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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 SunAngel on 1/11/2007 11:55:56 AM , Rating: 0
I agree on many of your points. MSFT definitely has the MCE Extender thingy down to a science. Since I don't game alot, my purchase decision was down to mce extender vs. blu-ray. Actually, I didn't find out about being able to install Linux until after I bought it and was doing some websurfing. In the end, I bought the PS3 because of its digital hdmi connection. Personally, I can tell the difference between component video and hdmi video. Sony has never allowed other companies to use its technology. I knew this going into the purchase. But I wholly expect an extender type function to exist between Sony's VAIO computers. The PSP and the PS3 already connect to one another; its only logical they would do the same for its personal computers. So, in the end, it appeared to me I would be getting more for my money than buying the XBox 360. I am sure had the 360 included a hdmi out before i bought my ps3 i would have bought it instead. being able to treat the ps3 as a desktop computer was an unexpected bonus for me. true, linux isn't nearly as friendly as a pc, but having all these different functions in one small box all me to keep my pc turned off more often than before i got the ps3


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