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Images courtesy of PCinlife

Naked "R600" images courtesy of PCinlife
Chinese site PCinlife has images of the OEM "R600"

Images of AMD’s next-generation R600 GPU have popped up on Chinese site PCinlife, which have since been removed. The photographed graphics card appears to be an OEM R600 due to its sheer size and cooler design. Retail R600 based products will have a smaller and more size efficient cooler, according to AMD graphics roadmaps.

AMD has adopted a new cooler similar to the current X1950 XTX, albeit super-sized. Underneath the copper heat pipe cooler is the behemoth 700-million transistor count R600 GPU. AMD has opted to manufacturer the R600 on a tested 80nm process.

Eight memory chips grace the PCB for a total of 512MB of GDDR4. The eight memory chips are attached to a 512-bit memory bus with a theoretical maximum clock speed of 2.1 GHz.

This time around AMD has opted to install the Theater 200 for VIVO capabilities. AMD’s previous ATI Radeon products featured the older Rage Theater. The Theater 200 was previously only available in the All-in-Wonder-series and a couple standalone TV tuner products.

AMD’s R600 requires two PCIe power connectors, one 8-pin and one 6-pin. There’s no word on power consumption numbers yet, however.

AMD expects to unleash the R600 this quarter, if everything goes as planned. The upcoming GPU will carry the X2900 model number with an XTX designation, at first. AMD’s R600 architecture serves as the base of its “teraflop in a box” GPGPU platform.

AMD plans to release its mainstream RV610 and RV630 products in the near future as well. NVIDIA also expects to launch its next high-end part, the GeForce 8800 Ultra shortly after it unleashes its mid-range GeForce 8600, 8500 and 8400 products.

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By gramboh on 4/12/2007 1:19:31 PM , Rating: 2
What PSUs support 8pin PCI-e connectors? My brand new Corsair HX 520 has 2x 6pin PCI-e connectors and one 8 pin EPS12V connector (I'm assuming this is different than the PCI-e variant) which I use on my MB. How many people will have to upgrade their PSU for this thing? I'm hoping modular PSUs like mine will have cables/adapters for purchase.

By PlasmaBomb on 4/12/2007 5:52:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yes the PCI-e 8 pin connector is different to a EPS12V 8 pin connector. However if you are overly forceful you could force your EPS 12V 8 pin connector into the original 8 pin PCI-e sockets and fry all sorts of things, so the pci-e connectors had to be modified.

Aren't the R600's going to be 65nm now?

By Kougar on 4/12/2007 7:44:35 PM , Rating: 2
NZXT has several PSUs out on the market with them and so do some other manufacturers.

Remember R600 does not need an 8pin PCIe connector to operate... it is only there incase you wish to overclock.

Digital PWM
By Kougar on 4/12/2007 11:53:55 AM , Rating: 2
Do I spy ATI's first Digital PWM use on a GPU here?

Interesting fact about the Theater chip, I did not know that!

RE: Digital PWM
By Kougar on 4/12/2007 12:07:56 PM , Rating: 2
I guess not, the x1950 Pro uses them, and G80 apparently does as well. Strange I don't recall that mentioned before.

The real question
By Spivonious on 4/12/2007 12:45:24 PM , Rating: 2
Will it fit in an ATX case? My X1900 already pushes up against my cables at the front of the case.

RE: The real question
By therealnickdanger on 4/12/2007 12:53:32 PM , Rating: 2
This is the OEM version. The retail versions will be around the standard 9" length, so it should fit no problem.

By Beany on 4/12/2007 5:47:20 PM , Rating: 2
I thought these new cards could output sound... but the card pictured has DVI, not HDMI, so how can it output sound?

By fk49 on 4/12/2007 11:18:55 PM , Rating: 2
I think the chip is able to output sound through HDMI..but it is up to each individual manufacturer to decide whether or not to include it in their PCB design.

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