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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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Oh man.
By wuZheng on 4/10/2006 11:18:35 PM , Rating: 3
Do ANY of you know how kickass this card will be when its released, its obviously going to have some potential to unlock and overclock, we'll end up with a case similar to the x800gto2 and we all know that the gto2 was and probably still is the best buy on the market for a DX9b compatible card. So I wouldn't mind getting what could potentially be a x1900xtx for about 200-300 dollars. That'd smoke the 7900GT which is btw, limited in availability.

RE: Oh man.
By etriky on 4/11/2006 4:43:49 AM , Rating: 2
Speaking of availability, does anyone know whats up with Nvidia and the 7900 series? The GTX is NOT available and the GT is hard to find now. They have nailed the hard launch, but can't seem to keep the damn things in stock.

Disclaimer: As is required in all graphics posts I will state my graphics card company fan club affiliation. I like Nvidia. No reason. I don't care. You can't change my opinion.

RE: Oh man.
By HPTech on 4/11/2006 6:24:48 AM , Rating: 2

Don't know where you are located in the world but they're available in the UK and in stock! < - OOS now but some arriving today/2 days

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