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New product advisory update reveals details of the upcoming RV570

DailyTech has received an ATI product advisory that reveals a couple of details on the upcoming RV570 GPU. ATI’s upcoming RV570 GPU is expected to arrive as the Radeon X1950 Pro with 12 pipelines and 36 pixel shaders. The ATI product advisory update states that board partners are currently receiving RV570XT ASICs. Final RV570XT ASICs is the A12 stepping. Reference boards are available from ATI beginning September 19th, 2006. ATI’s Radeon X1950 Pro reference board is clocked at 580 MHz and 1.40 GHz for core and memory respectively.

HDCP support for Radeon X1950 Pro graphics cards is optional and not required by ATI, though the reference board is HDCP compliant. ATI add-in board partners can purchase the necessary EEPROMs with preprogrammed PID keys directly from ATI if it wishes to implement HDCP compliance on its Radeon X1950 Pro products. The product advisory update makes no mention if built by ATI Radeon X1950 Pro products will have HDCP compliance or not.

Native CrossFire support will make its debut with Radeon X1950 and require an internal CrossFire bridge interconnect. The internal CrossFire bridge interconnect is produced by Molex and is required to be included in all shipping Radeon X1950 Pro products.

Three different video output configurations will be supported for Radeon X1950 Pro graphics cards. This includes dual dual-link DVI + S-video, dual-link DVI + single-link DVI + S-video and dual-link DVI + VGA + S-video configurations. The video output configuration is up to the add-in board partner as ATI doesn’t recommend any particular video output configuration.

Expect the product to launch "no earlier than October 5th, 2006," though a mid-October launch is more likely. Pricing on ATI Radeon X1950 Pro based cards is expected to fill in the slot right below ATI’s recently introduced Radeon X1900XT 256MB and eventually replace the current 36 pixel shader Radeon X1900GT.

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Do we really need all these refresh for the DX9 gen?
By wing0 on 9/14/2006 8:46:28 AM , Rating: 3
Maybe I'm not a hardcore gamer or one that need to run everything at 1600X1200 with maximum AA, AF, HDR and soft shadow, but it's like 3-4 months before we're going to get Vista. If I remember correctly, they said some games will only run on Vista and need to have DX10 cards to play?

Where are the DX10 cards???

By wing0 on 9/14/2006 10:43:21 AM , Rating: 3
I did not mention anything about SLI at all in my post and for Vista games, I said "some" games.

Crossfire Support
By RaptorEye on 9/14/2006 12:06:02 AM , Rating: 2
They say this will use the Internal Bridge Conection like SLi, but the thing i'm curious about is will all current chipsets that support Crossfire(975X, & the various ATI chipsets for AMD Platforms) support this type of crossfire?

Because i plan on upgrading from my aging AXP system to a Core 2 Duo System with a Abit AW9D-Max(975X) and using one of these cards at 1st then maybey pluging another one in at a latter date...

RE: Crossfire Support
By Goty on 9/14/2006 8:53:29 AM , Rating: 2
As long as the connection is there, I don't think it will matter what chipset you're using (as long as that chipset is crossfire compatible, that is).

By aweigh on 9/14/2006 12:02:57 AM , Rating: 2
Right now... yeah, ATI's the best. But it's all cyclical.

By asabour on 9/14/2006 2:57:34 AM , Rating: 2
No HDMI connections??

By hajj on 9/14/2006 4:01:04 AM , Rating: 2
Bring out dual hdmi output!!! make hdcp mandatory too!!!

Im waiting for a Hdmi card with hdcp and directx 10 with mid-high end specs like 7900gt

So Many "Refreshes"
By CKDragon on 9/14/2006 5:31:41 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure that this technically qualifies as a "product refresh", but it's kind of maddening how many new versions & speed grades this video card generation has had on both the nVidia & ATI fronts.

Maybe my new benchmark-craving side has just been spoiled by the recent Conroe leaps in the CPU market, but it seems like it's about time for some brand new video card architecture and not just X1950XTXXX or 1950GTXTREME

Surplus bridges...
By PrinceGaz on 9/14/2006 2:37:56 PM , Rating: 2
The internal CrossFire bridge interconnect is produced by Molex and is required to be included in all shipping Radeon X1950 Pro products.

Well at least no one should be short of a CrossFire bridge. Everyone who uses CrossFire will have one bridge spare (from the second card), and so will everyone who doesn't.

Yay and on an ATi one no less
By 1pwn on 9/13/06, Rating: -1
wait internal SLI, err xfire bridge?
By michal1980 on 9/14/06, Rating: -1
By Goty on 9/14/2006 8:54:25 AM , Rating: 1
I don't really remember them bashing nVidia because of the SLi interconnect. I DO however remember everyone bashing ATI for the dongle debacle.

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