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AMD packs next-generation AVIVO high-definition video decoding features into its value and mainstream lineup

AMD’s next-generation value and mainstream products are set to bring DirectX 10 and high-definition video playback to the masses. Although AMD is late to the DirectX 10 game, the upcoming RV610 and RV630 feature second-generation unified shaders with shader model 4.0 support. AMD has remained hush over the amount of unified shaders and shader clock speeds of its next-generation value and mainstream products though.

AMD is prepared to take on NVIDIA’s PureVideo HD with its next-generation AVIVO video processing. AVIVO is receiving its first upgrade since its introduction with the Radeon X1k-series with the RV610 and RV630. This time around, AMD is integrating its Universal Video Decoder, or UVD, for hardware decoding of H.264 and VC-1 high-definition video formats.

AMD’s UVD expands on the previous generation’s AVIVO implementation to include hardware bit stream processing and entropy decode functions. Hardware acceleration of frequency transform, pixel prediction and deblocking functions remain supported, as with the first generation AVIVO processing. AMD’s Advanced Video Processor, or AVP, has also made the cut for low power video processing.

Integrated HDMI with support for HDCP joins the next-generation AVIVO video processing for protected high-definition video playback. Unlike current HDMI implementations on PCIe graphics cards, RV610 and RV630 integrate audio functionality into the GPU. Instead of passing a PCM or Dolby Digital signal from onboard audio or a sound card, RV610 and RV630-based graphics cards can directly output audio – removing the need of a separate sound card.

RV610 and RV630 support PCIe 2.0 for increased bandwidth. Native support for CrossFire remains, as with current ATI Radeon X1650 XT and X1950 Pro products. AMD will also debut RV610 and RV630 on a 65nm manufacturing processor for low-power consumption. Expect RV610 products to consume around 25 to 35-watts. RV630 requires more power at around 75 to 128-watts.

AMD currently has four RV610 reference designs based on two RV610 variants – Antelope FH, Antelope LP, Falcon FH and Falcon LP reference boards and RV610LE and RV610PRO GPUs. Antelope FH and Antelope LP are similar; however, Antelope LP is the low-profile variant. Both reference boards feature 128MB or 256MB of DDR2 video memory clocked at 400 MHz. Antelope boards employ the RV610LE, feature passive cooling and consume less than 25-watts of power.

AMD’s Falcon LP reference board is another low-profile model with 256MB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 700 MHz. Falcon LP takes advantage of a DMS-59 connector for dual video outputs while maintaining a low profile form factor. The Falcon LP reference board employs active cooling to cool the RV610LE or RV610PRO GPU.

AMD Antelope FH, Antelope LP and Falcon LP only support software CrossFire – all lack support for the CrossFire bridge connectorHKEPC confirmed this CrossFire setup in a recent report last week.

The Falcon FH reference board is the performance variant and designed for the RV610PRO ASIC with 256MB of GDDR3 video memory. AMD estimates board power consumption at approximately 35-watts, though it is unknown if Falcon FH boards will feature active or passive cooling. Falcon FH is the only RV610 reference board to support AMD’s CrossFire bridge connector for hardware CrossFire support. Falcon FH also features VIVO capabilities.

RV630 has three reference board configurations – Kohinoor, Orloff and Sefadu. Kohinoor is the high-performance RV630 variant and features 256MB or 512MB of GDDR4 memory. It also features VIVO and dual dual-link DVI outputs. However, it consumes the most power out of the three RV630 reference boards, requiring 121-watts for 256MB models and 128-watts for 512MB models.

Orloff falls in the middle with 256MB of GDDR3 video memory. Orloff lacks the video input features of Kohinoor but supports HDMI output. AMD estimates Orloff to consume less than 93-watts of power. Kohinoor and Orloff support PCIe 2.0 and native CrossFire. Kohinoor and Orloff require additional power via PCIe power connector though.

Sefadu falls at the bottom of the RV630 lineup and features 256MB or 512MB of DDR2 video memory. HDMI remains supported, as with Orloff though. Power consumption is estimated at less than 75-watts, and does not require the additional power supplied by a PCIe power connector. All RV630 boards feature 128-bit memory interfaces and occupy a  single-slot.


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RE: Darn
By sbanjac on 3/13/2007 5:18:32 AM , Rating: -1
Graphic cards industry is evil & greedy (industry in general). They will never let us have a decent gc inexpensively. If you want to have a nice card, you have to shell out 250 € or more. The price goes down a little as the time passes, but they are always expensive.
They would rather destroy the high end cards than sell them at a mid-range level. The only example of lowering the price of a high end cad is radeon 8500, and that is my best investment ever. Some 4 years ago when the radeon series 9xxx came, they reneamed 8500 to 9100 to get rid of the stock. I bought it for 60 €. Radeon 9100 pro with 128 MB. Some two years latter i bought 9600 pro with 256 MB for 140 €. The radeon 8500 LE could make more 3dmarks than 9600 pro... And it overclocked much better. The core went from 275 to allmost 350, memory from 275v DDR to 380 DDR.
8500 had 2:4:8:4 while 9600 pro 2:4:4:4
(Vertex Shader Units : Pixel Shader Units : Texture mapping units : Render Output Pipelines)

8500 stock filtrate: 2200 Bandwidth 8.80
9600 stock filtrate: 1600 Bandwidth 6.40

This is the way it would be fair for us customers. Lower the price of 7900 to 100 € and everyone will buy.


RE: Darn
By FITCamaro on 3/13/2007 6:20:19 AM , Rating: 2
You can get a 7600GT these days for $100. A 7900GT or X1950Pro for $200.


RE: Darn
By crimson117 on 3/13/2007 9:39:39 AM , Rating: 2
Actually you can get an x1950pro 256MB for as low as $150 today after rebates. Best bang for the buck on the market right now, imho.


RE: Darn
By TechLuster on 3/13/2007 2:54:28 PM , Rating: 2
I agree--that's a great deal. But I think you can do even better. I just picked up an EVGA 7900GS KO (500/1380) for $140 with rebates. Sure, at stock speed the x1950 pro is faster, but with the factory OC (and with Anandtech's review model reaching an ADDITIONAL 20% overclock), I think this may barely edge out the ATI card.

But in any case, the real question is how these two cards are going to compare to G84 and RV630. At $150, the later cards are only expected to be sporting 1.4GHz GDDR3 (same as the x1950pro and 7900GS) but with only a 128 bit connection. This fact is the reason I felt comfortable upgrading now, as opposed to waiting. (I'll be sticking XP for awhile, so DX10 doesn't matter to me.)


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