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AMD launches ATI Radeon HD 3800 series

updated 08:20 am EST, Thu November 15, 2007

ATI Radeon HD 3800

AMD's graphics card label ATI today unveiled its anticipated Radeon HD 3800 series, a new chipset that promises better performance for the mid-range as well as new graphics features. The line bucks the trend of reserving new visuals for high-end cards by introducing support for Microsoft's upcoming DirectX 10.1 (and according OpenGL 2.0 features) and its enhanced features, such as high dynamic color range for lighting and improved anti-aliasing effects. For Windows, the 3800 series also introduces CrossFire X, a new technology that allows users with supporting AMD mainboards to use as many as four graphics cards in tandem to improve 3D performance beyond even what may be possible with higher-end graphics cards.

Regardless of software, the Radeon HD 3800 series is also far cooler than the outgoing Radeon HD 2600 it replaces. A denser and more efficient 55-nanometer manufacturing process allows the card to reach twice the performance per watt while also reducing heat and the need for active cooling, ATI says. When supported by a given system, the cards also provide full hardware HD video decoding and the added bandwidth of PCI Express 2.0 slots.

The 3800 series launches with two models. A base card, the 3850, incorporates the full feature set in a single-slot design with a 670MHz core speed and 256MB of video memory at 1.66GHz. The Radeon HD 3870 switches to a double-slot size but is clocked at a minimum 775MHz and doubles the amount of memory to 512MB at a faster 2.25GHz. ATI is releasing the cards as a Windows upgrade both under its own name and with third-party manufacturers at prices of $179 and $219 respectively. Support for other operating systems has not yet been mentioned but is expected.


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  1. chrissyboy

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    OpenGL2.0?

    Hasn't OpenGL been at 2.1 for about a year now?

  1. chefpastry

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    Mac version, please!

    When will we see Mac versions of these cards? Is it really that difficult for them to put Mac compatible firmware on it and put it on store shelves?

  1. Commodus

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    Mac versions - maybe soon

    I wouldn't be surprised if Apple has one of these cards as an option for the upcoming Mac Pro, whenever that hits. Obviously, they don't have to worry about DirectX 10.1 support, just the OpenGL!

  1. ClockNova

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    Wating for this:

    "AMD's graphics card label ATI today unveiled its anticipated Radeon HD 3800 series Mac Edition graphics cards. Starting at only $419 for the base model, Mac users everywhere should be thankful for the fact that they have any choices at all and should consider this price a great deal."

  1. JeffDM

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    Available market?

    clocknova; I think that's actually true given that Apple doesn't have an affordable Mac that accepts a new card. I think most of those systems are going to pros that are willing to pay what they must to be able to upgrade the machine they use for paying work.

  1. ClockNova

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    Available market? None.

    You know, Jeffdm, you're absolutely right. And that's just sad.

    I'm not buying another desktop Mac, ever, until they're willing to sell me one with standard replaceable parts (ie. graphic card, processor, hard drive) for under $2000. And I don't mean $1999, I mean in the neighborhood of $1500. Until then, it's hackintosh for me. Sad, but necessary.

    I love my Macbook Pro, though.

  1. UmarOMC

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    Yeesh...!

    Man I need a new Mac! :p

  1. UmarOMC

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    OpenGL 2.1 date?

    August 2, 2006 was the final draft according to the OpenGL official website.

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