Now spicians, I don't know how much off you all into graphics cards but ATI ( the gpu devision of AMD) has launched the all new beast of a card called the Radeon 5870. This is the fastest single-core gpu on the market in the world as of launch. I'm not really an ATI fella but I (I roll with Nvidia right tru
) have to give jack his jacket. ATI came very good this round. Ever since the company launched the Radeon 4800 series graphics cards they've been on a roll. Now i am not too familiar with the intricate technical details of the card, but what I can say is that this card can handle anything...i mean ANYTHING you can throw at it. For a card with that much horse-power under the hood, it only draws 188watts of power when running at maximum. It also supports ATI's "Eyefinity" technology that allows the card to be connected to 6 monitors simultaneously. Without breaking a sweat. And its also the first DirectX 11.0 card on the market. For those of you who aren't familiar with Microsoft DirectX read here: Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces (APIs) for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft platforms.
in a nutshell its a set of micro-code that's used to program multimedia on the Windows OS. So all the nice shiny high def games on Windows PCs are created using the DirectX API.
DirectX 11.0 comes with the all new popular Windows 7 OS. Windows Vista will also be supporting the new API.
For a very detailed look at the card and what it is capable of, follow the link for the review: http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5870-review-test/