RV670 to join the lineup in next quarter

AMD has a new ATI Radeon HD 2000-series graphics processor in the pipeline slated for Q4’2007. The new RV670 GPU is not an ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT replacement, but rather an additional product to AMD’s current midrange lineup. Very little detail is known about RV670 right now.

DailyTech speculates the upcoming RV670 should fill in the large pricing gap left between the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT and the HD 2900 XT, similar to how RV570 joined the X1000-family as the X1950 Pro.

AMD has had a rough launch with its ATI Radeon HD 2000-series GPUs. After months of delay, the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT hit the market with performance barely able to keep up with the months old GeForce 8800 GTS. The 1GB ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT has essentially become a niche product, with low production numbers and performance that barely edges out its 512MB brethren.

Confusions also arose when there was miscommunication between AMD and partners in regards to features of the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT. The AMD ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT lacked universal video decoder, or UVD, capabilities when board partners believed the GPU had it. Nevertheless, not all was lost with the ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT, with it winning tests in CrossFire configurations under Windows Vista.

AMD also recently released its value and mainstream ATI Radeon HD 2400 and HD 2600-series as well, which were met with disappointing performance. Not all is lost with the mainstream models however. The ATI Radeon HD 2600-series manages to shine when it comes to multimedia tasks.

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