AMD Gives RV870 Its Codename

Evergreen be thy name.

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Published Tue, Jun 2 2009 4:27 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:36 PM CST
AMD has finally given us a codename to call their upcomming DirectX 11 GPU, and a mildly comical story to go with it as well.

AMD Gives RV870 Its Codename



Two years ago, when AMD and ATI were still getting used to being one, AMD and ATI engineers were gathering after a day at Computex 2007 drinking some beer and started brainstorming ideas. They wanted to do something unconventional. The RV870 card actually got its name from the Evergreen Hotel in Taiwan, due to the free transfers that the hotel offers to and from the Taipei Tayouan Airport.

As the idea made its rounds, everyone fell in love with it. Now we have the codename to go with ATI's upcomming GPU, Evergreen. Its catchy, simply, and seems much more relevant than oddball names that we usually get like Fudo and Rodin.

Zac provides professional IT support by day, but plays the role of enthusiast by night. He's been building high-end custom computer for the nearly fifteen years and writing PC hardware reviews for the better part of a decade. Aside from computers, he also dabbles in quite a bit of home A/V equipment. Throughout the years, Zac has picked up an extensive knowledge of power circuitry and leverages this to provide the PSU reviews. When not found testing or writing, you can often find him speeding through the winding countryside on his motorcycle.

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