AMD have announced a new series of graphics cards aimed at the cloud gaming industry that enable partners to provide services that involve streaming HD games over the internet. Dubbed the 'Radeon Sky Series' the cards can stream to any 'smart' device with an internet connection. They also support new RapidFire technology, an open API allowing partners to optimise their applications to achieve minimum latency, high visual quality while utilising optimal network bandwidth.
The cards are based on AMD's 28nm GCN architecture, and support all DirectX 11.1 features such as advanced tesselation and TressFX hair. The cards are designed for use in servers, and employ a passive cooling system as well as a number of AMD technologies aimed at reducing the power consumption of the device.
The lowest end card, the Radeon Sky 500, has a core clock of 950MHz combined with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. It has a peak power draw of 150W and utilises a PCI Express 3.0 x16 port. The mid-range Radeon Sky 700 has a 900MHz core clock combined with 6GB of GDDR5 memory, albeit with a 225W peak power draw. The high end Radeon Sky 900 has a core clock of 825MHz but also features dual-GPU and a 6GB framebuffer, and draws 300W of power at maximum load.