AMD has announced its ATI Radeon HD 5670 - the first sub $100 (£62) DirectX 11-capable graphics card.
The ATI Radeon HD 5670 comes complete with Eyefinity multiple-monitor capability (up to four monitors, but three at launch), and uses 61W maximum and 14W in idle.
"AMD recently celebrated the shipment of its two millionth DirectX 11 graphics chip. AMD has already enabled DirectX 11 support for the majority of the PC market and today's introduction of the ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics card is yet another clear indication of AMD's commitment to address the strong market demand for DirectX 11-capable graphics cards," said Matt Skynner, vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics Group.
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"Combined with the successful launches of the ATI Radeon HD 5970, ATI Radeon HD 5800 series and ATI Radeon HD 5700 series, AMD has defined the DirectX 11 gaming experience like no other, bringing graphics innovations like ATI Eyefinity technology and ATI Stream technology to millions of consumers worldwide."
The card boasts compute power of 620 gigaflops, has a core clockspeed of 775MHz and has 400 stream processors.
But it is the DirectX 11 capability which will win the headlines, bringing a cheap option to gamers wishing to take full advantage of the DX11 capacity of Windows 7 PCs.
HD 5500, 5400
AMD also announced that the ATI Radeon HD5500 and 5400 series would be 'coming soon'.
The ATI Radeon HD5500 is a low-profile graphics card designed for small form-factor PCs and, of course, media centres, bringing DX11 support, EyeFinity support for up to three monitors, HDMI 1.3a with Dolby True HD and DTS Master Audio.
There is also the ultra-low power ATI Radeon HD5450 which is available as passively cooled, but again with the Eyefinity support for up to three monitors, HDMI 1.3a and Dolby and DTS support.