ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology
Introducing ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology
ATI Hybrid Graphics is a ground-breaking technology featuring multi-GPU performance capabilities, automatic power state adjustment for power-savings, and multi-display functionality. This AMD platform technology enhances the user experience by combining an AMD 780 Chipset with integrated graphics and a discrete ATI Radeon™ HD 3000 Series, ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3000 Series or ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4000 Series GPU so they work co-operatively yet independently of each other to bring enhanced gaming performance, productivity and platform power efficiency to the mainstream PC. ATI Hybrid Graphics includes the following technologies:
ATI Hybrid CrossFireX™ Technology
Based on ATI CrossFireX™ multi-GPU technology, ATI Hybrid CrossFireX™ takes the gaming experience on a mainstream Windows Vista® PC2 to the next level. When combining an AMD 780 Chipset with an integrated GPU and a discrete ATI Radeon™ HD 3400 Series2 or ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3400 Series GPU, ATI Hybrid CrossFireX™ combines the GPU performance and delivers high-quality gaming images onto a single display.
ATI SurroundView™ Technology
ATI Hybrid Graphics technology enables ATI SurroundView™ which provides support for 4 independent monitors when an applicable integrated GPU is combined with a discrete GPU. Each additional discrete GPU supports 2 or more independent monitors. The integrated graphics processor and the discrete graphics processor work in parallel to drive multiple displays for superior productivity.
ATI PowerPlay™ Technology
ATI PowerPlay™ power management technology enables the GPU to automatically adjust between low, medium and high states for efficiency and performance-on-demand. For example, when emailing there is less demand on the GPU and it runs in a low state and when gaming it runs in high state to provide the additional power needed to play demanding titles. ATI PowerPlay does not require both an integrated graphics processor and a discrete graphics processor in order to operate.
ATI PowerXpress™ Technology (Available on notebook PCs using Windows Vista® OS)
ATI PowerXpress™ dynamically switches (no reboot required) in real time between an ATI Mobility Radeon™ Premium graphics processor1 and an integrated graphics processor. Experience superior discrete graphics performance while plugged in, or switch to energy efficient integrated graphics when on-the-go to help extend battery life.
How ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology Works
Start with a motherboard based on the AMD 780 Chipset with integrated ATI Radeon™ Graphics. Next, add an ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series graphics card. The result is a potent performance and productivity combination called ATI Hybrid Graphics.
The specific combination of the ATI Radeon HD 3400 graphics card and the motherboard with an AMD 780 chipset turns on ATI Hybrid CrossFireX™ and ATI SurroundView™ Technology. Always present with the ATI Radeon HD 3000 Series is ATI PowerPlay™ power management technology.
Notebooks with ATI Hybrid Graphics have similar hardware features but add the benefits of ATI PowerXpress™ technology which provides on-the-fly switching between the integrated graphics and discrete graphics processors. Look for notebooks with the ATI Hybrid Graphics logo to get the performance, efficiency and productivity.
Flexible and Friendly
ATI Hybrid Graphics is extremely flexible and user friendly. No user intervention is required to turn on performance with ATI Hybrid CrossFireX, users have a choice of how to connect to their monitor or monitors, and when gaming, additional monitors do not "go black".
1 ATI Hybrid CrossFireX™ technology is not supported with the ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4000 series.
2 ATI PowerXpress™ technology is supported with the ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3400 series, ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4300 series, ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4500 series, ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4600 series and the ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4830/4860 GPUs. Note: ATI PowerXpress™ technology must be enabled by the notebook vendor. Please consult notebook vendor for a complete list of ATI Hybrid Graphics notebooks with ATI PowerXpress technology.