As expected AMD is keeping up the pressure and rolling out its DirectX 11 graphics cards in the mid-segment. Just 3 weeks after the arrival of the Radeon HD 5800s, the Radeon HD 5700s are already here. Will they manage to shake up this ultra-competitive segment?
The DirectX 11 range
We can't say we weren't warned. AMD told us, the Radeon HD 5000 range was going to hit the shops rapidly, one model after the next. The ultra-high end bi-GPU solutions are expected at the end of the month or beginning of November and the entry level at the beginning of 2010. Today however, we’re talking mid-range, a very strategically important segment falling between €100 and €200 and representing very large volumes.
This is especially so because of the arrival of Windows 7. By renewing its range of graphics cards just prior to release of the new OS, AMD have scored a great coup, especially as they are alone in supporting all the innovations brought in by Seven.
Obviously we’ll have to see if these Radeon HD 5700s are going to be as competitive as we think they are in this highly competitive segment that's filled with numerous models and ranges of all types. This is certainly not a given, especially as older high-end cards are now being sold off cheaply in the mid-range band.