MSI ATI Radeon HD 4350 512MB PCI-E Video Card and OCZ OALKBELXUS Wired Ergonomics Keyboard for $15 AR

ZipZoomFly has the MSI Radeon 4350 and OCZ ergonomic keyboard for $15 after two rebates (rebate1 for MSI, rebate2 for ocz). The keyboard is essentially free after reabte. The video card is perfect for any budget PC build where you need a little more power than onoard (G45) graphics capabilities for decoding HD video and photoshop, etc...


ATi Launches the Radeon HD 5800 Series (5870 and 5850)

The other day, ATi announced and released their 5800 series in anticipation of the October 22 release of Windows 7 and DirectX 11. These two performance cards use the same core codenamed Cypress. The cards run at 850Mhz and 725Mhz respectively and both have 1GB of onboard GDDR5 RAM.

Pricing for the cards is $379 for the 5870 and $259 for the 5850, quite a bargain at its current performance against the Nvidia GTX285 and even 295, depending on the game/benchmark. With 40nm now comlete on it's high end (first debuted on the 4770), the ball is now in nvidia's court to see how they will respond. If history is anything to go off of, they should be able to sqeak out a slight lead but will liekly price their cards much above ATi's offering. Hopefully DirectX 11 will take off with Windows 7 unlike DX10 and Vista which got off to a rocky start and still has not found its way into gamer's PCs.

With the move to 40nm comes increased efficiencies. The idle power consumption of the new cards which will cut down on energy usage and heat. The 5870 only sips a humble 27 watts whereas the 4870 drew 90 watts. This is certainly a welcome change.

One other exciting feature of the 5800 series is the native support for three monitors in a variety of configurations. Future cards will support up to 6 monitors, WOW! The cards feature two dual-link DVI ports, 1 HDMI port, and 1 DisplayPort. To use three monitors, you will need to use the 2 DVI ports and the DisplayPort.

In addition, the HD 5870 X2 (codenamed Hemlock) has been spotted. Look at the size of that thing! It's slightly longer than the 5870 and uses a 6+2pin PCI-Express and 6-pin PCI-E connector for power.

Availability at the moment is rough. Only the 5870s are currently listed at retailers, but the 5850's should arrive next month in time for Windows 7.

Right now the only place I found taking orders is Amazon, for the Sapphire 5870 edition (Same price of $370 + free shipping).

Reviews of the 5870


Driver Heaven

Elite Bastards


Hardware Canucks

Hot Hardware

Inside Hardware

Legion Hardware

Legit Reviews


PC Perspective

Tech Spot

The Tech Report


CrossFireX 5870 Review


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