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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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Top end not in my budget.
By Mitch101 on 5/7/2007 9:07:29 AM , Rating: 5
I dont know about the rest of you but I generally buy in the sub $200.00 range. 100FPS means nothing to me because my LCD monitor is 60fps anyhow and if it does the games I want to play at 60FPS at the resolution I prefer to play in then getting a more expensive card wont do me any good than to waste more money.

I would like a card that does h.264 natively but I would love to see video encoding drivers that could possibly utilize the GPU more than the CPU when re-encoding video.

I love the idea of physics built in because to me its all going to come down to eye candy. I know all GPU's can do physics however there are many ways to improve on this.

Im not upgrading my monitor any time soon so eye candy at my monitors native resolution means more than some ungodly resolution or freakish 300FPS. Video cards come and go but monitors generally last me 4 or more years.

I like the idea of the audio being decoded on the card as well because of the possibility of watching some HD content on my pc. Generally I use my HDTV for that but I have a projector hooked to my PC so I dont live in fear of having a blank screen when H.264 content is played back through the PC because of DRM infections.

With that being said I could care less about the top end because no game company in thier right mind releases a game that will only play on the top end hardware. So it not like a paticular game will come out that I wont be able to play.

Heck my X850XT is still banging out decent frame rates but Its time for me to be DX10 even though most games for the next year will still be DX9 maybe even longer since the adoption rate of Vista is slow and DX10 is a Vista Exclusive.

Microsoft - Halo 2 is not a reason to upgrade to DX10. It was a lousy game. Even the developer admitted they didnt like it. Gears of War might be worthy of the DX10 move.




RE: Top end not in my budget.
By FITCamaro on 5/7/2007 9:26:18 AM , Rating: 1
1) Vista adoption rate has been relatively high.

2) Halo 2 isn't DX10 anyway. And Gears of War isn't even announced for PC yet.


RE: Top end not in my budget.
By Mitch101 on 5/7/2007 10:13:44 AM , Rating: 2
1) Vista's adoption rate has actually been very slow and problematic. Most places (Dell, HP, IBM) have forced the hands at Microsoft and have been re-selling XP because of the lack of driver support. It wont be until service pack 1 in august/sept that Vista starts moving forward.

2) Microsoft has said Halo 2 will be a DX10 title but it was such a lousy game for the X-Box its not like DX10 owners are getting a treat with it.

Gears of war would be a much more worthy title but we all know this isnt going to happen.


RE: Top end not in my budget.
By Angelus897 on 5/7/2007 4:28:57 PM , Rating: 2
It's a DX9 title, just Vista mandatory.


RE: Top end not in my budget.
By kalak on 5/7/2007 10:59:17 AM , Rating: 4
quote:
Im not upgrading my monitor any time soon so eye candy at my monitors native resolution means more than some ungodly resolution or freakish 300FPS. Video cards come and go but monitors generally last me 4 or more years.


I agree. If a Video Card can give me 60 FPS at 1280x1024 with all the eye candies on (4X AA, Shadows, etc...), it worth my money !

quote:
no game company in thier right mind releases a game that will only play on the top end hardware


that's not true...
what about FEAR, FARCRY, QUAKE 4, ELDER SCROLLS IV ?

these games was (and some still are!) bare playable with cards in the sub $200.00 range.
I hear someone say that "- I play FEAR at 15 FPS and it's NOT a problem to me!" but is really WEIRD ! The fact is that a FPS like FEAR or QUAKE running at 15 FPS is a pain in the ass! ;-)


RE: Top end not in my budget.
By Angelus897 on 5/7/2007 4:34:56 PM , Rating: 2
My Athlon XP 2600+ & 7600GS runs Far Cry maxed out at 1680x1050, Quake 4 almost maxed out (not a 512mb card, so no ultra setting) at 1280x1024. Fear runs at 1024x768 with med-high settings.


RE: Top end not in my budget.
By Spyvie on 5/10/2007 11:04:26 AM , Rating: 2
No Way.


By StevoLincolnite on 5/13/2007 10:35:07 PM , Rating: 2
Yes way, I have oblivion on my Radeon 9700pro @ 1280x800 @ medium quality settings and I score about 35-40 fps outdoors.


RE: Top end not in my budget.
By darkpaw on 5/8/2007 8:48:40 AM , Rating: 2
Oblivion ran fine with 30+fps on my older system as well as my high end system. Sure I couldn't turn on HDR or max out the effects but it was playable and still looked better then a lot of other games.


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