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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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By DigitalFreak on 1/9/2007 8:45:00 AM , Rating: 1
LOL. So the fact that a single 8800GTX runs DirectX 9 games faster than the previous gen Crossfire or SLI means nothing, huh? Goomba...


By RussianSensation on 1/9/2007 9:24:55 AM , Rating: 2
Sure, it shows us how wonderful of a card G80 is. Having said that I could care less that my games run at 120+ frames per second (which before required a dual-card setup). I'd rather choose a game that runs at 50-60fps but looks a lot prettier than run Doom 3 at 120fps.

Of course you cannot satisfy the majority and G80 does not aim to do so. It is beneficial to those gunning for 1920x1200 or 2048x1536 resolutions and so forth. However, once again, I'd rather play a game that maxes out my card at 1600x1200 or even 1280x1024 but has better graphics than Far Cry at 100000x10000 resolution.

When Doom 3 came out suddently it looked better at 1024x768 than almost any game at the time looked at 1600x1200. With G80 you have the power and the features to make games that look amazing, but it'll take a year or so before its potential is tapped. That's the way the graphics industry always worked and is why it only makes sense to buy top of the line right away if you have $ to burn.

This is why I could never understand why graphics card companies never aim to launch high-, mid- and low-end segments simultaneously. It makes sense to buy hardware for today , not tomorrow, when G80 will be slow anyway. In which case 8600GT would have been fast enough, but you can't buy it.


By VooDooAddict on 1/9/2007 12:28:13 PM , Rating: 2
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This is why I could never understand why graphics card companies never aim to launch high-, mid- and low-end segments simultaneously.


Launching when the product is ready, can make money, and generate good press sounds like a good idea to me.

They gain back some $$ from early adopters for R&D. While, the mid and low end next gen parts are getting finalized. Makes sense to me.


RE: Does this not seem like a late launch date?
By Ringold on 1/9/2007 5:00:41 PM , Rating: 3
You're exaggerating a bit about what the G80 is capable of versus previous generations. Insane numbers like "Doom 3 at 120fps" or "Far Cry at 100000x100000" doesn't advance the debate any when the fact is those are both old games, and newer ones, such at Oblivion, still barely get performance commonly accepted as a solid frame rate at the increasingly gold-standard resolutions of 1600x1200 and 1920x1200.

So, in more than a couple modern games already on the shelves, the G8800 GTS meets your own personal requirements and only provides needlessly high frame rates in games that are years old.


By Whedonic on 1/14/2007 2:23:08 AM , Rating: 2
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and newer ones, such at Oblivion, still barely get performance commonly accepted as a solid frame rate at the increasingly gold-standard resolutions of 1600x1200 and 1920x1200.


Very true...with all of the settings cranked up, Oblivion is finally playable at 1900x1200 with an 8800gtx. So although its DX10 capabilities are as yet wasted, the sheer graphically power can be put to very good use in current gen games.


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