5500 Series and 5450 Pre-Announcement

Along with today’s launch, AMD is also pre-announcing the 5500 series and the 5450. We say pre-announcing as they’re not launching the cards today, nor are they showing off the complete specifications of the cards. Today is an announcement of what they’ll be launching in February, the 6th and final month in their 6 month 4 chip launch window for the Evergreen family.

We’ll start with the 5500 series. There is one card pre-announced thus far, which we expect will get a real name (e.g. 5570) at launch. The 5500 series is specified for less than 50W load power, and will be a low-profile actively cooled card. In a full-height computer, a 3rd display output port can be attached, giving the card the ability to drive 3 monitors in an Eyefinity configuration.

The other card is the 5450, which is another low-profile card, but this time passively cooled. It too can drive 3 monitors in Eyefinity mode when put in a full-sized case to allow a 3rd display output. We don’t know what the power usage is, beyond the fact that AMD is calling it an “ultra low power” card.

Both of these cards will have the full 5000 series feature set, most importantly including audio bitstreaming. This should make either of these cards the great HTPC card we’ve been expecting to come out of the 5000 series, depending on how much rendering power you need.

As we stated before, both of these cards will be launching sometime in February. We do know more about these cards, but at this point we’re not allowed to talk about them. What we can suggest is that you look at our Mobility Radeon 5000 article, where AMD announced Redwood and Cedar in mobile form ahead of the desktop cards, and then take a very close look at this slide of AMD’s chip stack. The astute among you should be able to infer some additional information about these forthcoming cards.

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  • JonnyDough - Sunday, January 17, 2010 - link

    It's always good to see new cards rolling off the line that don't require me to open another coal-powered power plant in my town. Reply
  • PR3ACH3R - Monday, January 25, 2010 - link

    The current situation with Anandtech ATI reports & coverage is absolutely absurd, & so disappointing,
    I do not even know where to start.

    It seems like nothing is done by pros anymore at Anandtech.

    From the endless 57XX Driver bugs, To the flaky incomplete & undocumented DXVA features,
    To the High DPC usage in anything not 3d/dxva
    all the way to the poorest 2d performance ever seen on the pc (this is not an exaggerated comment), NOTHING is discovered by Anadtech.

    You have become a commercial, biased, & unprofessional, overrated site.

    So there, I have done the work for you,
    go check these issues & let's see when you will get the staff professional enough to analyze or even notice all the above.
    Reply
  • 529th - Friday, January 15, 2010 - link

    According to benchmark reviews the 4670 idles at 9w - the way they come to this conclusion is they boot the pc without the vid card and run the psu cord through a Kill-A-Watt EZ P4460 wall socket mount that reads the wattage draw, take that number for system idle power and then run it against the system at idle with the card for a base number, then they run it through some 3D titles for total draw.. Reply
  • 7Enigma - Friday, January 15, 2010 - link

    There is no marketing or business decision to continue producing the 4850. It's more expensive to make than the reviewed card, and it's making the new cards look like crap. I personally believe the Far Cry 2 data is not correct (it makes no sense), but in everything else the 4850 is significantly faster.

    I'm actually surprised AMD would be stupid enough to continue producing (not just selling out of existing stock) the 4850...they are shooting themselves in the foot and making their "new" product lineup underwhelming.

    Hint, hint, if you are in the market for a card in this price range and don't care about power requirements or small size (ie HTPC), get the 4850 NOW. I can't imagine it will be around next month unless AMD is completely clueless (which I believe they are not).
    Reply
  • peakchua - Friday, May 07, 2010 - link

    hey im a noob on GPU'S :) is the 4850 better than the 5670? I own an imac :) with a mobility 4850, if apple upgraded to a mobilit 5750, would it be considerably faster? I tried asking apple but as usual they never reply :) Reply
  • JimmiG - Friday, January 15, 2010 - link

    It seems not a single card in the 5-series bring you more performance at a particular price point. There's always a card from the 4-series that beats the 5-series and costs less. Why this trade off between performance and features? It's either a slower card with more features or a faster card with less features...

    This is completely unlike the 4-series, which revolutionized performance at every price point.

    Guess things will change in, oh, about a year, when Fermi-derived cards are out at all price points...
    Reply
  • marc1000 - Friday, January 15, 2010 - link

    If we can expect the same "downsizing" that Nvidia did for the GT200, then there will be low-end Fermi's only in 2013.... Reply
  • rjc - Friday, January 15, 2010 - link

    On th first page of the article it said launch volume would be around 50k units and that is expected to be sufficient.

    Is that figure for US only? if it's the whole world, it works out about 1 card each for all the retail stores that sell graphic cards. Even with the price set high as it is would think a much greater supply is needed.

    From here: http://jonpeddie.com/press-releases/details/reboun...">http://jonpeddie.com/press-releases/det...-for-the...
    The market for grphics cards is about 20m units per quarter...this card is supposed to be in the mainstream segment would think it would sell in the millions.
    Reply
  • ChoadNamath - Thursday, January 14, 2010 - link

    How is the load power 63W higher than idle when the TDP is supposed to be only 61W? It sounds like something is funky with your review sample, or AMD's numbers are just wrong. Reply
  • Iketh - Wednesday, February 03, 2010 - link

    Hey choad, let's bash AnandTech/AMD on the basis of your ignorance! YEA~!~! It's better to just ask why it's 63w than to assume. Reply

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