Now this is certainly an unexpected surprise - AMD are planning to enter the GPU market very shortly, and in a mighty BIG way at that. Hexus have attained some spicey details covering what AMD have in store for us with their first GPU product, and it would seem quite apparent that both NVIDIA and ATI have a bit of a threat on the horizon based on these below comments alone. Be sure to go and get the full scoop from Hexus today!
Now it might be said that where Intel lead, AMD follow, but if we're honest, that's all just clever marketing and it has long been known that AMD run faster and cooler than certain Intel chips. But GPUs were an area that Intel did foray into and AMD wisely left well alone, probably believing it better to focus on CPUs instead.
But suddenly, out of nowhere, AMD have delivered a hammer blow to ATI, NVIDIA and Intel with a stunning new GPU that is set to light up the accelerator scene in a fashion not seen since 3Dfx brought out the Voodoo1.
The new chip, codenamed Apollo Fir, has SIXTEEN, yes that's right, SIXTEEN pixel pipelines. Throw in just about every damn shading technique and hardware feature you can think of and it would seem that on paper, AMD has just won the entire GPU market with its first chip.
And no, this isn't just hyperbole, or me getting carried away with a press release. Taking a cue from the XFX SLI system with two NVIDIA 6800 Ultra 512MB boards, AMD have produced an engineering board with a massive 2Gig of ultra-fast DDR2 memory.