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Could it be? Only 11 days until the world knows what's under the hood of AMD's new 6k range of graphics cards.
NDA paperwork is starting to come through and it looks like the 22nd is cemented into history as the launch of the AMD 6000 range of graphic cards. While we don't have exact model numbers, our understanding is that the PRO and XT flavours will be coming in, which should carry the 6850 and 6870 names.
While these names seem like a "replacement" of the current HD 5850 and 5870 parts, initial speculation with the name changes suggest these products could fall into the $200 - $250 segment.
Tasty times ahead indeed!
Are you ready?
The first picture of AMD's reference built Radeon HD 6870 has been leaked ahead of it's launch later this month, it reveals some outputs on the card.
It is the first GPU to no longer hold the ATI name, bearing an AMD Radeon branding in it's place.
The rear of the card includes (the usual 2 slot cooler), 2 X DVI-I connectors, a HDMI port and two mini DisplayPort connectors. Obviously it supports AMD's EyeFinity technology - but over how many screens now that it has 5 outputs is anyone's guess.
It's not like NVIDIA is going through enough crap right now - to add to this are the rumours of NVIDIA entering into a deal with Global Foundaries to produce the upcoming Tegra SoC's - this deal would be nasty to now long time partner of NVIDIA, TMSC, as it would see NVIDIA getting all snuggly with GlobalFoundries - who is owned by competitor AMD.
href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101006PD207.html">Digitimes reported that NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang emphasised NVIDIA's strong ongoing partnership with TMSC, denying any suggestions or rumours that it may be planning to change partners. He also took the opportunity to discuss NVIDIA's position in the market and how he saw them competing in the near future.
Huang blamed the companies failure in launching an entire range of Fermi-based products for allowing AMD to gain significant market share of AMD's Radeon HD 5000-series. Huang remains optimistic though, as to the company's fortunes in the 4th quarter. He mentioned both growth in China and the recovering markets in Europe and North America.
Well, this is an interesting turn.
Kyle from HardOCP went into Best Buy in the US and bought two NVIDIA branded GPU's - not an Asus, Gigabyte, Galaxy or any other add-in-board partner, but a direct from NVIDIA card.
He called the tech support number on the side of the box and the guy on the other end said NVIDIA did not sell video cards - but obviously they do.
More news will follow as the story breaks. I'll edit this post instead of creating another - stay tuned!
When it comes to video cards for your computer there are a lot of different brands and models to choose from. Most of them will have the same tech inside and offer the same features. Galaxy has a new NVIDIA GTX 460 video card that is different from the other GTX 460 cards already on the market with a new and very cool feature that will make it easy for you to send content from your PC to the TV.
The video card is called the GTX 460 WHDI edition and it looks a bit like a WiFi expansion card has been grafted to the back of a normal video card. The WHDI edition has five antennas on the rear that stream any content including games and video from your PC directly to your living room TV. A receiver box connects directly to your TV.
Disclaimer: right now, everything is "rumor" - until proven a fact, please keep this in mind.
For what has seemed like a very long time - AMD has teased us with no refresh of their Evergreen (5xxx series), then the name change from ATI to AMD and now finally, some concrete release dates for you to check on your calender.
October 18, 2010.
This is the day AMD will unveil the new, now AMD branded, Radeon 6850 and 6870 cards. The 5k series was a great card for performance per watt, which has been AMD's strategy with the last generation of GPU. This generation kicks it up a few notches...
The 6870 will compete with the current 5850.
Intel's Larrabee just won't die, will it?
Intel are adamant of entering into this market, and with the money they have - there's obviously no stopping them.
Intel are planning for a release in 2012, codename is "Knight's Corner", it's a 22nm HPC part and will hopefully compete with NVIDIA's Kepler and Maxwell GPGPU parts.
Intel has currently planned for it to have more than 50 cores, once they get down to 22nm. The TDP's will hopefully be good and "Knight's Corner" should at least come out before NVIDIA's Maxwell part. Intel plan to hit 22nm before the second half of 2011 while TMSC and GloFo won't be climbing the 22nm wall anytime before 2012.
All this talk of the 6xxx series from AMD, NVIDIA can get a little left out, not now.
NVIDIA have the new Fermi rumours at a nice sizzle - a mid-life kicker Fermi could be coming out. It would help bridge the gap between Fermi's half-baked 40nm release and 2011's Kepler, 28nm.
At the moment, "Fermi 1.5" looks to be the 6xxx competition - there are no firm details on it yet, all we know is that "it's coming". But, I'm sure, like me and the rest of the TT team, being a fan of technology is great right now, and if you're a fan of GPU's - then the next 6 months is going to be great times.
New 6k series from AMD, and a possible Fermi 1.5 from NVIDIA - a tonne of new games to play them on out over the next few months!
Again, as we hear things - we'll keep you informed.
This could be a rumour - but from all the information provided, leaked and the stellar 5k series that preceded it - this could be true.
It looks as though the mainstream entry from AMD, the 6770 is going to be faster... yes, faster, than the current 5850 cards. If this is true, NVIDIA is in for a next-gen world of hurt.
Thing's just can't go right for NVIDIA's Fermi - now an interview is out with Jen-Hsun Huang, in which he blames TMSC for Fermi's problems - all of it's performance issues, heat problems all TMSC's fault.
He had the following to say: "The parasitic, umm, characterization from our foundries and the tools and the reality are simply not related. At all. We found that a major breakdown between the models, the tools and reality."
But, as Charlie says in his article (in which I agree with) if TMSC were completely at fault - then wouldn't all fabrication done at TMSC have had issues. AMD were able to release the 5xxx series to a smashing success and over 20, 000, 000 GPU's sold in the 5xxx family alone in under 12 months shows this.
Charlie also notes that Fermi's failed architecture will be felt in the industry for years - and NVIDIA pointing their finger at TMSC is the wrong thing to do.
I'd really love to be a fly on the wall at the green HQ in times like this...