ATI Radeon X1950 XTX Rumors

Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that ATI's upcoming R580 refresh of their current flagship R580 GPU will be arriving sometime next month with an initial cost being roughly $750. The cost is expected to drop slightly down to $700 once the initial supply catches up with demand. At this time, performance estimates place the new GPU about 7% faster in most benchmark applications though no specific performance numbers have been given. Nearly as important as the increased performance, rumors have it the new card will feature a new heatsink assembly which will be a welcomed change for those currently gaming with a Radeon X1900 XTX with its high-pitched leafblower heatsink.

"ATI'S UPCOMING R580+ based card will sit at around the ¬399 price mark when it arrives next month. We expect it to start off at ¬419 but will soon drop to ¬399. ATI wants to push this card hard and is dropping the price to fight Nvidia's 7950 GX2 card. It will still be slower than the doubled-up GX2 but we are sure that two X1950 XTXes will beat the single 7950 GX2. It may even give quad SLI to run for its money."