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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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Not Just High end!
By fierydemise on 1/9/2007 9:27:26 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe the reason R6xx is taking longer is because ATI is actually releasing a full line of cards. G80 may be a screamer but outside of the ultra high end there isn't much there. Not to diminish the G80 but it strikes me as something of a sham to take back the high end and declare that nVidia has the performance crown without giving anything to people who don't want to spend $450+ on a video card.

RE: Not Just High end!
By cochy on 1/9/2007 1:40:12 PM , Rating: 2
The Radeon roadmap puts both of these products on the shelf before June 2007.

Not according to this article. R600 some time around March, mid and low end some time around June.

RE: Not Just High end!
By ElJefe69 on 1/9/2007 7:48:45 PM , Rating: 2
Is it me or do the mid and low level versions of new pricey cards suck ass?

they get like 1/2 or less the frames. which equals a last generation card, which... is often the same price. The x1600 should be like 20% slower vs 1900 not like half. So basically, buy the $$$ one and be on top, or settle and still spend like 200 bux.

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