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AMD's ATI Radeon HD 2600 features 120 stream processors

AMD’s next-generation graphics products are right around the corner. The next generation ATI Radeon HD 2000-series includes a top to bottom DirectX 10 lineup consisting of the HD2900, HD2600 and HD2400-series. Although DailyTech unveiled benchmarks of AMD’s upcoming ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT last week, details of the mainstream and value HD 2600 and HD2400-series have remained scarce.

AMD’s next-generation ATI Radeon HD 2600, based on the RV630 core, features 120 stream processing units with three SIMDs and two texture units. There will be two ATI Radeon HD 2600 GPUs: a Pro and XT model with different clock speeds and memory requirements.

AMD and add-in board partners will offer a variety of ATI Radeon HD 2600-based graphics cards. The different models include variations with GDDR4, GDDR3 and DDR2 memory in 512MB or 256MB configurations with or without video input and output capabilities.

Catering towards value users is the ATI Radeon HD 2400 with its 40 stream processors. Two SIMDs and one texture unit join the 40 stream processors. AMD plans to offer the ATI Radeon HD 2400 in Pro and LE models with varying configurations. ATI Radeon HD 2400-based graphics cards will have 256MB or 128MB of video memory. Add-in board manufacturers are free to set the output configuration, including VGA, dual-link DVI, video input/output, HDMI and DMS-59 outputs on ATI Radeon HD 2400-based graphics cards.

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Price will make the difference
By cheetah2k on 5/7/2007 1:54:01 AM , Rating: 5
With Nvidia ruling the roost in terms of speed with their high end video cards, AMD/Ati will have to make sure these babies are cost efficient against the competition - 8400 to 8600. From speculators out there, Nvidia's low end options arent much better than their DX9 equivalents (bar the H.264 coding & DX10 advantages) and this is where AMD need to perform.

Value for $ AMD, value for $.....

RE: Price will make the difference
By Metroid on 5/7/2007 2:17:31 AM , Rating: 2
Yes it depends of facts put on board. I do not want to buy something that is just good on synthetic benchmarks. I like Nvidia G8 but for now I prefer ATI 2X HD models, but all will depend of Price/Performance for me.

If ATI is launching something inferior than its competitor, I just want the price will be also inferior. They were talking about the 2900XT that may cost around at $350 to $450. I just think $400 is just higher than I was expecting around $300.

By James Holden on 5/7/2007 2:20:41 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure if inferior is the right word there

RE: Price will make the difference
By thartist on 5/7/2007 3:28:18 PM , Rating: 2
Knowing that nvidias 8600 and 8500 are a total deception and LET MANY GAMERS DOWN, AMD/ATI MUST take the chance and win that segment of the v-card market. I mean it's not very often that nVIDIA screws it up and exposes his neck.

If AMD/ATI doesn't make it here, i won't have my mainstream DX10 card. I may have to wait for the next gen, and most possibly it's not only me.

RE: Price will make the difference
By 3kliksphilip on 5/7/2007 3:48:23 PM , Rating: 1
...What's wrong with the 8600? From what I've heard it's roughly the same as the best from the previous generation, only with added dx10 support. Doesn't seem too bad, especially with lower power requirements etc.

RE: Price will make the difference
By Angelus897 on 5/7/2007 4:24:45 PM , Rating: 3
Uhh.. the 7900/7950 cards outperform the 8600 by a large margin. The x1950 products even more so. Also, the 8600 is more expensive than those.

RE: Price will make the difference
By Ard on 5/7/2007 4:35:17 PM , Rating: 2
A misperception that people feel is necessary to spread everywhere they go:

Keep reading.

RE: Price will make the difference
By shabby on 5/7/2007 6:03:53 PM , Rating: 2
Ah yes Kyle Bennet and his canned benchmarks...

RE: Price will make the difference
By jarman on 5/7/2007 10:47:41 PM , Rating: 2
Ah yes Kyle Bennet and his canned benchmarks...

You must be one of those kids who were really upset when you didn't see your pretty little video card perform as well as you knew it would...

RE: Price will make the difference
By shabby on 5/8/2007 6:59:30 AM , Rating: 2
Nope, my x1900xtx performed pretty well.

RE: Price will make the difference
By Ard on 5/7/07, Rating: 0
RE: Price will make the difference
By phusg on 5/8/2007 4:33:00 AM , Rating: 2
If you actually read some of the article you would see that he isn't basing his opinion solely on benchmarks,
Many people look at the specifications alone and make a pre-conceived notion about performance before even reading what the gameplay experience actually is. We have it in our heads that a 128-bit memory bus is slow and 32 streaming processors doesn’t sound like a lot when we are used to seeing 96 mentioned for the 8800 GTS and 128 for the 8800 GTX.

I'm still not convinced though, as I too was under the impression that the X1950 was still pretty competitive. Anyone have another comparison review that supports Kyle's conclusions?

By Mojo the Monkey on 5/10/2007 1:32:21 PM , Rating: 2
I dont think you get it. Look at the retail price of the 8600GTS, and the current retail price of the X1950XT (not pro). I saw some for ~170 at newegg and they are a leap ahead of the pro. Why dont take a look at how those 2 stack up.

Comparisons should be about cards of the same price.

By shady28 on 5/8/2007 9:55:55 PM , Rating: 2
The post here that notes the low performance of the 8500/8600 is dead on.

The high end of Nvidia's new series, the 8600GTS, is slower in the majority of benchmarks than the older x19xx series ATI cards as well as Nvidia's own 79xx series.

See here :

Note the 8600GTS, top of the line for Nvidia's new midrange models is soundly beaten in FEAR by the X1950Gt, 7900GS, X1950 Pro, 7950GT, X19000XT. The reason I use FEAR as an example is that it is one of the games it does best in.

There are some places where the 8600GTS does well, but keep in mind the price of the 8600GTS (note the S) - the cheapest one at newegg at this moment is $175 for a 256MB variant.

For that, you can buy a 7950GT 512MB that will - in most cases - smash the 8600GTS in current games.

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