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AMD's January GPU launch includes the dual-GPU R680  (Source: AMD)
Get ready to enter 2008 with a bang: AMD has a bunch of GPUs on the way

AMD's newest R680 graphics processor might look a whole lot like the ill-fated R600 GPU, but the reality couldn't be more bizarre.  Instead of one 80nm behemoth-of-a-GPU, the R680 consists of two 55nm processor cores.

Representatives from AMD would not confirm that the R680 is essentially two RV670 GPU cores on the same board, though the company did confirm that each core has the same specifications of an RV670 processor.

The RV670 graphics core, announced last November with the Phenom processor, is the first 55nm desktop graphics adaptor.  AMD does not target this card as a high-end adaptor, though reviewers were quick to herald the RV670 as AMD's best product of 2007.

The company also made quick mention of the RV620 and RV635 GPU cores.  These cores are nearly identical to the previous RV610 and RV630 processors, but will be produced on the 55nm node instead. 

All three of AMD's new GPUs are scheduled to launch next month. 

Dual-GPU technology is not new.  3dfx's flagship Voodoo 5 family also resorted to multiple processors to achieve its relatively high performance.  ASUS, Gigabyte, Sapphire, HIS and PowerColor all introduced dual-GPU configurations of just about every graphics processor on the market, though these were never "sanctioned" ATI or NVIDIA projects.  Ultimately, all of these projects were canned due to long development times and low demand.

Cross-state rival NVIDIA isn't sitting on idle hands though, either.   The company publicly announced plans to replace all 90nm G80 graphics cores with G92 derivatives by the end of the year.  G92's debut introduction, GeForce 8800 GT, met wild support from reviewers and analysts alike.  G92's second introduce, GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB, was met with similar but less enthusiastic acceptance during Tuesday's launch.

NVIDIA's newest roadmap claims the DirectX 10.1 family of 65nm processors will also hit store shelves this Spring.  The chipsets -- codenamed D9E, D9M and D9P -- are architecturally different from the G80/G92 family.

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GeForce 9???
By marsbound2024 on 12/13/2007 8:08:13 PM , Rating: -1
Where's GeForce 9? Isn't it about that time for launch? I mean simply going by past launches (seems to be roughly once a year plus maybe a few months). Anyone have a clue about when it may be launched and if it will even use that nomenclature?

RE: GeForce 9???
By marsbound2024 on 12/13/2007 8:10:23 PM , Rating: 5
I am guessing that the end of the article is talking about it with the parts to be released in the Spring. I wish NVIDIA would release more information.

RE: GeForce 9???
By 3kliksphilip on 12/14/2007 8:48:55 AM , Rating: 2
I get all excited about new graphics cards normally, waiting to see them rip benchmarks to shreds etc. However, since I bought a Geforce 8800 GTS at the beginning of this year, I've willed the progress to stop. And I guess it has, kind of. Though I agree, DX10 needs a GPU powerful enough to run games at over 60 fps on high resolution settings.

Can anybody name some big name games coming out to utilize this new technology? We went through a stage in 2004 with Far Cry, Half Life 2, Rome TW and Doom3. I wish that could happen again. I know the occasional new game springs up and impresses every one. I want a game with new, interesting technology! Like 3D water physics so a dam can burst and a town further down stream gets washed away, with you hiding in one of the buildings. Yes, I want strange things. But that's what moves technology on. (Who would have thought that watching falling corpses in Unreal Tournament 2003 would have been so FUN?)

RE: GeForce 9???
By Homerboy on 12/14/2007 9:00:40 AM , Rating: 2
Umm Crysis already makes current cards weep. Have you seen the 3xSLI review? Not even 40FPS. Im sure games like Alan Wake etc will do the same

RE: GeForce 9???
By 3kliksphilip on 12/14/2007 11:33:19 AM , Rating: 2
From what I've seen 3 x GPU isn't worth it, as hardly anything supports it effectively.

As this is in the Geforce 9 thread, I was suggesting that a Geforce 9 would be capable of running Crysis on highest everything. I'm not that interested in new Geforce 8 cards- I have one, and new ones only seem about 10 - 15 % faster, which is hardly enough to get excited over. I want a 256 pipeline, 1 GB (minimum) card to come out! It probably won't for over a year- Geforce 8's are going to be milked dry before the new ones come out. It's expensive business researching new cards and until ATI deliver something which will bring the Geforce 8's to their knees, what incentive do Nvidia have for releasing faster cards? All it will do is to reduce the amount of money they gain from the 8 series.

As much as I love AMD, I didn't like the way they released the X2 series and kept the prices at about £200 for over a year until the core 2 duos came out. I know it's the same as Intel did when they had the upper hand and AMD would be struggling even more if they hadn't cashed in on it, but businesses are businesses and competition can only be a good thing. Hopefully these new ATI cards are something super special and it will lead Nvidia to release their new series.

RE: GeForce 9???
By retrospooty on 12/13/2007 9:49:04 PM , Rating: 2
The next high end card is coming in January. its a dual GPU solution like the ATI high end... basically it is 2 8800GT's SLI on one card just like the 7950GTX was. It will be the high end card until the Geforce 9 (or whatever they name it) series is introduced later this year. A date has not yet been set for Geforce 9.

RE: GeForce 9???
By cochy on 12/13/07, Rating: -1
RE: GeForce 9???
By retrospooty on 12/13/2007 11:25:16 PM , Rating: 2
I doubt it, the dual 8800GT is releasing in january as the high end card. The G9 would kill its sales.

It may be ready, but NV will milk it until ATI has a competitive product on the high end.

RE: GeForce 9???
By cochy on 12/13/2007 11:28:09 PM , Rating: 2
I was hoping to upgrade around Feb too. I was looking forward to a next-gen upgrade. Might have to settle for one of these now.

RE: GeForce 9???
By Omega215D on 12/14/2007 12:29:01 AM , Rating: 2
I just bought an 8800GT at Best Buy for $260 after taxes. Before I know it the next gen stuff will be here and beat the pants off the GT. Oh well such is life dealing with technology.

RE: GeForce 9???
By Goty on 12/13/2007 9:50:32 PM , Rating: 2
NVIDIA really doesn't have any incentive to introduce a new line of video cards right now since ATI still can't compete at the high end.

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