Friday, 10 December 2010 13:14

Cayman is a 2.64 billion transistor chip

Written by Fuad Abazovic


389 square millimeters
Cayman, Radeon HD 6970 and 6950 cards will have a 389 square millimetre core that packs 2.64 billion transistors.

Nvidia’s GF110 chip, the one behind the Geforce GTX 580 and 570 is a massive 520 square millimetre core and has some three billion transistors. AMD’s chip is some 30 percent smaller in size and it has some 15 percent fewer transistors than Nvidia’s which is impressive. In the end Nvidia looks like a slightly faster solution, but its core is bigger.

Nvidia’s chip is more complex and more expensive to produce. It ends up with better shader performance, but overall AMD did a good job of making something that is close to the GTX 580 in terms of performance and significantly faster than the now obsolete GTX 480, all with fewer transistors in a smaller package.

The chips are ready and the cards will be available on Tuesday the 15th of December in Europe and in the US in the night of 14th of December. We are not sure about the price as AMD will finalize its pricing literally at the last minute, but we guess it will be less than Nvidia wants for GTX 580 and the recently introduced GTX 570.

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+25 #1 makaveli 2010-12-10 13:27
Gosh stop Trollling dude xD

If you dont have the card in youre hand than its better to stop writing this kind of sh*t :)
 
 
+16 #2 Vesper 2010-12-10 13:27
Oh.....
Its your BRIBED bullshit again!
Its okay!
I get it!
 
 
+41 #3 das16 2010-12-10 13:35
''In the end Nvidia looks like a slightly faster solution''

How do you know?
 
 
+15 #4 makaveli 2010-12-10 13:39
Quoting das16:
''In the end Nvidia looks like a slightly faster solution''

How do you know?


I gues by looking at the size od the die xD
But thats just stupid tho haha
 
 
+20 #5 leftiszi 2010-12-10 13:40
What's a GT110 that powers the 580 and 570? :P

As a sidenote, performance close to 580, sounds quite good, especially if you consider that AMD already has the 5970 with performance better than 580 AND the 6990 coming in 30 days or so!
 
 
+49 #6 spede 2010-12-10 13:41
"AMD has clearly abandoned its performance per watt graphics dream" -Fuad
 
 
+6 #7 tflex 2010-12-10 13:42
"...15 percent fewer transistors than Nvidia’s..."
But at 15 percent higher clocks than reference card from Nvidia.
 
 
+32 #8 Warhead 2010-12-10 13:44
Fuad, your articles are starting to look pathetic...

If you are talking about ATI, why do you have to use two paragraphs to talk abotu Nvdia.

You are becoming the joke of fudzilla
 
 
+16 #9 muzu 2010-12-10 14:02
HD5870 has 2.15 billion means 0.49 billion lesser than HD6970 on same @ 40nm transition. If your 1536 SP's qoute is true, then where has AMD put 0.49 billion transisters on HD6970. I smell that HD6970 has higher SP's prolly a rumoured 1920 that justifies 0.49 billion gap..
 
 
+10 #10 nele 2010-12-10 14:08
Quoting muzu:
HD5870 has 2.15 billion means 0.49 billion lesser than HD6970 on same @ 40nm transition. If your 1536 SP's qoute is true, then where has AMD put 0.49 billion transisters on HD6970. I smell that HD6970 has higher SP's prolly a rumoured 1920 that justifies 0.49 billion gap..


I'm no expert but i think we're talking about a different architecture 4d/5d... More performance with fewer shaders, no surprise really...
 

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