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More chipsets, more GPUs, more options

DailyTech today reported on ATI's announcement of just how it will offer physics processing in its lineup. Using the latest Xpress 3200 (RD600) chipset, ATI is enabling physics processing by using a 3rd add-in card. Using an X1000 family card, a user can enable dedicated physics processing card after they have installed a CrossFire setup.

Physics however, remains only one of ATI's major announcements at Computex. DailyTech's legal counsel has advised us to stop posting corporate roadmap slides with trademarked logos (some sort of copyright thing), but we can still disseminate information the old fashioned way.  ATI has several new GPUs lined up for the second half of 2006:

  • RV505CE lowest end, 64-bit, 350MHz core / 250MHz memory
  • RV505LE low end, 128-bit 450MHz core
  • RV505 Pro
  • RV515 Pro

We will have more details on the above GPUs as they come.  The majority of ATI's new GPUs are expected to launch this August and September.

The last trick up ATI's sleeve for 2006 is integrated Crossfire.  ATI RV560 and RV570 will use an on-chip Crossfire logic that will allow for any motherboard to use dual GPUs in Crossfire mode.  The composite engine used in the core still does not move all of the data across the PCIe lanes, and manufacturers insist to us that some sort of dongle or bridge will be needed between each card.

ATI's upcoming RV560 is a 128-bit pipeline, 450MHz core, 650MHz memory, 16x32 6 layer PCB. Roadmaps indicate that ATI will introduce both AGP and PCIe versions in August of this year. ATI's RV570 is identical (as far as we know) to RV560 except that it will have a 256-bit pipeline instead of 128-bit. Core frequency will remain the same as well as memory frequency.

At the most high end of ATI's mid-range is the RV570XT ASIC.  RV570XT will feature everything the same as RV570XL, but have significantly higher clock speeds.  The core clock speed should reach more than 600MHz and the memory clock speeds should obtain speeds near 1.1GHz.

By the end of the year, ATI will have at least samples for what the corporate roadmap calls "R580+."  Essentially R580+ is the R580 (Radeon X1900) ASIC with GDDR4 memory.  There is no word yet on clock speeds or release dates.

OEM partners did not have any details on R600.  The ATI roadmap so far carries the company through November. We reported earlier today that ATI's RS600 chipset gets a positive showing at Computex with several board releases from ATI partners.

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By Josh7289 on 6/6/2006 3:37:34 PM , Rating: 2
Until ATI fixes their drivers to allow 1:1 pixel scaling on LCDs, they're not getting my money.

RE: Meh...
By gersson on 6/6/2006 3:43:42 PM , Rating: 2
You've got to be kidding...

They're in Catalyst 6.5, man.

I use 1:1 for BF2 cos it doesnt properly support widescreen...

You Monitor has a say too.

RE: Meh...
By Josh7289 on 6/6/2006 4:08:50 PM , Rating: 2
First of all, monitor has NO say in it, but 1:1

RE: Meh...
By Josh7289 on 6/6/06, Rating: 0
RE: Meh...
By Phynaz on 6/6/2006 4:32:20 PM , Rating: 2
funny, I have a setting on my LCD that sets scaling options.

RE: Meh...
By Josh7289 on 6/6/2006 4:55:52 PM , Rating: 2
Some monitors are able to do this.

RE: Meh...
By Trisped on 6/7/2006 3:25:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, most LCD monitors scale. Unless you have a very strange LCD monitor (not a standard size) you can set the resolution to correctly correspond with your monitor. In fact, good monitors come with a drivers disk that tells the video card what resolutions, refresh rates, and color depth are available on your monitor.

It sounds like you are complaining about a problem either with your monitor drivers or the game/full screen program you are running. As has been noted else where, not all games support wide screen resolutions. Some can be hacked to, but most are designed to work only with 4:3 monitors. Sorry, this isn't ATI OR NVIDIA's fault.

And don't forget, NVIDIA has problems with their drivers too.

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