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Nvidia's dual chip card waits for Antilles

by on19 November 2010

Most likely 2011
Nvidia has a dual GF110 card that is supposed to launch very soon. However, since AMD has postponed its dual-chip card for Q1 2011 it looks like Nvidia will do the same.

Sources close to company are saying that Nvidia partners are more or less ready and that the company can pull a quick launch even in 2010, but it looks like it will only happen after AMD's Antilles Radeon HD 6990 dual chip card comes out. Nvidia badly wants the two-chip card performance crown and has to see and study Antilles before its launch. The rumoured name for dual GF110 card is Geforce GTX 590.

We still have to see Cayman Radeon HD 6970 and HD 6950 cards in late 2010, and whether they can beat Geforce GTX 580 and soon to launch Geforce GTX 570. The challenge for AMD is that making a big chip and clocking it high is not that easy.

Last time ATI did this was with R600, more than three years ago and things didn't go as smooth as planned. The chip was quite hot and didn’t perform that well. After that the head of graphics Rick Bergman said that ATI is changing the course to make RV770 and a year later RV870, two chips that were chasing AMD's performance-per-watt dream.

Now this dream is apparently over as Cayman, a massive chip is powering Antilles, Radeon HD 6990. Let’s hope it all goes well for AMD.
Last modified on 19 November 2010
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