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ATI RV570 Details

ATI Desktop Discrete PCIe transitions
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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DX10 cards?
By vailr on 8/28/2006 5:18:02 PM , Rating: 2
Unless I'm mistaken, ATI's position (as well as NVIDIA's) on DX10 cards seems to be: "We can't announce or release any DX10 cards until Microsoft finalizes Vista-RTM" (release to manufacturing); which won't happen until October, or even later. And, there'll be no DX10 update for WinXP.

RE: DX10 cards?
By RussianSensation on 8/28/2006 7:20:41 PM , Rating: 2
AGP users have been told for over 6 months and more on the forums to sell their hardware before it would significantly drop in price (not to mention adoption of DDR2 across all platforms would mean a demise for DDRI shortly). There also have been talks of Intel coming out with something really powerful to regain the lead for a long time.

I had an AGP system and I knew I had to act. In June, I sold my P4 2.6ghz, 512mb ram, Abit IS7 and Radeon 8500mb for $250 US, right before Intel announced massive price drops on their cpus, and AMD also followed with A64. Most average Joes have no idea about the computer market so selling P4 3.0ghz should have been a breeze given the ghz myth that still largely persists.

Now I can easily get A64 x2 4200+ and a PCIe motherboard for $250. Sometimes it's just smarter to take cut your losses and spend a little $ to upgrade as was the case with AGP to PCIe. It's just unfortunate that the adoption to PCIe was almost "forced" rather that due to tangible performance differences.

RE: DX10 cards?
By poohbear on 8/29/2006 12:03:20 PM , Rating: 2
or just buy the asrock dualsata2 mobo w/ agp & pci-e, best of both worlds. i still have my agp 6800gt and plan to upgrade in winter to a pci-e 7950gt.:) got my opty 144 overclocked to a sweet 2600mhz.:)

RE: DX10 cards?
By rcc on 8/30/2006 5:16:08 PM , Rating: 2
Did they actually get a full performance version of this feature working? The first boards released in a dual (AGP/PCI-E) configuration were nothing more that a 2x PCI slot reconfigured to look like AGP to the video board.

RE: DX10 cards?
By SyK on 8/31/2006 3:48:49 PM , Rating: 2

There remains no way to get full-quality multi-platform performance at such low, low budgets.

But if you're desperate to save $50 whilst spending $1000+ on a new system there's nothing better than "ASRock"...

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