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Even though the highly-anticipated DirectX 10-compliant graphics card lineup from ATI, graphics product group of Advanced Micro Devices, was late to market, its derivatives do not seem to be going to: code-named ATI RV670 product is already knocking the door and promises to offer even better functions amid lower price.

Add-in-card partners of AMD recently started to sell ATI Radeon HD 2900 Pro graphics card for under $300, essentially killing sales of dual-chip ATI Radeon HD X2 and making the high-end performance available at an affordable price. But later this year the code-named RV670 product will offer an even better balance of performance, price, power consumption and features, if a slide, presumably from an AMD presentation, published by Expreview web-site is to be believed.

According to the slide, ATI Radeon HD 2000-series graphics cards based on ATI RV670 graphics processing units (GPUs) will offer “R600 performance with better thermal and power” along with DirectX 10.1 with shader model 4.1 functionality, universal video decoder (UVD) as well as PCI Express 2.0 and DisplayPort interfaces support.


Image by Expreview

The ATI RV670 chip will be produced using 55nm process technology at TSMC and will have 320 unified shader processors, the same amount as found on the ATI R600 GPU as well as ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT/Pro graphics cards. It is unclear whether the RV670 will continue to have 512-bit memory bus, or AMD will shrink it to 256-bit, but will improve efficiency of render back ends (RBEs) and boost the speed of GDDR4 memory chips. The second option is preferable, as it allows to make graphics cards considerably easier and cheaper to produce.

The new graphics chip will also support double precision floating point, something which is needed for certain general purpose computing tasks, but is not crucially required for graphics processing.

It is currently supposed that AMD is on track to deliver the ATI RV670-based products onto the market in November, though, the world’s No. 2 supplier of x86 central processing units may postpone the launch of the new graphics products till it makes available its highly-anticipated AMD Phenom FX processors in December in order to roll out a “gaming platform”. It also remains unknown whether AMD plans to release ATI code-named R680 product.

Official from AMD did not comment on the news-story.

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cool news, nice to see ATI with a solid game plan.

I am dieing to know what Nvidia plans to release this November, now that I seen what ATI is doing...

And to the author-- Delay these cards until phenom is ready? WHAT? And miss the Cyrsis release date, and x-mas season? No way lol. If they have these new cards ready in Nov, then they' best release them ASAP, or they risk missing out on a lot of sales from people who will be buying new rigs (like me) or upgrading older rigs to play the new incredible games coming out this year, not next year......

Miss Crysis, and you probably miss 70% of the customers in the next 6 months lol =D so it would be a bad idea to delay the release of these new GFX cards IMO.

And really, who cares about Phenom? That technology is going to be obsolete before it is even released. Penryn is out sooner, and far better (and probably cheaper too).
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"And really, who cares about Phenom? That technology is going to be obsolete before it is even released. Penryn is out sooner, and far better (and probably cheaper too)."

You care to back this up with some Benchmarks showing Penryn beating a Phenom Core?

And that is like saying Core 2 will be obsolete when penryn hits the street.

I sorry I don't follow your logic?
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Gamebro is right nitwit. Haven't you seen Barcelona benchmarks? AMD's new quad cores get pwned by good old conroe let alone penryn. AMD's cpus are already obsolete unless they manage to pump out high volumes at high clock speeds with good yields at affordable prices ASAP. Given its AMD we are talking about, I'd say thats unlikely.
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You're an idiot bonbon go eat some fucking crackers faggot. Barcelona was benchmarkced on a different platform than Phenom will be.

Dumb ass!
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Have you not been following the processor news? lol?


Hey I love AMD, I don't want them to die, but there is no denying that penryn is a year ahead of phenom's tech.... The monolithic design of Phenom is great and all, but if you look at the quad opterons out now (basically early phenoms) you'd know they are nothing to get excited about.

Heck, I think I'd even take a Q6600 and overclock the bejezzers outa it before buying a phenom, yet here comes penryn.... Even better... Even smaller, even colder.... Can you imagine how high they will overclock on air alone? Will they even need to overclock to beat out a Phenom?

Need I say more?
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gamebro is the next mr. bon fucking cracker posting on every single AMD related news here at Xbitlabs. Fucking dumb fucks. Get your shit straight, intel brainwashed motherfuckers.
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hey

Yes the gain from SSE4 are very impressive with the applications that are coded for it.

And there is no doubt that intel's manufacturing is excellent currently when it comes to overclocking.

I do think we all need to do the wait and see approach at the moment. i'm not saying that Phenom is gonna get like a huge 20% increase from just getting the quicker memory access. However its a brand new processor generation. Just look at the P4 which started out as a POS duck, then turned into a eagle by northwood.

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Yes, it shall be an interesting November this year. I just hope AMD gets Phenom benchies out in early November, to end this waiting game once and for all =\ (Oh, and leaks the pricing too)
The longer AMD waits, the more likely people like me are to give in to that tempting Q6600. (man the one time I actually wish a game would get delayed a few months--- crysis lol)


Back on topic lol (sorry kinda my fault).... Does anybody have additional information on the pricing of ATI's new cards?
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