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AMD's next generation Radeon graphics card to get a boost from GDDR5

Although NVIDIA may be grabbing headlines lately with leaked details of its next generation GeForce graphics cards, AMD isn't exactly standing still with its Radeon offerings. ATI is preparing its Radeon HD 4800 series GPUs which will replace the existing HD 3800 lineup.

While the HD 4800 Series is rumored to feature GPGPU physics and HDMI 7.1 surround sound pass-through, today we were made privy of one concrete aspect of the new cards: the onboard memory. Qimonda contacted DailyTech earlier this morning with the news that they will supply AMD with GDDR5 memory chips for the reinvigorated Radeon family.

"The days of monolithic mega-chips are gone. Being first to market with GDDR in our next-generation architecture, AMD is able to deliver incredible performance using more cost-effective GPUs," remarked Rick Bergman, AMD Senior Vice President and General Manager, Graphics Product Group. "AMD believes that GDDR5 is the optimal way to drive performance gains while being mindful of power consumption. We’re excited about the potential GDDR5 brings to the table for innovative game development and even more exciting game play."

The high-speed memory chips are 512Mbit and offer bandwidth of up to 4.0Gbps. In preparing for AMD's June launch, mass production of the new GDDR5 chips has already commenced and are shipping in volume.

"We are very proud to supply AMD with GDDR5 volume shipments only six months after first product samples have been delivered," said Robert Feurle, Qimonda AG's Vice President of the DRAM Business Unit. "This is a further milestone in our successful GDDR5 roadmap and underlines our predominant position as innovator and leader in the graphics DRAM market."

"Qimonda's strong GDDR5 roadmap convinced us to choose them as a primary technology partner for our GDDR5 GPU launch," added AMD's Joe Macri. "Both the early availability of first samples and volume shipments added great value to the development and launch of our upcoming high-performance GPU."

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RE: Wahoo!
By amanojaku on 5/21/2008 3:20:11 PM , Rating: 5
GDDR - GRAPHICS DDR. Motherboard memory is only up to DDR3. While I'm not against faster RAM, the bottlenecks are elsewhere, like storage, bus speeds, and interconnect latencies.

RE: Wahoo!
By SandmanWN on 5/21/2008 3:47:41 PM , Rating: 5
Except your forgot one of the biggest bottlenecks with IGP solutions is their dependency on system ram. The 780G can alternately use on-board GDDR instead of system memory. So the guy is essentially correct.

RE: Wahoo!
By Pirks on 5/21/08, Rating: -1
RE: Wahoo!
By SandmanWN on 5/21/2008 4:43:03 PM , Rating: 2
Sheesh man, its only been on the market for about 30 days. Sorry they disappointed you so much and haven't released every conceivable combination of options for the board yet. Seems like it would be a little understandable that those models would be a little behind the release date given its been standard to hijack system memory for the last decade of IGP solutions.

RE: Wahoo!
By Nehemoth on 5/21/2008 4:45:05 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Wahoo!
By Pirks on 5/21/08, Rating: 0
RE: Wahoo!
By ZaethDekar on 5/21/2008 6:09:05 PM , Rating: 1
Think of it as this way.

You have ALWAYS learned to walk standing upright... everything from the ground goes through your feet. Now start walking like an ape. Now you have even more sets of feelings coming in and you have to figure out what is from where and organize it. However we have our brains do the work... they have to program it to know. So I am not surprised they havn't gotten it together in two months. So thus why I am holding out for the future.

RE: Wahoo!
By Pirks on 5/21/08, Rating: -1
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By arjunp2085 on 5/22/08, Rating: 0
RE: Wahoo!
By teldar on 5/23/2008 8:10:03 AM , Rating: 2
Unlike Pirks and amanojaku who seem to want to be negative about faster memory, I think it would be great to get faster memory on motherboards. As is pointed out, think of what the upcoming 790GX chipset would be able to do with some 2GHz DDR on the board as direct access for the IGP. Or just having that kind of bandwidth for the entire system. IGP would truly catch up with stand alone cards of the same specs instantly.

Now, I understand that DDR (standard and not GDDR) probably has significant differences in terms of precision over GDDR, but I can't help but think that it would be great if the technologies were able to merge somewhat.


RE: Wahoo!
By Omega215D on 5/21/2008 9:30:50 PM , Rating: 2
When I first looked at the motherboard in my HP Pavilion Pentium III 800 I noticed something interesting. There was nice empty lot that was reserved for a GPU and dedicated RAM for the GPU. Good performance from integrated graphics was a real possibility back in 1999/2000 but I wonder why they didn't solder on the TNT2 chip.

Now with the new lower power requirements of GDDR5 maybe we could see integrated graphics that won't suck so bad or suck up system RAM. We already have the low power consuming GPUs, and while they aren't high end, being able to play modern games could be nice option.

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