Monday, October 12, 2009

Dual Monitors with the Power of Radeon Graphics

The Power of ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series

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Radeon is the name brand for the ATI Company, and represents some of the most cutting edge dual screen graphics cards available today. The ATI Radeon HD 4670 delivers a remarkable combination of DirectX 10 gaming performance and hardware processed 1080p video on dual monitors. Connect to your HDTV with HDMI that includes built-in 7.1 surround audio. That's a dual display with some serious muscle!

ATI has released several dual monitor video cards which range from the forefront of performance, down to the basics but still offer stable performance to those of us who do not want to spend over $150 on a piece of hardware even if we may replace in a year. The Dual Monitor Adapter can be simpler to install than a video card however, it's important that your dual computer monitors match the type of adapter. Refer to this dual monitor setup for a good idea of how matching dual screens makes a better dual monitor wallpaper.

Aside from their success with their highly-regarded HD 4800-series of cards, ATI knew that they needed to ride off their momentum of their long running success and attack all parts of the market with the new R700 series architecture. I heard about it as they launched an assault on the mid-level market with their HD 4870 and HD 4850 which was followed by their high end offering, the HD 4870 X2. They have consolidated their stranglehold at virtually every price-point, and ATI is targeting the entry level price point with their HD 4600-series like the one shown above.

Loaded with the latest features, ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 Series graphics cards deliver a level of gaming performance previously only found in high-end graphics cards. Redefine the way you play HD games and enjoy unprecedented levels of graphics realism powered by 320 stream processing units, up to 1GB of memory and support for Microsoft DirectX® 10.1 games. Upgrade your graphics card and watch Blu-ray movies and play HD content with incredible visual fidelity or take your experience to another level with new multiple monitor capabilities (when 2 or more cards are properly installed). Do it all with break-through energy efficiency that doesn’t compromise performance.

These graphics cards do it all with break-through energy efficiency, eliminating the need for an external power connection and making them easy to install. Refer to my Dual Monitor Setup using Windows blog for step by step instructions on setting up your configuration.

Redefine HD Gaming

  • 320 Stream Processing Units
    Enough power to tackle the most demanding HD games and applications.

  • Microsoft DirectX®10.1
    Play today while preparing for tomorrow with state-of-the-art DirectX 10.1 graphics capabilities.

  • Enhanced Anti-Aliasing (AA) & Anisotropic Filtering (AF)
    High performance anisotropic filtering and anti-aliasing (4X AA) smooth jagged edges and create true-to- life graphics, for everything from grass to facial features

  • ATI CrossFireX™ Technology
    ATI CrossFireX™ technology with up to quad GPU support offers superior scalability so your system is ready to level up when you are.

  • PCI Express 2.0
    Support for PCI Express 2.0 will prepare you for bandwidth-hungry games and 3D applications.

Go Beyond HD Video

  • Unified Video Decoder 2
    UVD 2 frees up your CPU for other tasks so you get The Ultimate Visual Experience™ for the most processing- intensive content. Take full advantage of Blu-ray functionality with dual-stream, picture in picture capabilities.

  • Accelerated Video Transcoding(AVT)
    Edit and transfer your videos to a portable video player with new Accelerated Video Transcoding (AVT) technology.1

  • Upscale Beyond 1080p
    Watch the hottest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p display resolution and beyond.2

  • Enhanced DVD Upscaling
    Watch standard DVD movies in near high-definition quality with DVD upscaling.3 The GPU uses post processing algorithms to enhance standard and low resolution videos and movies on your HD display.

  • Dynamic Contrast
    Dynamic Contrast automatically adjusts the contrast and brightness during scenes to consistently deliver a crisp, vibrant picture.

  • HDMI
    Enjoy the latest audio technologies using HDMI with 7.1 digital surround sound support. Also, xvYCC support allows the user to enjoy a wider range of color when connected to a capable HDTV.

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2 The ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series GPUs can upscale video display to 2560x1600 on dual-link monitors which is almost twice the display resolution of 1080p displays.

3 The ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series GPUs can upscale video display to 2560x1600 on dual-link monitors which is almost twice the display resolution of 1080p displays.

Break-through Efficiency

  • Dynamic Power Managemen
    ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series graphics cards feature ATI PowerPlay™ technology, delivering high performance when needed and conserving power when the demand on the graphics processor is low.1

  • More Performance Per Watt
    ATI Radeon HD 4600 series deliver up to 3x the performance per watt of AMD’s previous generation GPUs.2

  • Energy Efficient Manufacturing Process
    Second generation 55nm chip uses the industry’s most energy efficient manufacturing process.

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2 The ATI Radeon™ HD 4670 delivers 8.14 GigaFLOPS per Watt, compared with the ATI Radeon HD 3650 which delivers 2.60 GigaFLOPS per Watt.

System Requirements

–PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard

–400 Watt or greater power supply (550 Watt for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode) is recommended

–Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to for a list of Certified products

–1GB of system memory recommended

–Installation software requires CD-ROM drive

–DVD playback requires DVD drive

–Blu-ray™ playback requires Blu-ray drive and full 1080p display requires a 1080p-capable monitor

–To enable dual mode ATI CrossFireX™ technology, a second ATI Radeon™ HD 4600 Series graphics card, an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard and one ATI CrossFireX Bridge Interconnect cable is required. CrossFireX Bridge Interconnect cable is an optional accessory on Sapphire HD4670 series
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There's really just something for everyone who wants a card to be a jack of all trades like play games at high resolutions while offering kick-ass HD video decoding as well. Radeon has cards that have full HDMI and DisplayPort capabilities for HTPC along with a core based on the RV770 series architecture for casual and extreme gamers alike. All of this means that these cards should be appealing to quite a few shoppers from a price and performance standpoint.

Looking for something more? Check out my blog on the Quad Monitor Computer.