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The purported leaked AMD 67xx series spec sheet (click to enlarge).  (Source: Chip Hell)
Upcoming 40 nm GPU will offer some sweet gains, if leaked specs are to be believed

A member of Chinese-language forum PC In Life ("gf6600") has leaked what appears to be Advanced Micro Devices' spec sheet for its mid-range members of its 6000 series.  The leak was validated by site Chip Hell, which leaked a more complete version of the table.  

The spec sheet covers AMD's 
Barts GPUs, its upcoming mid-to-high range GPU entry, which will be built on a 40 nm process.

If the sheet is to be believed, AMD is about to unload a world of hurt on its competitor NVIDIA in January, when the new cards are expected to start trickling out.  The spec sheet shows two GPUs (the HD 6750 and HD 6770) that clearly outclass AMD's current mid-to-high range offerings (HD 5750 and HD 5770), even rivaling AMD's current high end flagship chips (HD 5850 and HD 5870).

With respect to their direct predecessors (e.g. the HD 5750 for the HD 6750), raw computing performance has been bumped over 60 percent, as has the texture fill rate.  The memory bandwidth, Z/Stencil, and pixel rates have all approximately doubled.

That's not to shabby considering that the second leak (from 
Chip Hell) indicates that the power envelope has only jumped approximately 30 percent.  While that is generally very good news, the only bad news there is the HD 6770's 150W max power draw likely necessitate 2-pin PCI-e connectors.

If AMD can keep within its current pricing scheme for the new lineup, that could deliver some scary price per performance.  And if this is what's inhabiting AMD's mid-to-high range slot, we can only imagine what monster might be lurking in the high range slot -- dubbed 

The ATI brand name may be dead, but AMD is clearly carrying on the company's legacy with pride.  Even as NVIDIA turns its eyes to GPU computing and other new markets, AMD's focus is clearly on delivering unbeatable gaming GPUs at their respective price points.

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What die shrink?
By Goty on 9/28/2010 9:36:29 AM , Rating: 4
Upcoming 40 nm die shrink will offer some sweet gains, if leaked specs are to be believed

All of the cards in the 5000-series are 40nm and all of the cards in the 6000-series are going to be 40nm. Where's the die shrink?

RE: What die shrink?
By Da W on 9/28/10, Rating: -1
RE: What die shrink?
By Fleeb on 9/28/2010 9:51:47 AM , Rating: 2
AMD rebranded their 4000 and 5000 series? I don't think just because they have similar performance number it already means it's rebranded. Correct me if I am wrong.

For nVidia, well I know some of them are rebranded because it's the same architecture, same specs, slightly different clocks.

RE: What die shrink?
By FITCamaro on 9/28/2010 9:54:56 AM , Rating: 5
The 4xxx series does not support DX11 while the 5xxx series does. So there's no way the 5770 can be a rebranded 4870.

Get your facts right.

RE: What die shrink?
By Da W on 9/28/10, Rating: -1
RE: What die shrink?
By AstroGuardian on 9/29/2010 6:35:27 AM , Rating: 2
No! We are not happy. Obviously this is NOT your topic. So please stop blurring out insanities.

RE: What die shrink?
By Sahrin on 9/29/2010 7:29:49 AM , Rating: 3
It is not a rebreanded 5870, it is a totally new architecture that uses the same number of spool processors, using the same process node and offer similar performance than a 5870.

You really should quit while you are behind. The 4870 was built on a 55nm process, the 5770 was built on a 40nm process. You are trying to link AMD to "rebranding" - the reason "rebranding" is criticized as a practice is because it forces users to buy higher-end products to get the new featureset. e.g., to get DX10.1 in nVidia's GT200 generation, you had to buy at least a GTX460 - but to look at the name of the GPU's, it appeared as though any GTS2xx GPU also supported DX10.1. In AMD's case every GPU (initially, a few mobile GPU's eventually slipped out that did not have it) with a 5xxx name supported the full DX11 OGL4 featureset. They spent the money to develop a full product line - nVidia saved money then made it look like they didn't, but tried to deceive customers about what they were selling to appeal to OEM's and "bullet-point" customers. What nVidia did was to increase performance but given an inferior feature set. AMD increased performance AND increased the feature set. I'm sorry you can't tell the difference, but maybe staging a self-pitying whine-fest in a post later in this thread will be consolation for you.

Matching the number of execution units borders on the moronic. Both AMD's bulldozer and Intel's Nehalem have have the same number of exeuction units (7 ALU's and 2 FP) - does that make them the same in your eyes?

RE: What die shrink?
By siuol11 on 9/28/2010 10:02:31 AM , Rating: 5
Not re-branded, it's a substantially different architecture. Southern Islands will be even more so.
Since about (I think) the 2xxx series, AMD has used a 5-dimensional shader design. Nvidia uses a one-dimensional shader.
AMD has set up a block of four simple shaders and on complex shader on previous generations. They are now moving to four medium complex shaders per block. This is substantially different setup, and it doesn't even account for the changes in the uncore.

BTW, the jump from the 4 series to the 5 series did use the same process (40nm), and the same shaders... But nothing was just copied over. The uncore was substantially changed in that generation hop as well.

RE: What die shrink?
By KingstonU on 9/28/2010 10:26:13 AM , Rating: 5
The only 4XXX card was 40nm was the 4770, which was the testbed for 40nm, the rest of the 4XXX series was 55nm. 5XXX series was the first 40nm series. The 6XXX series (Southern Islands) remains at 40nm, the 7XXX series (Norhern Islands) will be 28nm.

RE: What die shrink?
By Zingam on 9/28/2010 7:08:24 PM , Rating: 3
If they've managed that speed bump at 40 nm. I can't imagine what 28 nm will bring to us.

RE: What die shrink?
By FaceMaster on 9/29/2010 10:39:34 AM , Rating: 4
AMD has used a 5-dimensional shader design. Nvidia uses a one-dimensional shader.

I can imagine it now.

"Play games on ATI hardware for the ultimate 5D experience."

Take that, Nvidia 3D vision!

RE: What die shrink?
By yomamafor1 on 9/28/2010 10:48:30 AM , Rating: 2
In addition to the posters above, the 6 series combines the core of the 5 series, and the back end (ROPs, etc) of the new Northern Island architecture, which becomes he Southern Island. Originally the 6 series was to get a die shrink of 32nm, but since TSMC decided not to pursue the 32nm fabrication, AMD is forced to stick with 40nm for now, and make a jump to 28nm with the 7 series (Nouthern Island).

RE: What die shrink?
By RussianSensation on 9/29/2010 12:20:58 AM , Rating: 3
No, this is incorrect. The sources which initially reported Northern Islands to be a 28nm part mixed up the names. HD6000 on 40nm IS Northern Islands, while Southern Islands will arrive at 28nm next year. You have it reversed (or are quoting 6 months old news). Perhaps AMD intentionally leaked incorrect information to mislead the competition. The bottom line is HD6000 is a brand new architecture, with shaders more efficient than HD5000 series.

Also to the poster who said HD6770 is nothing but a "rebadged" do realize that HD6770 will be positioned as a mid-range card while HD5870 costs $350+. This likely means at least $100 lower priced card with performance at GTX470~5870 level with TDP ~ 150W. That's great progess imo.

RE: What die shrink?
By AstroGuardian on 9/29/2010 6:32:56 AM , Rating: 2
You have absolutely no idea what are you talking about.

RE: What die shrink?
By nafhan on 9/28/2010 9:47:11 AM , Rating: 1
I think TSMC had trouble with the 32nm node, so they are going directly to the 28nm one or something. Thus causing delays in both AMD and Nvidia products.

RE: What die shrink?
By Goty on 9/28/2010 12:49:34 PM , Rating: 2
Except for, you know, that whole series of cards being released by AMD between now and January or so, which is what I'm referring to.

RE: What die shrink?
By nafhan on 9/29/2010 10:30:59 AM , Rating: 2
Gotcha... I answered your question, but you weren't really asking a question about the next process node. You were pointing out a problem with the article.

RE: What die shrink?
By Fleeb on 9/28/10, Rating: 0
RE: What die shrink?
By Goty on 9/28/2010 12:50:15 PM , Rating: 2
Fleeb, take a look at what I quoted, read my post, then think about your reply.

RE: What die shrink?
By Taft12 on 9/28/2010 1:10:01 PM , Rating: 2
A fundamental misunderstanding of the behaviour of posters on this site and others like it...

Mick still hasn't caught flack from anyone other than yourself about his gaffe!

RE: What die shrink?
By Amiga500 on 9/28/2010 2:03:24 PM , Rating: 2
Why is this getting voted down?

It is completely correct.

Yours in puzzlement,


The rules of DailyTech dictate...
By quiksilvr on 9/28/2010 9:30:37 AM , Rating: 5
That any picture of hot girl(s) used in thumbnails must be accompanied by a link to a high-res photo.

RE: The rules of DailyTech dictate...
By Lord 666 on 9/28/10, Rating: -1
RE: The rules of DailyTech dictate...
By deanx0r on 9/28/2010 12:49:59 PM , Rating: 5
A girl's age is like an equation: if the answer is under 18, do them in your head.

RE: The rules of DailyTech dictate...
By Zingam on 9/28/10, Rating: -1
RE: The rules of DailyTech dictate...
By FaceMaster on 9/28/10, Rating: 0
RE: The rules of DailyTech dictate...
By mcnabney on 9/29/2010 9:23:53 AM , Rating: 2
Just an FYI - going overseas to score some underage (here) tail can potentially land you in jail when you return. It is only prosecuted a few times a year, but the law is on the books.

By FaceMaster on 9/29/2010 10:36:30 AM , Rating: 2
Stop thinking that everybody on this site is from America.

By cknobman on 9/28/2010 9:44:15 AM , Rating: 2
I second this opinion.

RE: The rules of DailyTech dictate...
By FITCamaro on 9/28/10, Rating: -1
RE: The rules of DailyTech dictate...
By NTB on 9/28/2010 10:12:10 AM , Rating: 4
Why limit yourself like that? :-P

By Sazabi19 on 9/28/2010 10:02:27 AM , Rating: 2
I thought the exact same thing, tried to click on it for a larger image only to realize there was no link or anything to click on T .T

RE: The rules of DailyTech dictate...
By iGo on 9/28/2010 11:18:18 AM , Rating: 3
Here you go... :)

Sorry, but that's the largest size that I could find.

By Motoman on 9/28/2010 11:54:57 AM , Rating: 4
Much better. Suddenly, I feel much more scalable...

RE: The rules of DailyTech dictate...
By VoodooChicken on 9/28/2010 3:00:03 PM , Rating: 2
Work blocks the link due to "pornography" content.

RE: The rules of DailyTech dictate...
By iGo on 9/28/2010 9:34:14 PM , Rating: 2
Oh... didn't know that. I mean, I didn't have to open the site as I found the direct link to pic.

RE: The rules of DailyTech dictate...
By poohbear on 9/28/2010 1:43:01 PM , Rating: 3
ure on the internet and complaining about not finding a pic of the hot girl? do u live in Saudi arabia?

By Mk4ever on 9/28/2010 2:58:54 PM , Rating: 2
lol.. maybe he doesn't, but I do.

Funny thing is, the link "iGo" provided was blocked over here. I had to use a web proxy to see it.

Not that good, but as "Motoman" said, I feel much better!

By drank12quartsstrohsbeer on 9/28/2010 10:00:40 AM , Rating: 2
n January, when the new cards are expected to start trickling out.

I thought the 6700s were going to be released in mid October, with widespread availability in November. and the 6800s were to be released in January. I wouldn't be surprised if the dates have slipped, though. Nobody is gonna want a 5800 after these are released.

RE: January?
By Taft12 on 9/28/2010 10:15:12 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't be surprised to see dates pushed back from mid-October either but they'd be making a mistake not having them available by Christmas (better yet, Black Friday)

RE: January?
By Targon on 9/28/2010 10:35:21 AM , Rating: 2
A paper launch would be even worse for sales though, so that wouldn't be a good thing if production yields are not very good yet. Releasing a mid-ranged product for the next generation before the high end would also be a bad thing, since they would be losing out on sales of the last generation high end parts.

In general, you see the high end of the new generation actually available before the mid range parts for this very reason. I know that at this point, those who pay attention may hold off on purchases until the 6870 or whatever it ends up being called becomes available.

RE: January?
By Taft12 on 9/28/2010 1:12:39 PM , Rating: 2
What you say is true, but I am sure sales of 5850 and 5870 are already down to a trickle and AMD's hand is being forced a bit by Nvidia's successful GTX 460. They need an answer now in that segment.

Make the die bigger
By RugMuch on 9/28/10, Rating: 0
RE: Make the die bigger
By Kaldskryke on 9/28/2010 11:37:36 AM , Rating: 3
Rumored die size for Barts (HD6770) is ~300mm2, which is still quite far below GF100's (GTX480) massive 529mm2, or even GF104's (GTX460) 367mm2. Even though Cayman (HD6870) will be larger than Cypress's (HD5870) 334mm2, it's certainly not going to be as big as GF100, and it will likely outperform it.

RE: Make the die bigger
By FITCamaro on 9/28/2010 12:09:00 PM , Rating: 2
It isn't the size that counts, its how you use it. ;)

Jeff Foxworthy quote - It still takes a long time to get to England in a rowboat.

RE: Make the die bigger
By Taft12 on 9/28/2010 1:09:52 PM , Rating: 2
Ah "research" - another term for coasting off your grant money while surfing porn and dailytech. Rough life ;)

January ??
By Silver2k7 on 9/29/2010 4:33:24 AM , Rating: 2
" in January, when the new cards are expected to start trickling out."

I thought 6770 & 6750 was supposed to launch on October 14 or 18.. with 6800 cards and the lower models in early 2011.

AMD's new GPUs
By Roberto Moreira on 9/29/2010 8:25:09 AM , Rating: 2
A release published today in the same Chip Hell site affirms that chart concerns to 6850 and 6870, not to 6750 and 6770 features.
Note: I don't read chinese, but translated it via Google Translator.

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