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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 kilkennycat on 1/9/2007 2:17:18 PM , Rating: 2
Umm, the G80 is currently the most powerful GPU for the DX9.0c market. Hence, the logical reason for the 8800 video-card release in November 2006. The release timing has nothing really to do with Dx10. nVidia and its third-party board suppliers were ready to go. The 8800 cards are at least 5 months earlier than anything of equivalent power from AMD (ATi), and also are future-proofed with its Dx10 capability. Which PC high-end gaming-enthusiast in his/her right mind desiring to update their rig right now would NOT buy a 8800-series card? Full Dx9.0c compatibility, with the option to switch to Dx10 whenever the PC owner is ready to make the switch. nVidia has just released the first Vista-capable WHQL driver for the 8800, but have warned that the driver is still evolving and its Dx10 SLI implementation is incomplete. Not that SLI is necessary for any early usage of the 8800 under Vista. The initial adoption rate for Vista (Dx10.x) amongst current PC owners is going to be very small. The adoption for Vista will be driven almost entirely by new PCs with Vista pre-installed. Vista/Dx10 will drive the implementation technology on the next-gen GPUs, but WinXP/Dx9.0c will still drive the volume for at least the next 2 years. One boon for nVidia with the early introduction of the 8800 and its brand-new architecture --- nVidia will have had 5 months of production 8800 silicon to mature the driver designs for both Dx9.0c AND Dx10 ( and find any silicon implementation errors in the current run of 8800 GPUs - for rectification with their upcoming silicon re-spin on 80nm or 65nm ).

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