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Photos of AMD's upcoming Radeon 6990 dual-GPU have surfaced on the Japanese website 4Gamer.net and the card's sheer bulk is an impressive sight. Instead of using a fan mounted at the back of the GPU that pushes air across and out the front, the 6990's fan sits dead center where it can simultaneously cool both GPUs. We're curious about how the air intake/outtake work in this design; it appears that the fan pulls air over the second GPU and pushes it across the first. No word yet on whether this card is larger than the 5970 but it sticks with the former's 6-pin / 8-pin auxiliary power connections.... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that ATI will be shipping standard and Crossfire edition variants of their upcoming R580+ GPU with the same operating frequencies. Traditionally, the Crossfire edition master card trailed the flagship level model in terms of frequency. For the first time, owners of the top of the line cards will be able to have two cards running in Crossfire mode with no forced decrease in core speed. Although a very welcomed change, it is somewhat ironic that this topic is already destined to become a null issue as ATI's upcoming RD600 chipset will not require a Crossfire... Read more...
Market share is the name of the game in the Computing industry and AMD has been slowly chipping away at Intel's market share over the past few years, with the release of faster Desktop processor cores with significantly better performance per watt, clock-cycle and dollar.  AMD's performance advantage also has allowed the company to further expand market share in the Enterprise Server arena, as was recently ear-marked by Dell's announcement of an Opteron-based product line during their recent earnings call. Not to mention Sun's successes in the same market space with their... Read more...
The title speaks volumes and it's a lengthy one indeed. AMD's new DDR2 infused platform is here, in concert with new chipset offerings from NVIDIA and ATI.  Swing on by for a look...   And Digg on it here please to spread the word to others.  ... Read more...
Fudo over at the Inquirer reports that he has confirmed with high ranking sources that ATI's refresh of their R580 GPU will remain at 90u and not be fabbed on a smaller 80u process as originally suspected. Apparently, there will be some design changes beyond just higher core and memory frequencies. Although the current R580 core is arguably the fastest GPU on the planet right now, it is also a massive die that produces a significant amount of heat. With no process change to aid in lowering heat and decreasing die real estate, it will be interesting to see what ATI's engineers come up with this... Read more...
Anandtech has posted an article which outlines the current status of ATI's upcoming RD580 with motherboard vendors in Taiwan. With the launch of this chipset, ATI will have single-chip answer to NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI x16 chipset allowing its Crossfire technology ample bandwidth. With a launch pending in the near future, it appears as though ATI is pushing for a hard-launch with products available immediately. Our conversations with Taiwan motherboard manufacturers indicate that the launch of the RD580 chipset on March 1 will also be accompanied... Read more...
The rumor mill at The Inquirer is beginning to run at a frantic pace as tidbits of news regarding NVIDIA's 90u flagship GPU begin to make their way around the internet. Fudo reports that NVIDIA's G71 GPU is shaping up to be a very high-frequency part that "should" have no trouble besting ATI's X1900 XTX in the usual group of benchmarks. Obviously, we'll reserve final judgement until we have the cards on our test bench. However, it certainly proves interesting to hear rumors of some G71 samples hitting 800MHz with standard air cooling!... Read more...
The gang at Beyond3D have formulated a long list of technical questions regarding ATI's new R580 architecture and have published their findings. Receiving input from both Eric Demers of the Desktop Graphics Engineering group and Richard Huddy from ISV relations, there is a suprising level of detail shared throughout the discussion. If the finer details of GPU architecture get your blood going, this R580-based article certainly warrants your attention.Right now, they seem to balance at 1:1 (TEX:ROP), but the trend is towards lowering ROPs, in general. The reality is that shading per pixel is increasing,... Read more...
In October of '05 ATI officially unveiled a new family of graphics cards based on the company's R520 GPU core and its derivatives. With the R520 ATI introduced a new "Ultra-Threaded" architecture, along with their new Ring Bus memory controller, and a more powerful video engine dubbed AVIVO, among numerous other things. Unfortunately though, the R520 and its derivatives, which were the first members of what eventually became known as the X1K family of products, were a long time coming. The move to a 90nm manufacturing process in conjunction with a simple circuit bug that was replicated... Read more...
Today, we've seen a few interesting bits of news show up on the web concerning ATI's next-generation R580 flagship GPU. The Register reports that Japanese vendors already have the cards on hand and that a note inside the boxes claims some pretty serious power requirements. On its own, a single R580 card requires a 450W PSU with 30A on the 12V rail. When two cards are in a Crossfire configuration, your system will need a power supply with at least 550W and a whopping 38A on the 12V rail. Yet another somewhat surprising rumor comes from The Inquirer and states that the R580 All In Wonder card will... Read more...
The Inquirer reports that they are receiving word that ATI's upcoming RD580 Crossfire chipset will be slightly delayed until late February or early March. Based on a new Xpress 3200 chipset, RD580 should provide a healthy increase in performance as well as address several of the shortfalls of ATI's previous chipsets. For those looking to mate a new R580 GPU to a new RD580 chipset, it appears as though you have a slight wait ahead of you. Fortunately, the performance should make that slight inconvenience well worth the wait. In the meantime, ATI... Read more...
Well, it looks as though Daily Tech wants to end the week with a bang as they have somehow managed to get their hands on an actual X1900XT card from Taiwan and have thrown NDA's to the wind by posting some benchmark results. Looking at the numbers they ran and the numbers provided by ATI it looks as though we have some seriously fast hardware that will displace the GeForce 7800 GTX 512MB as the fastest card on the planet. Perhaps we're just getting greedy, but I would have really liked to see this next-generation core pull further ahead performance wise. Then again, the board was tested with a... Read more...
The Inquirer is reporting that ATI is busy prepping their Mobility Radeon X1800XT series to battle NVIDIA's GeForce Go 7800 GPU's. Considering the fact that ATI supposedly had to lower core frequencies to an estimated 445MHz (versus the 500MHz of its desktop counterpart), it is more than a bit surprising to see ATI not opting to wait for their mobile R580 part. If R580 is nearly ready as the rumors suggest and it is similar to R520, giving ODM notebook vendors an R580 part with a few minor changes seems like a much more strategic move on ATI's part. Then again, the Inquirer could be right and we... Read more...
The Inquirer has posted a brief but confusing bit of news regarding how ATI's upcoming R580 flagship core will compare against NVIDIA's upcoming G71 flagship GPU. In one breath, it sounds like R580 will be an absolute slam dunk however the post ends with what seems to be a complete contradiction. Head on over to read the article and make your own decision which GPU will be king next year.While some games track 3DMark closely, others do not, so ATI will probably be more than that little bit ahead on a number of games, but this new card is probably not the clean kill ATI would want it to be. The... Read more...
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