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ATI adds another SKU to the X1900 series

There is a new Radeon X1900 series graphics card waiting in the wings. According to internal documents, ATI is set to release a single-slot Radeon X1900 GT with 36 pixel shaders. The card is in effect, a cut-down version of the Radeon X1900 XTX and is positioned to go toe-to-toe with NVIDIA's popular GeForce 7900 GT in performance and in price. CrossFire support can be enabled with an external cable connection to a Radeon X1900 512MB CrossFire Edition graphics card. 

Qualification samples of the Radeon X1900 GT are available now with production starting the week of April 14th. According to ATI, support for the X1900 GT will be added in Catalyst driver 6.4 (ver 8.241) -- which ATI expects to release tommorow or the day after. 

Here are the specs for the new card in comparison to the Radeon X1900 XTX:

Radeon X1900 GT
Radeon X1900 XTX
Pixel Shaders
36 48
Core Clock
Memory Size
Memory Clock

The ATI part number for the X1900GT will be 100-435803.  Samples are already apparently shipping to certain vendors and media.  The X1900GT will only require a single slot cooling solution, but it is up to the AIB partners to specify the exact cooler desired. 

Current GeForce 7900GT cards retail for just over $300.  Vendors tell us pricing has not been officially announced, but that every sign seems to indicate that the X1900 GT will show up priced at or below that $300 magic mark.  Since the Radeon X1900 GT is based on the R580 ASIC, there is already talk that an "unlock" might be in the works to convert an X1900 GT into a full blown X1900 XT.  Coupled with good heat sink solutions, and ATI's new stance on overclocking, the Radeon X1900 GT might be the next killer card this summer.

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By BassBomb on 4/10/2006 7:41:21 PM , Rating: 0
ati isnt exactly killer on teh price points when they come out, so i dont think this will be competetive with a 7900GT right at bat, as 7900GT will probably be 250 or so by the time this card comes out, when that happens OH DEAR!!

ati seems to miss the mark on pricing alot, not always, but often (remember x700pro vs 6600GT, 6800GT vs x800pro, 7800GT vs x1800xl etc)

By hwhacker on 4/10/2006 7:52:06 PM , Rating: 3
This is more like a x1900GTO, although i'm sure the DT guys know the name...If they say GT, it's prolly GT. ATi, as well as Nvidia are known for reusing, rehashing, and recreating the suffixes used in older and/or competing product...apparently in efforts to confuse the hell out of Joe Shmoe.

As for the X1900XL, last time I checked...that's still coming...Most likely priced in-between this product and the x1900xt, just as the generation before it (GTO,XL,XT,/[xtx])

I was actually hoping the x1900xl would come at the magic $300 mark to compete with the 7900gt. With these clocks though, you can't help but think X1900 (R580) must be having good clock (and pipe)yields.

No doubt this line-up is planned to replace the x1800 (R520) line-up as it eventually goes the way of the Dodo and all of the old cores are used (or used to fight lower-end competition such as the 7600gt/7800gt/7800gtx perhaps at a lower price point)...If that holds true it could soon be priced very well (x1800gto style) and the x1900GT could indeed hold the same characteristic of the x1800GTO (which can flash to an X1800XL), being able to flash to a x1900xl, if not higher because of yields being so good on the cores...Mem speeds could be a problem though for a flash to XT, although manual overclocking could still be very good when flashed to an XL.

Any word Brandon or Kris which mem these are going to use? One would assume both would use 1.4ns (1400mhz) to keep the price down and XT flashing impossible, but you never know. Thx. :)

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