
Wow, those are some huge GPU's. They sound like monsters though, especially with DirectX 11 support, they should be a gamers dream come true.