Hemlock, aka HD5870X2, will be out before the year ends

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Hemlock, aka HD5870X2, will be out before the year ends
AMD will launch its newest high-end graphics card before the end of the year, in the fourth quarter of 2009.

The codename of this card is Hemlock, and it will replace the HD4870X2. It's retail name is not yet known but following current traditions it will most likely be called the HD5870X2.

This new beast should feature 2GB of GDDR5 and have many output options, e.g. DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI.

Here is a brief summary of the range:
  • Hemlock, also known as the R800, will be very high-end with two RV870 GPU dies, and will replace the HD4870X2.
  • Cypress is the high end GPU featuring a single RV870 GPU core, to replace the HD4890.
  • Juniper, is the middle and high-end mainstream card with the RV870 GPU, to replace the HD4850 and HD4870.
  • Redwood is a medium powered card based on the RV830 GPU, which will replace cards based on RV730 and RV740.
  • Cedar is the entry level card based on the RV810.

There are many rumours about the release date of these cards, with various sources quoting September, October or November as possible release dates. Still, they will be available before the end of the year, and quite possibly before Christmas... maybe it's time to ask Santa to augment your folding capabilities?

Source : Xbitlabs