CES 2010: ATI Debuts Mobile 58xx Series


AMD has unveiled new ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5000 series graphics for mobile platform finally at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show 2010 convention. Yesterday, Acer Aspire AS5740 was announced bearing ATI Radeon HD 5650 graphics which made the arrival of the new Mobility Radeon HD 5000 GPU series evidential. AMD has introduced new Mobility Radeon HD 5800 series, HD 5700/HD 5600 series, and HD 5400 series GPUs for the mobile platform. The new laptops clad in Mobility Radeon HD 5000 series GPUs would be made available in first half of 2010.

The popular ATI Radeon HD 5000 series for desktop now comes for mobile platform and will embrace new Windows 7 operating system. Now laptop users would also be able to make the best of the DirectX 11 supporting applications, games and HD video transcoding. These new Mobility Radeon HD 5800 and HD 5700/5600 series graphics also support up to 6 monitors through ATI Eyefinity Technology. However, Mobility Radeon HD 5400 series will support only 4 monitors. Built with 40nm GPUs the new Mobility Radeon HD 5000 series graphics are broadly divided into five segments:

Mobility Radeon HD 5800 series graphics

This top-end Mobility Radeon HD 5800 series will have three models. The top-end Mobility Radeon HD 5870 will have 800 stream processors, GPU core engine clocked at 700MHz, GDDR5 video memory clocked at 1GHz and uses 128-bit memory bus interface. This power packed monster will have TDP rating of 50W and hence it would be interesting to see which high-end gaming and multimedia content creating laptop will it house in. The main concern would be battery life of the laptop.

The Mobility Radeon HD 5850 has 800 stream processors, the GPU core engine clocked 500-625MHz, GDDR5 video memory clocked at 1GHz or GDDR3 video memory clocked at 900MHz and both using 128-bit memory bus interface. The TDP rating for GDDR5 video memory based models would be 30W while for GDDR3 video memory based models would be 31W.

While the HD 5830 has 800 stream processors, GPU core engine clocked at 500MHz, GDDR3/DDR3 video memory clocked at 800MHz and uses 128-bit memory bus interface. With TDP of about 24W, this GPU will house in mostly mainstream high-end notebooks.

Mobility Radeon HD 5700/HD 5600 series graphics
This segment has three HD 5700 series model and one HD 5600 series model. Of these, the new HD 5650 mobile GPU was spotted with Acer Aspire AS5740 notebook. The Mobility Radeon HD 5650 GPU has 400 stream processors, GPU core clocked between 450MHz-650MHz, GDDR3/DDR3 video memory clocked at 800MHz and uses 128-bit memory bus interface. Depending on the GPU core clock speed, the TDP rating of HD 5650 will range between 15W-19W.

From the Mobility Radeon HD 5700 series, HD 5770 and HD 5750 will have GPU core clocked at 550MHz and 650MHz respectively, 400 stream processors and both offer GDDR5 video memory clocked at 800MHz and uses 128-bit memory bus interface. The HD 5770 mobile GPU has TDP rating of 30W while HD 5750 has TDP rating of 25W. The lowest-end amongst the mobile HD 5700 GPUs, HD 5730 graphics has 400 stream processors, GPU core clocked at 650MHz but will offer GDDR3 video memory clocked at 800MHz and has 128-bit memory bus interface.


Mobility Radeon HD 5400 series graphics

This Radeon HD 5400 series mobile GPUs have three graphics card models – HD 5470, HD 5450 and HD 5430. All three cards come with 80 stream processors, have GPU core clocked between 550MHz-750MHz, GDDR3 video memory clocked at 800MHz and use 64-bit memory bus interface. Out of these, only HD 5470 will be offered with GDDR5 video memory option. All these mobile GPUs will have TDP rating between 7W to 15W depending on their GPU core clock speed. Gateway NV590 notebook was spotted with ATI Radeon HD 5470 graphics recently.

Along with the DirectX 11 supporting mobile GPU series mentioned above, AMD also introduced DirectX 10.1 supporting mobile GPU series. These DirectX 10.1 supporting Mobility Radeon HD 51X5 GPUs have 55nm fabrication process made GPUs inside.

Mobility Radeon HD 5165 series graphics
Featuring 320 stream processors, the HD 5165 series graphics will support DirectX 10.1 with Shader model 4.1 support, OpenGL 2.0 support, ATI Avivo HD video and display technology and ATI PowerPlay Technology. Packed with GDDR3 video memory technology these graphics. These graphics is dual-mode ATI CrossFireX ready.

Mobility Radeon HD 5145 series graphics
Featuring 80 stream processors, HD 5145 will be slight under-performer when compared with the HD 5165 GPUs. Supporting DirectX 10.1 with Shader 4.1, these graphics will also support OpenGL 2.0, Unified Video Decoder 2.0, ATI Avivo video and display technology and of course ATI PowerPlay technology.

During the first half of 2010, we’ll get to significant number of high-end laptop models clad with ATI Radeon HD 5000 GPUs.

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