AMD released two new graphics cards today for the entry-level and mainstream market: the Radeon HD 3400 and Radeon HD 3600 series. The new Radeon HD 3400 cards will retail from $49-$65 and the Radeon HD 3600 series will be available from $79-99.
The most notable feature of these cards is that they are amongst the first to feature DisplayPort support.
Both series continue to advance AMD’s leadership by delivering display connectivity through DisplayPort integrated into the GPUii, allowing AMD to exceed current manufacturing expectations in the industry. As part of the first family of graphics cards built using 55nm process technologyiii, both series provide exceptional performance-per-watt for a quiet and power-efficient experience at unbelievable price points.
Blu-ray or HD DVD disc playback can be enjoyed in full HD glory (1080p)iv thanks to AMD’s proprietary unified video decoder (UVD) technology found on the ATI Radeon HD 3400 and ATI Radeon HD 3600 series, ensuring movies play back smoothly and with incredible detail. Immersive home theater environments can be created using the built-in support for six channel (5.1) Dolby Digital surround audio transmission through HDMI. In addition, the ATI Radeon™ HD 3450 will support fully silent (passive) cooling, delivering the ideal solution for home theater PCs.
Gamers looking for graphics processors that allow for further scalability will find that both series boast ATI CrossFireX, which delivers the option of multi-GPU upgradability. ATI Hybrid Graphics allows users to combine an ATI Radeon HD 3400 GPU with a compatible AMD 7-Series chipset to provide exceptional 3D performance, adding further value to the gaming experience. With support for Microsoft DirectX 10.1 support, gamers can play the top HD games with life-like 3D graphics, stunning realism, and great shading effects. Full support for PCI Express 2.0 technology allows for twice the throughput of current PCI Express cardsv, which means gamers will be ready for demanding graphic applications.