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Wednesday, 27 October 2010 17:29

Cayman is sampled

Written by Fuad Abazovic
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Hot and fast

AMD has already sent Cayman XT sample cards to its partners. The most likely to be called Radeon HD 6970 cards are reported to be dual-slot and quite hot, which comes at no surprise.

Cayman is not simply an improved Radeon HD 5000 architecture. It looks like AMD has invested some time and effort to tweak up the architecture and gain some more performance. They got us all here, as they were always saying that 6800 is an upgrade to 5800 architecutre, not telling us that there is 5900 series with much more power, just around the corner.

This chip looks like AMD’s Fermi but at the same time, we hope that it won’t go trough the same destiny and that it can stay on time for November 20ish launch.

The card is naturally faster than Radeon HD 5870, still the fastest single core part that AMD sells, and it should end up to a similar performance like current single GPU king GT100 based Geforce GTX 480. We expect that Cayman can end up slightly faster at least.

But can it beat soon to come Geforce GTX 580? That will be the real question as it looks like GTX 580 comes this year.
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+73 #1 nikijs89 2010-10-27 17:51
68xx series is replacement for 57xx series. And not for 58xx.
 
 
+137 #2 thetruth 2010-10-27 18:01
What the [censored] is this article talking about? I would quote the bit that doesn't make sense, but NONE of it makes sense. Since when was 6800 an upgraded 5800? Has the writer of this article ignored any previous news on the 6000 series? How is it like AMD's Fermi? What proof is there that the Geforce 580 is coming out later this year? I've heard nothing about this card, apart from one other article on this site which was simply a writers' theory.
 
 
+49 #3 Blazzin 2010-10-27 18:02
I am going to place my money on AMD won`t under estimate Nvidia either. However you look at it its the consumer that will benifit but way to go AMD.
 
 
+34 #4 The_Countess 2010-10-27 18:14
Quote:
But can it beat soon to come Geforce GTX 580? That will be the real question as it looks like GTX 580 comes this year.


it wont, but its not designed to do so.
as long as its close to as fast for a whole lot less, its another win for AMD.
 
 
-25 #5 kniaugaudiskis 2010-10-27 18:29
GTX480 is 15% faster than HD5870 on average, so HD6970 should be. As for GTX580, it should end up ~15% faster than GTX480, depending mostly on how high the core will be clocked at.
 
 
+9 #6 Alexko 2010-10-27 18:40
Quoting The_Countess:
Quote:
But can it beat soon to come Geforce GTX 580? That will be the real question as it looks like GTX 580 comes this year.


It won't.


I wouldn't be so sure about that…
 
 
+25 #7 Nerdfighter 2010-10-27 18:44
AMD's Fermi? I doubt AMD is dumb enough to make the same mistake their competitor did. I also doubt it's going to be delayed, since it's based on a mature manufacturing process, instead of the 5xxx-series or GF100 when they launched.

As far as the GTX 580 goes, it would be great for the price war, but probably just Nvidia PR. AMD has been planning the release of the 6xxx-series for a while, but Nvidia has been busy releasing it's GTX 4xx- series the whole time. But we'll see. Maybe Nvidia manages to surprise us all.
 
 
+46 #8 tekken 2010-10-27 19:49
Why the Radeon logo in an article about NVIDIA?
 
 
+63 #9 spede 2010-10-27 19:53
Fuad clearly has issues about ATI/AMD. Why stress all the negative aspects firstly like "hotness" and stuff especially when there is no TDP announced? I'm sure the perf/Watt is much better than Fermi. And mentioning paper-launch GTX580 is ridiculous.
 
 
+17 #10 nickack 2010-10-27 20:13
Quoting nikijs89:
68xx series is replacement for 57xx series. And not for 58xx.
True but the 6870 was just supposed to beat the 460 1gb in bench marks not compete with the gtx 470 and outperform the 5870 in crossfire performance. for the price of what.. 240 usd each i don't consider the 6870 mid range i know the 6970 will beat it though check out this link for crossfire performance http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-crossfirex-review/
 

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