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ATI's Street News Flash
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ATI just released the July Street News Flash, which was published in response to the recent news of an AMD takeover.  There are just too many good quotes in this one, so we thought we'd just quote the whole news flash in its entirety:
On ATI's Intel License: There is no truth to the rumor that Intel has pulled ATI's chipset license. We continue to ship Intel chipsets under license.

On AMD's commitment to GPUs: The merger with AMD reinforces ATI's position as the world's best GPU supplier. AMD is absolutely committed to maintaining and extending that leadership. The merger gives access to AMD technologies and resources - for example, custom memory design - which will raise performance and reduce costs, further increasing ATI's competitiveness. Also, AMD has been extraordinarily effective in the channel, and access to their know-how, experience, and network, will be a powerful plus for ATI.

On Intel platforms: AMD acquired ATI so it could be the world's number one graphics processor supplier. AMD is absolutely committed to supporting graphics on Intel platforms. Hector Ruiz, AMD's CEO, made this completely clear on the conference call that announced the merger. He stated that AMD wanted to increase choice in the market, and that included ATI graphics on an Intel platform.

On the gift to Nvidia: Nvidia has seen the writing on the wall, and doesn't like what it's saying. The PC market is a tough place to be without any friends. ATI now has all the resources of AMD behind it, and will be producing faster, more compact GPUs and reaching the channel more effectively than ever before. Nvidia's words are bravado, designed to confuse the market while the company tries to find a way to compete now that it's standing alone.

Of course, we also reported that the ATI-Intel cross-license agreement was still in place yesterday.

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RE: Caution - watch out for ignorant fanboys
By LordTerrin on 7/26/2006 9:04:46 PM , Rating: 2
bullcrap dude... The 7800 series is what turned many ATI fans back to Nvidia! I used ATI for quite some time until this new series came out. The performance per dollar ratio is higher, in my opinion, on the midrange nvidia cards than on the midrange ATI cards. I am not a fanboy of either, but what you are saying is just plain false.

By Locutus465 on 7/27/2006 12:05:22 AM , Rating: 2
Both companies have good products... I've used ATI for qutie some time, currently I'm using nVidia because my motherboard is nVidia SLI compatible, and nVidia had the best mid-range performance at the time. The x1900 when it came out was the best signle GPU performer out there, and it seemed to be the best in SLI/X-Fire... In short, ATI and nVidia are fairly evenly matched in tech at this point. Just like AMD/Intel are... At one point one company might leap frog the other, but in the end they usually seem to even out. end of story.

By tonjohn on 7/27/2006 1:15:49 AM , Rating: 2
bullcrap dude... The 7800 series is what turned many ATI fans back to Nvidia!

I agree with what you say about the 7800 (and that movement even began back with the 6x00 series of cards) but I am speaking of the 7900 series and their extremely high rate of failures.

Who wants to purchase an expensive video card that has a fairly high chance of going bad? Not many people that I know of.

The performance per dollar ratio is higher, in my opinion, on the midrange nvidia cards than on the midrange ATI cards.

The 6600GT was one of the best cards for the price in the history of video cards. nVidia has continued to be very successful with their midrange cards. However, ATi's x1800GTO is the best card in it's range for the price. Bascially, nVidia and ATi are neck-and-neck. You can't go wrong by getting a card from either company (however, I would personally reccomend avoiding the 7900 series).

Like you, I am not a fanboy. If you come to the forums you will see that I advise people to get the best thing that they can afford regardless of who makes it. Sometimes that is nVidia, other times that is ATi.

RE: Caution - watch out for ignorant fanboys
By jabber on 7/27/2006 7:47:48 AM , Rating: 2
"The 7800 series is what turned many ATI fans back to Nvidia!"

The 7800 series was purely a stop gap range. I'd have been pretty annoyed if I'd bought a 7800GTX and just a few weeks later the cheaper, better performing 7900 series came out.

Luckily I waited.

It will be interesting to see what Intel does with its PowerVR license. This current trend of brute force graphics power a tthe expense of power and heat has to come to an end soon. Ween need a clever, more sophisticated approach. Tile rendering could be the answer. I reckon a PowerVR based card with the power of say a 6600GT could be pretty impressive.

RE: Caution - watch out for ignorant fanboys
By mino on 7/27/2006 4:30:42 PM , Rating: 2
He meant 7800GT's. At its time the X850 had pretty hard time to cope with it.
GTX was stop-gap, but AFAIK the manufacturing gave them the possibility to maky more money so the did it. GTX was not planned initially. At least not at those sky-high cloks.

By mino on 7/27/2006 4:34:56 PM , Rating: 2
by 7800GT I meant 7800GTX 256M
by 7800GTX I meant 7800GTX 512M

This happens when a company uses such a stupid naming scheme. (Core Duo vs. Core march. vs Core 2 anyone ;-) )

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