AMD shipping Radeon HD 2600/2400 to AIB’s
The Radeon HD 2400/2600 series feature AMD’s controversial Unified Video Decoder (UVD) which drastically reduces CPU load during video playback. The boards are all DirectX10 compliant and feature as much as 256MB of GDDR4 memory or GDDR2 for the 2400. The 2600 series features 120 stream processors and a 128bit memory bus while the 2400 lowers the stream processors to 40 and has half the memory bus.
The ATI Radeon? HD 2400 and ATI Radeon? HD 2600 cards are designed for use in entry-level and mainstream systems, in which the UVD technology is beneficial for watching high definition movies. In contrast, the ATI Radeon? HD 2900 XT is a high-end desktop card for gaming enthusiasts, and designed to be used in high-performance PCs with the fastest CPUs. In these environments, the CPU can perform software decoding of HD video without being overburdened and UVD technology is not required.