ATI-Forum is claiming that certain ATI board partners already have reference samples of the company’s upcoming Radeon 5000 series of video cards. The 5000 series, a follow-up to the wildly successful line of current ATI graphics cards, will feature ATI’s next-gen GPU, the RV870.
RV870 looks to be an evolution of the current 700-series GPU, built on the same 40nm manufacturing process as the recent Radeon HD4770. Four cards are rumored to be going through the vetting process: the HD5870, HD5870X2, HD5850, and HD5850X2. Frequencies and other information is available for the 5850/X2; for the first time, an X2 card will be clocked higher at reference speeds than its corresponding single GPU counterpart. The RV870 looks to offer 1200 stream processors, over fifty percent more than on the RV770.
In addition to updated hardware, the new cards will be fully DirectX 11 and Shader Model 5.0 compliant. There’s no rumored price points yet, obviously, but these should run the mid to extreme gamuts. Considering what the 4870/50 cards originally sold for, you can probably expect to spend anywhere from $200-$600, depending on the card.