Sapphire introduced its Radeon HD 5570 graphics card:
SAPPHIRE Technology is now shipping a new family of graphics cards in the highly successful HD 5000 series. The SAPPHIRE HD 5570 is a new low profile model aimed at the mainstream market, whist sharing many of the exciting features of the latest high end series.
The SAPPHIRE HD 5500 series is based on the latest graphics architecture from the ATI division of AMD, the second generation of GPU to be built in its 40nm process. It supports the advanced graphical features of Microsoft DirectX 11, and delivers superb video clarity and visual effects, whilst consuming very low power levels.
SAPPHIRE will offer several variants of this product. All of them have 400 Stream processors and support Microsoft DirectX 11 as well as accelerating applications compatible with ATI Stream. As the core technology is low power, no external power connection is required, making this series ideal for system upgrades or mainstream PCs that do not have high end power supplies.
The SAPPHIRE HD 5570 is equipped with 1GB of DDR3 memory, with clock speeds of 650MHz core and 900MHz (1800MHz effective) for the memory, The low profile PCB is a SAPPHIRE original design with a low noise fan assisted cooler. One model has the output configuration of Dual-Link DVI, DisplayPort and VGA. This model will support three monitors in ATI Eyefinity mode with a suitable DisplayPort monitor or active display adapter. A second model will offer the alternative output configuration of DVI, HDMI and VGA, allowing the use of HDMI enabled monitors or digital TVs to be directly driven with both video and sound signals over a single HDMI cable. Retail versions of the cards will ship with additional replacement low profile brackets enabling these models to be fitted into low profile cases.
Native CrossFire support allows two or more cards to be used together for additional performance on a suitable CrossFireX compatible mainboard. On the HD 5500 series, CrossFireX is supported in software by the driver, and no additional interconnect is required.