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The latest AMD ATI roadmaps reveal details of more DirectX 10 graphics cards

DailyTech has just finished its briefing on the upcoming AMD ATI Radeon launches.  The company has three major launches over the next few months: codenamed R600, R610 and R630.

The R600, ATI's ultra-high-end Radeon X1950 successor, has a production date scheduled for February 2007.  The card will launch at or around the Cebit 2007 convention in mid-March.  Shipments will follow shortly after.

Our latest roadmaps indicate R600 will support unified shaders and GDDR4 or GDDR3 memory.  GDDR3 versions of the card running revision "A12" silicon appear to be making rounds in the blogsphere, and select press can even take a sneak peak  of the card under embargo here at CES.  The final silicon for R600 will be "A13."

A GDDR4 version of the card will be the flagship launch product. Clock frequencies on any R600 card have not been set officially yet, and will not appear on marketing material until just a few weeks before the launch.

The company has also added the R610 and R630 GPUs to the roadmap.  In the past, ATI has used lower number codenames to denote entry-level products.  We would suspect R610 would be the entry-level R600 cutdown, and R630 would be the mid-range chipset.  The Radeon roadmap puts both of these products on the shelf before June 2007.

All R600-series GPUs from ATI are compatible with DirectX 10.

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Please Spread this news
By iwod on 1/9/2007 6:54:30 AM , Rating: 2
Well, i am no Nvidia supporter.

But hopefully a March launch date will finally put those rumors of Jan Launch date from that FUD blog to rest.

To me it seems more and more like that blog was created by AMD / ATI marketing team to hold people up in buying Geforce 8800 Series.

Just why ATI never manage to have their product out on time?

RE: Please Spread this news
By otispunkmeyer on 1/9/2007 8:58:25 AM , Rating: 3
good things come to those who wait my friend

id rather have a product that works late, than a product of questionable quality on time

RE: Please Spread this news
By Fibbly on 1/9/2007 9:16:15 AM , Rating: 2
If there was high demand for 8800 series, you'd have a point, but there is no high demand. Around here, the shelves are full and they have a hard time selling them. And that has been the case ever since launch.

RE: Please Spread this news
By vortmax on 1/9/2007 9:30:53 AM , Rating: 2
Well, the fact that they released them as early as they did was ultimately good for the consumer by lowering prices of the pre-gen cards. As for the enthusiasts that purchase in the ULTRA-high end product range, it made them happy too. Plus, Nvidia has regained the DX9-based game lead.

I don't have a problem with their early launch from a consumer standpoint.

RE: Please Spread this news
By kilkennycat on 1/9/2007 2:38:07 PM , Rating: 2
Er, exactly which shelves ? "Around here".. where ? A boutique corner store in NYC? Please give specific details. The major US retailers such as Best Buy, CompUSA, for example currently advertise and sell 8800GTX and 8800GTS cards ONLY through their on-line sales-channel ! Check their websites for in-store purchase.. nada...

I personally would not dream of buying any such high-end product at a retail store, anyway. The selection and prices are much better on-line, from many reputable on-line vendors... Newegg, ZipZoomFly etc... I am absolutely sure that this opinion of mine is not only shared but implemented in practice by most of the high-end PC enthusiasts - the actual purchasers of 8800-family cards. Got the Newegg and ZZF sales figures handy ?

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