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ATI RV570 Details

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New performance and mainstream offerings

During the recent Games Convention 2007 in Germany, we received a new roadmap that outlines ATI’s pre-R600 plans for its complete graphics card lineup. At the top of chain of ATI graphics cards is the previously released Radeon X1950XTX and CrossFire graphics cards. Slotted right below the Radeon X1950XTX and CrossFire cards will be the Radeon X1900XT 512MB which will be a carryover product. The Radeon X1900XTX is discontinued and being phased out. This completes ATI’s enthusiast offerings for the time being.

On the performance side of things is the previously released Radeon X1900XT 256MB. Slotted right below the X1900XT 256MB will be the unreleased Radeon X1950 Pro. The Radeon X1950 Pro replaces the current X1900GT. Radeon X1950 Pro will be based on the RV570 core, which is one of ATI’s first 80nm products. Specifications of the RV570 core include 12 pipelines and 36 pixel shaders with a 600 MHz core clock. Memory will be clocked at 1.4 GHz and have a 256-bit interface. Radeon X1950 Pro cards will be equipped with 256 MB of graphics memory and sport a single slot cooler. This will also be ATI’s first card with internal CrossFire compatibility for dongle-less CrossFire. Availability of the Radeon X1950 Pro is expected in October. ATI claims performance of the Radeon X1950 Pro will be faster than the 7900GT.

On the mainstream side of things is the Radeon X1650 Pro. This is based on the RV530 core and replaces the previous Radeon X1600XT. Joining the mainstream lineup later in September will be the Radeon X1650XT. The Radeon X1650XT will be based on ATI’s upcoming RV560 core that like the RV570 is an 80nm part. It will also have 8 pipelines with 24 pixel shaders and go up against NVIDIA’s GeForce 7900GS. Radeon X1650XT cards will have 256MB of memory on a 128-bit interface. Core and memory clock is unknown. Availability of the Radeon X1650XT is expected around the same time as the Radeon X1950 Pro.

ATI’s value lineup will consist of the Radeon X1300XT, X1300 Pro, X1300, X550HM and X300SE. The Radeon X1300XT is essentially identical to ATI’s previous mainstream offering the Radeon X1600 Pro while the other four products are simply carryovers.

Also mentioned in the roadmaps is ATI’s high definition video compatible mainstream part, the RV550 with ATI’s Universal Video Decoder. The UVD equipped RV550 is expected to start sampling in September and availability starting in December. It will be based on ATI’s R515 core, which is the equivalent of a Radeon X1300 series.

ATI plans to move most of its product lineup over to an 80nm fabrication process too. While the Radeon X1950 Pro and X1650XT will launch as 80nm products, the Radeon X1650 Pro, X1300XT and X1300 series are still based on a 90nm fabrication process. ATI will switch the RV530XT based Radeon X1650 Pro over to 80nm with the RV535XT while the RV530 Pro based X1300XT will switch over to the 80nm RV535 Pro core. ATI’s RV515 and RV516 value based products will switch over to the 80nm R505 variants as well.

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RE: R600
By hwhacker on 8/28/2006 5:13:15 PM , Rating: 2
That that, good sir, I ask you about G80.

Where is it? When's it coming positively? What are the specs/clocks? Don't know? Me neither.
Now ask yourself how old is the GF7 series...June 2005, essentially when the R5xx generation was planned for had they not screwed up the tape out. They're the same age, so there really is no way you can complain at either company, as they seem to be on a fairly similar launch schedule (1 1/2 years).

As for the post a few above:

Well...The 7950 is essentially a replacement for both the 7900gt and 7900gtx by using a lower-clocked GTX at $300 (as the gx2 replaces the GTX's price)

The x1900pro is a x1900gt with slightly higher stock clocks, probably still using the same memory pushed to the edge, so think of it as just a cheaper-produced replacement for ATi overclocked at stock. Remember we still don't know if these 80nm chips overclock any better.

I don't think it's far-fetched to believe the 7950 will probably be a faster card, as the 7900gt, let-alone the gtx is faster than a x1900gt, but that's immaterial as they are $100 apart in price. The important thing to realize is that the x1900gt will bring high-level performance to the <$200 range, so now cheap-ass gamers can have a great card that includes HDR+AA, with perhaps being more efficient (power/heat-wise) than the x1900gt to boot.

RE: R600
By MrDiSante on 8/29/2006 11:50:30 AM , Rating: 2
They're the same age, so there really is no way you can complain at either company, as they seem to be on a fairly similar launch schedule (1 1/2 years).

I'll just complain at both companies if you don't mind.

RE: R600
By Sharky974 on 9/1/2006 5:48:12 AM , Rating: 2
I love how half the people in these comments complain that "they come out with a new video card every two months."

Then the other half complain that it's "two year old technology" (whatever that means).

How bout stop whining.

RE: R600
By Sharky974 on 9/1/2006 5:52:02 AM , Rating: 2
I know this because just last week it seems like I was telling a dailytech commentator that no, the X1950XTX is not really a new card, it's a minor revision of an old card. Because he was complaining about that.

Now here we see some guy complaining the reverse (wich isn't really true either, since R580 was a pretty massive change from R520).

RE: R600
By coldpower27 on 9/2/2006 10:41:15 PM , Rating: 2
Well, the R520 to R580 refresh, while better then a clockspeed bump is not a major refresh where the functionality of the units on the die are given a major overhaul.

All that happened on the R520 to R580 refresh is that the number of pixel shader units have been increased, which brought about a nice boost in performance, but no increase in fuctionality.

X1950 XTX is a clockspeed bump refresh of the X1900 XTX, with only memory clockspeed increase, the performance has increased a bit, but not awedropping alot. Like, the FX5900 Ultra to FX 5950 Ultra, or X800 XT PE to X850 XT PE, better then those but same idea.

Alof of people are waiting on the R600 and G80 generation as they should bring overhauls to the unit functionalities in additon to increased performance.

Though we will have to see how much performance increase they bring because functionality typically uses alot of die space, and while Nvidia has a decent bit to work with, ATI does not even with the shrink to the 80nm process.

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