First Exclusive Details and Images of the unreleased HD 5870

apoppin

Founder and Senior Editor of ABT.

7 Responses

  1. exodus19 says:

    Any info on the 5870×2 price? It’s not going to be an 800 dollar card is it?!? That would suck because it’s the one I’ve been wanting since I heard about this card.

  2. apoppin says:

    I don’t believe we have those figures yet.

    But if you look at the 5850 for (less than) $299 and the 5870 for $399, I believe it is pretty logical to believe the 5870-X2 will retail for between $549-$649 as there will be nothing faster when it is released. My guess is $599 for 5870-X2 at release with the usual price increases from the etailers if the supply is not great.

    GTX 280 showed up first at $649, last year before its price dropped quickly. HD 4870-X2 was $550 at launch. So, I doubt that 5870-X2 will be more than $650; certainly not $800.

  3. exodus19 says:

    Where can I go to find the actual article of everything ATI release on the 10th?

  4. apoppin says:

    I would suggest you check out our ABT forums:

    http://alienbabeltech.com/abt/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=15959

    There we have the very latest information as it presented. As soon as everything is finalized by AMD, we will have it in News and also published in an article here on the main site.

  5. distinctively says:

    According to the best info I can gather, the specifications listed are probably incorrect. If the TMU’s and shaders are the same type as in the 48xx series, consider this:
    1. 80 TMU’s + 1600 shaders = 1.3 billion transistors. This number should be fairly accurate.
    2. The transistor count for the remaining areas of the GPU cannot be accurately calculated but, based on counts from former GPUs, the amount remaining should be no more that 500 million. Assumptions need to be made about the affect that dx11 has on transistor counts. The 500 million should account for the RBE’s, memory controller, PCIe interface, UVD, audio core and display controller.
    3. To the best of my knowledge (bring some salt), the described specs create a GPU with 1.8 billion transistors.

    With that stated, 1600 shaders seems to be the most reliable spec out there. I would tend to rely on that number as true. Clock speed seems to be in line with what 40nm can provide. Memory bandwidth seems a little low for what it may have to provide for.

    Just before the launch of the 48xx series, benchmarks (like the ones aquired by alienbabeltech) were genuine. However, just about every GPU spec was wrong. The guesses were 640 shaders, 32 TMU’s and no clue about DDR5.

  6. apoppin says:

    Here is the very latest information that is summarized in one thread:

    http://alienbabeltech.com/abt/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=15959

    It links to this thread which has over 100 images and charts (56K users beware):

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=234555

    As you can see, our leaked information was dead on accurate. We said “over 2 billion transistors” and the final figure is 2.15 billion. We also said “over 150 GB/second bandwidth” and the actual figure is 153.6 GB/s.

    Feel free to join our forum and actively participate in the discussion. These cards will be released about the 23rd of this month with wide availability in October as promised by AMD. Benchmarks are leaking out now. Basically, paired with a fast quad-core at 19×12 with 4xAA/16xAF, the HD 5870 is equally fast as a HD 4870-X2 in Far Cry 2 and in Crysis Warhead. However, in HAWX/GRID, the HD 5870 seems to under-perform and the HD 4870-X2 is solidly faster.

  7. chuck dvd says:

    Wow that was strange. I just wrote an very long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say excellent blog!

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