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gaganjain
01-02-2007, 02:33 AM
Early AMD ATI "R600" Specs, Benchmarks Leaked

Newly created site Level 505 has leaked benchmarks and specifications of AMD’s upcoming ATI R600 graphics processor. The upcoming graphics processor is expected to launch in January 2007 with an expected revision arriving in March 2007. These early specifications and launch dates line up with what DailyTech has already published and are present on ATI internal roadmaps as of workweek 49.

Preliminary specifications from Level 505 of the ATI R600 are as follows:

* 64 4-Way SIMD Unified Shaders, 128 Shader Operations/Cycle
* 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs
* 512 bit Memory Controller, full 32 bit per chip connection
* GDDR3 at 900 MHz clock speed (January)
* GDDR4 at 1.1 GHz clock speed (March, revised edition)
* Total bandwidth 115 GB/s on GDDR3
* Total bandwidth 140 GB/s on GDDR4
* Consumer memory support 1024 MB
* DX10 full compatibility with draft DX10.1 vendor-specific cap removal (unified programming)
* 32FP [sic] internal processing
* Hardware support for GPU clustering (any x^2 [sic] number, not limited to Dual or Quad-GPU)
* Hardware DVI-HDCP support (High Definition Copy Protocol)
* Hardware Quad-DVI output support (Limited to workstation editions)
* 230W TDP PCI-SIG compliant
http://level505.com/2006/12/30/the-full-ati-r600-test/1/

ThomasMahler
01-02-2007, 09:04 AM
Anyone else who's thinking that AMD and Nvidia should come up with better, easier to remember names than a letter and a code? X800, 6800, 7800, 7900, X1900 and the fun goes on with the gt, gto, xt, xtx, gts, etc. suffixes - how should any non-technical person know what the heck's the best card for his/her purpose without having to read through a ton of reviews?

Anyway, I'm quite sure this card will rock a lot. I don't care for ATI/AMD cards all that much, but it's always good to see that the two kick their asses and push themselves forward.

AlexC
01-02-2007, 09:18 AM
how should any non-technical person know what the heck's the best card for his/her purpose without having to read through a ton of reviews?

They shouldn't. If they know what is the best card for them without reading reviews then they must have some technical knowledge of them. But I do agree, with the suffixes, they are just mad with the different variations of them.

cpan
01-02-2007, 09:38 AM
up to 48% faster than 8800GTX? nice.
now if they could only improve their drivers and i'm sold :)

AlexC
01-02-2007, 09:44 AM
yeah I hope they improve the drivers to, there was talk of them going open-source a while ago - now that would be great!

spacefrog
01-02-2007, 12:57 PM
some skepticism about the benchmarks and the 8800 comparison might be in place....

http://www.guru3d.com/newsitem.php?id=4731

Tripdragon
01-02-2007, 05:10 PM
Yawn, just a lot more useless stuff no artist can use aside from a playing a video game...

BillSpradlin
01-02-2007, 10:33 PM
Yawn, just a lot more useless stuff no artist can use aside from a playing a video game...

That statement really couldn't be any more wrong. Speaking from the most obvious point, more horsepower = more polys to push around = more productivity when it comes to 3d. Now if you are speaking in regards to Photoshop artists, then yes, you're right, that hasn't really improved a whole lot in 10 years or so...

DrBalthar
01-03-2007, 07:57 AM
Well hope they are faster with VISTA (DX10) drivers than the Nvidia disaster.

Ivan D Young
01-04-2007, 05:36 PM
Don't be so quick to discount a speed increase for Photoshop, The rumors are that newer versions of most of the Adobe products will be using either DX 10 or OpenGL to speed up those apps. Since Vista is bringing in a lot of new features in DX 10 in both in terms of individual apps and the OS, many companies will at some point upgrade their programs. So all these new videocards will lead to more speed and productivity, hopefully sooner than later.

DimensionalPunk
04-25-2007, 03:57 AM
Look at these workstation benchmarks. (http://www.dailytech.com/ATI+Radeon+HD+2900+XT+Performance+Benchmarks/article7043.htm)

This card may be the end workstation cards. If it really makes Maya sing like that, $500 is a bargain. I wonder what Nvidias response will be.

jcbray
04-25-2007, 05:13 AM
Nvidia's response will be the 8900, and the circle will go on

DimensionalPunk
04-25-2007, 05:25 AM
Nvidia's response will be the 8900, and the circle will go on

Right, but will Nvidia unleash the workstation performance in their 8900? Isn't the Quadro FX 5500 like four times the price of this card?

jcbray
04-25-2007, 06:55 AM
It's always been the case that the top end card and the workstation ones are near identicle. The workstation cards are just from a higher bin, perhaps have a bit more potential unlocked, and have specialised drivers. The top end card and the quadro of the same generation have always been close on performance - witht eh gaming card often winning - the advantage in the quadro isn't speed, nor is that the reason why tey cost thousands of dollars - it's because they're certified in expensive software, the drivers too.

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