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Friday, 20 August 2010 10:22

New dual chip card comes from ATI

Written by Fuad Abazovic
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Next generation 40nm
in 2010
We've just learned that ATI's next generation, let's call it Radeon 6000 series, is going to get a new high-end card. We are talking about a dual-chip card based on new 40nm chips that are expected to get slightly faster than the current generation. The best part is that it comes in 2010.

We see the new performance chips as a tweaked version of the highly succesful Cypress core, but this time they will introduce support for the new HDMI interface as well as new UVD – Eyefinity. Eyefinity will become more functional and cheaper to implement on multiple monitor setups.

Of course the core itself will be slightly improved, but we don’t expect a spectacular performance increase. It will be faster than the current generation, that much is clear, but we still don't know much about Nvidia's answer to this card.
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+10 #1 SolidSteel144 2010-08-20 11:33
I hope it doesn't have crappy VRM cooling like the 5970.

Of course the core itself will be slightly improved, but we don’t expect a spectacular performance incresase.

Slightly improved? What makes you say that? We still don't have a good idea how much the new core will improve in terms of speed and power consumption.
 
 
+47 #2 Bl0bb3r 2010-08-20 11:47
Quoting SolidSteel144:
Slightly improved? What makes you say that? We still don't have a good idea how much the new core will improve in terms of speed and power consumption.


He's all for the green team... so when he writes about AMD, take it with a pinch of salt.

Southern Islands won't be enormously faster, but they will be faster nevertheless.

And nvidia's response? That was laughable, they don't have one since they haven't even managed to complete their lineup of GPU's.
 
 
+1 #3 AndreiD 2010-08-20 11:59
I'd like a 6970 card with two 6870 cores instead of two 6850s, please.
Improved power management should help, so fingers crossed.
Maybe we'll see some improved crossfire scaling also.
 
 
+21 #4 nele 2010-08-20 12:17
Quoting SolidSteel144:
Slightly improved? What makes you say that? We still don't have a good idea how much the new core will improve in terms of speed and power consumption.


Well it's obvious neither AMD's or NV's next generation cards will be as fast as we hoped a year ago, mainly because manufacturing is still stuck at 40nm.

Of course, this works in AMD's favor as it squeezes out more performance per watt.

Having said that, personally I don't expect too much from the HD 6000 series or new Nvidias. Just more of the same, DX11 and 40nm. I currently run a 5000 series card and I see no point upgrading until we see some 28nm cards...
 
 
+56 #5 spede 2010-08-20 12:26
Nvidia doesn't even have answer to HD5970 so why would it have answer to the next generation of that card.
 
 
+44 #6 Regenweald 2010-08-20 12:33
It's pretty sad that with every ATI article, Fuad has to some how squeeze in mention of Nvidia, even though there is No_news out of the green camp that actually pertains to the article.
 
 
+24 #7 Super XP 2010-08-20 14:04
Southern Islands combining elements of Evergreen and Northern Islands is said to have a substantial boost in performance over current generation graphics, something in which you would expect from a true next generation graphics design.
 
 
+25 #8 Alexko 2010-08-20 14:27
Quoting spede:
Nvidia doesn't even have answer to HD5970 so why would it have answer to the next generation of that card.


It's worse than that, so far they have no answer to Juniper, Redwood, and Cedar (HD 5450 to 5770). They're supposed to launch GF106 and GF108 soon, and those should sort of compete with Juniper and Redwood, but we have yet to hear anything about any competition for Cedar or Hemlock (HD 5450 and 5970).
 
 
+11 #9 FakeJ 2010-08-20 14:33
Fuad is just stating the obvious, all things being equal (40nm and DX11) it is very unlikely that we will see much in the way of new stuff from the 6000 generation. Evolutionary, not revolutionary.
 
 
+13 #10 nele 2010-08-20 14:53
Quoting Alexko:
Quoting spede:
Nvidia doesn't even have answer to HD5970 so why would it have answer to the next generation of that card.


It's worse than that, so far they have no answer to Juniper, Redwood, and Cedar (HD 5450 to 5770). They're supposed to launch GF106 and GF108 soon, and those should sort of compete with Juniper and Redwood, but we have yet to hear anything about any competition for Cedar or Hemlock (HD 5450 and 5970).


Yup, and that's where the money is. Even if the FG106 and 108 manage to beat AMD's lineup, new Radeons are just a few months away.

Judging by the GTX 460, the 106 and 108 will probably manage to match AMD's products, but that's hardly enough given AMD's 6-month lead in that particular market...
 

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