R600 approaches our doorstep

By Justin Mann on March 15, 2007, 7:53 PM
A good chunk of interesting information regarding AMD's upcoming (and much delayed) R600 series of cards has been released, with a roadmap update. It looks like we'll see releases very soon, with the first of them coming this month. The beefiest card of the R600 release lot, the X2900XTX, will be here on March 30th, according to the article. However, supply issues and a host of other things could easily set it back, so don't hold your breath. A stepped down version, the X2900XT, is slated for a release in mid-April.

As we've seen before, these GDDR4 and GDDR3 sporting cards won't be anywhere near “compact”, with the X2900XTX being a massive 9.5” long (with some OEM units supposedly being 12.5” long). The last time we saw cards of that size was from 3DFX, just before they went out of business. Let's hope R600's release is a good omen for AMD, not a bad one. Other specs such as power consumption are listed as well, and it looks like for a CrossFire config with the XTX you are looking at 450W draw for the cards alone – no lightweight, for sure.




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---agissi--- said:
Thats ludcris!! Four hundred and fifty watts of power consumption between two cards? 12.5 inches long? =I
Soul Harvester said:
The 12.5" units aren't going to show up on retail, but only in prebuilt systems - that is, if they will still be used at all.
thomasxstewart said:
WHEN COMPANIES TOP END PROCESSORS HAVE FALLEN 80% & MAINBOARDS BY 2/3 WITH AMD SLOT / CROSSFIRE, WHY SHOULD GAMECARDS NOT BE OVER 80% REDUCED TO SELL ENTIRE SYSTEM, ESPECIALLY WITH FOUR? SLOT SLI.TOO MUCH IS TOO MUCHSIGNED:PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART VON DRASHEK M.D.
hameron said:
Power consumption is getting out of control. Check that... It is out of control! The only reason we keep having to buy new power supplies now is because of these stupid video cards. CPUs aren't that crazy with their wattage consumption anymore.
howzz1854 said:
i think it's stupid enough that they've gone dual slot for all the 8800s and now there's gonna be a 9-12 inch card?.... i am not gonna buy it.
howzz1854 said:
[b]Originally posted by thomasxstewart:[/b][quote]WHEN COMPANIES TOP END PROCESSORS HAVE FALLEN 80% & MAINBOARDS BY 2/3 WITH AMD SLOT / CROSSFIRE, WHY SHOULD GAMECARDS NOT BE OVER 80% REDUCED TO SELL ENTIRE SYSTEM, ESPECIALLY WITH FOUR? SLOT SLI.TOO MUCH IS TOO MUCHSIGNED:PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART VON DRASHEK M.D.[/quote]the only reason AMD went for a giant price cut was to retain their market share. consider the fact that their Athlon series of CPUs have nothing else to compete again C2D other than price now. they could very well kept the price and lose their market share. so they're not really making any money off their processors now. to ask for a same price cut in the graphics sector is asking them to hang themselves. and i don't think they have a need to anyway. their ATI division is fairing very well against their rival Nvidia. .. at least so far.
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