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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 Scabies on 6/6/2006 4:38:09 PM , Rating: 2
This is me confused

Is the R600 different from the RD600 and the RS600? Or is it like R600=Ri600 (where 'i' is the specific model identifier, thus the RD and RS are both R600 chipsets?)

RE: shoot
By akugami on 6/6/2006 4:48:43 PM , Rating: 2
RD600 and RS600 are motherboard chipsets, think nforce 2, 3, 4, 5. The R600 is a codename for a GPU core, think nVidia G70, G71, G80.

RE: shoot
By UlricT on 6/6/2006 4:56:27 PM , Rating: 2
RSxxxx/RDxxxx is chipset.
Rxxxx is graphics.

RE: shoot
By surt on 6/6/2006 5:01:07 PM , Rating: 3
Wow, somebody in marketing should be losing their job. The very purpose of ever having a publicly accessible model number is to disambiguate your product lines in a straightforward manner.

For a company with only a couple of major product lines, to allow your public model numbers to collide like this is just plain negligent.

RE: shoot
By Anh Huynh on 6/6/2006 7:20:27 PM , Rating: 2
RSxxx/RDxxx and Rxxx are internal code names that most consumers will never hear about, I see nothing wrong with the current naming scheme.

RE: shoot
By RyanVM on 6/6/2006 7:21:00 PM , Rating: 2
Those are engineering codenames - nothing to do with marketing. Marketing are the people who come up with X1900XTX and other retarded names like that.

RE: shoot
By Wwhat on 6/6/2006 7:28:31 PM , Rating: 2
What? most consumers never hear about?
mr. google speaks:
Results 1 - 10 of about 80,200 for ati rs600.
Results 1 - 10 of about 575,000 for ati rd600
Results 1 - 10 of about 759,000 for ati r600.

Must be amish consumers you refer to.

RE: shoot
By Rock Hydra on 6/6/2006 8:46:40 PM , Rating: 2
That doesn't matter. They're not production model names, therefore they have nothing to do with marketing. As long as they can get them straight internally, that's what matters. It's not necessary for you to understand their codenames.

RE: shoot
By ksherman on 6/7/2006 1:47:48 AM , Rating: 2
I fail to see your point.

Just because you can google it and come up with a lot of hits, doesnt prove that the consumer sees that number.

RE: shoot
By Trisped on 6/7/2006 3:34:33 PM , Rating: 2
Those are just tech news sites. Do you remember the code numbers for the ATI 9800? What about the X300, X600, or the x1600?

I sure don't. Most of the time I just guess or look it up on Wikipedia.

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