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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 UNCjigga on 1/9/2007 11:32:54 AM , Rating: 3
Dude, you're missing the point. The R600 family *is* in fact very late from a Vista launch window perspective. There are a lot of people holding off on upgrades or buying new PCs because they are waiting for Vista. Typically you see a flurry of activity in PC sales when a new OS debuts. With Vista's emphasis on graphics, we'll also be seeing a lot of video cards sold for folks sticking to existing PCs.

The problem with R600 being late is that while the power users and gamers will have an R600 option in March, the mass market will not have a mid-range/low-end DX10 Radeon part until June. This leaves plenty of room for Nvidia to come in and own this market. Also, Nvidia will likely be first to ship a DX10 notebook part too.

This sort of timing is HUGE for the OEM market--Dell, HP, Lenovo etc. want to be ready with new products when Vista hits, and Nvidia's going to be winning a lot of business if they're the only DX10 game in town--they won't care whether it has unified shaders or not.

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