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RV740  (Source: Guru of 3D)

  (Source: Guru of 3D)
Benchmarks place it comfortably between the HD4830 and HD4850

Despite an uncharacteristically tight-lipped stance from ATI on its first 40nm parts, hardware review website Guru of 3D has managed to secure a sample of an RV740-based graphics card and put it through the paces. At first glance, the specifications suggest that it is little more than a shrunken RV770LE core, but a closer look reveals several improvements

According to the preview published today, the GPU boasts 640 shaders, 32 TMUs, and 16 ROPs; all the same as the RV770LE. However, the core and memory clocks both receive a significant bump, up from 575MHz to 650MHz and 1800MHz GDDR3 to 3200MHz GDDR5 respectively. The substantial boost in memory frequency works to offset the performance difference incurred by the smaller 128-bit memory bus on the RV740, which brings the reported math processing rate for the GPU up to 900 GigaFLOPS.

Every single benchmark result published in the review places the RV740-based card right between the existing Radeon HD4830 and HD4850 graphics cards, also from ATI. For example, at 8xMSAA and 16xAF in the popular first person shooter Left 4 Dead, the RV740 turns in 28 FPS, flanked by scores of 25 and 30FPS from the two cards at 2560x1600 resolution. The card does exhibit a significant performance drop at higher resolutions, likely the result of the 128-bit memory bus width and the relatively low 512MB of memory. Other reported benchmarks include Far Cry 2, Crysis WARHEAD, Call of Duty 5: World at War, Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway, and 3DMark Vantage.

MSRP for RV740-based graphics cards is expected to be $99 USD, which should make it a very attractive offering in the upper-mainstream segment. While the official name of the video card has not been released, the author of the article suspects it would be called the Radeon HD4750, which would be a logical name for a card with the given characteristics.

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RE: new AMD Card
By PrinceGaz on 2/25/2009 9:20:10 PM , Rating: 4
I would have expected the first card at 40 nm to be a high performance one.

nVidia learned the very painful lesson from that approach back in the GeForce FX 5800 days, and ATI/AMD have always steered clear of repeating it.

Rather than use a smaller fab-process with the latest and greatest chip, it is best to use it on a low-mid range product until it is proven to have satisfactory yields on those chips, before introducing it at the high-end. Just because you have a new smaller fab process available does not necessarily make it better or faster than the chips which come off the older fabs at first. It takes time for the fab plant to become better at making parts in that process size, so for several months it is common for it to be more economical to produce equally fast or faster parts on the older fab facility.

It's best to start with the new relatively untested facility with low-end parts where there should still be lots of usable chips even with a lot of defects per die, before progressing to manufacturing the large high-end chips which require a much lower defect-rate per die for satisfactory yields.

RE: new AMD Card
By MikeMurphy on 2/26/2009 1:34:44 PM , Rating: 3
Having been an owner of a 4830 and 4850 I can say that my expectations are that the 4830 will still be a better buy for the performance-oriented purchaser than this new chip if prices reflect positioning of stock performance specs.

The RV770LE chips (4830) were binned for one of two reasons. They had defective SIMDs ...OR... they didn't clock well enough to be used as an RV770. From my research and experience the vast amount of these binned chips have defective SIMDs, which means that they clock on par with the RV770. You will find that over half of the RV770LEs clock from stock 575mhz to well over 735mhz which is a phenomenal free overclock. These chips thrive with voltage and can usually break 800mhz with a small bump in power.

Anyways, its one hell of a value chip and I suspect this new chip won't offer the same value when overclocking.

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