Radeon HD 5000-series pricing could start at $279

— 9:37 AM on September 3, 2009

As AMD's next-gen graphics processors draw closer on the horizon, more and more juicy details are finding their way onto news sites. This time, Bright Side Of News has gleaned some pricing information about the upcoming lineup.

The top dog in the series, the dual-GPU Radeon HD 5870 X2, will reportedly launch at a hefty $599. The site adds that AMD will leave the $499 price slot empty, opting instead to offer the high-end single-GPU Radeon HD 5870 in the $379-399 bracket. The mid-range Radeon HD 5850 should retail for $279-299.

If true, those prices are quite a bit higher than what AMD charged for the first Radeon HD 4000 cards. (The 4850 started at just $199.) Bright Side Of News claims AMD's DirectX 11 graphics chip has a large footprint, though, so 5000-series cards could represent more of a performance leap over the previous generation—and cost more to produce. Yields are supposedly good, though.

According to the latest rumors, AMD will launch the Radeon HD 5000 series in September. Cards should become available the month after.

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