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GIGABYTE lets slip AMD and NVIDIA's next-gen graphics cards

by Parm Mann on 2 June 2008, 17:24

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We've seen various graphics cards whilst walking around the COMPUTEX halls today, ranging right up to the likes of NVIDIA's GeForce 9800 GX2 and AMD's Radeon HD 3870 X2. Those, however, haven't managed to pique our interest.

What we really want to see at one of the world's largest technology shows, is next-gen offerings from both NVIDIA and AMD, namely the GeForce GTX 200 series and the Radeon HD 4000 series.

To our excitement, however, it appears that GIGABYTE has the aforementioned products hiding somewhere in its line-up. Whilst rummaging around the GIGABYTE stand, we managed to snap these exclusive images of graphics-card placeholders:

If GIGABYTE's placeholders are correct, and we have no reason to believe that they aren't, AMD's next-gen offerings aren't the quantum leap we'd hoped for. Both cards are said to provide 512MiB of GDDR3 memory, not the GDDR5 that AMD had promised. Though, these could, of course, be only mid-range derivatives.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 200 series placeholders are more revealing, providing stream processor counts and memory pathway widths. For example, the GTX 260 (pictured above) will be equipped with a 896MiB frame buffer connected to a GPU via a 448-bit pathway.

If we assume NVIDIA's partners use 2GHz-rated GDDR3, as we've seen on current 9 series SKUs, the lowest specified GTX 200 series card, will have a theoretical memory bandwidth of 112GiB/s.

The high-end GTX 280, almost doubles the current stream processor count of the single-GPU 9800 GX2 by providing 240. The efficiency of the stream processors isn't disclosed, but previous reports indicate an improvement.

It's possible that GIGABYTE just happens to have the placeholders, but can't yet show the products. On the other hand, it could mean that it has the cards in hand. Either way, we'll be paying another visit to the GIGABYTE stand tomorrow.

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nVidias offerings look pretty nice. AMD however…
Have to agree with that assessment…

I hope for AMD's sake that they've got a lot more up their sleeve, because those nVidia specs are mighty impressive…
@#$%! :confused: Umm hello? Does anyone pay attention to the rumor mills?

The HD 4850 (which we be hard launched shortly) is the “mid-range” offering. Ala HD 3850.

The HD 4870 (which should be paper launched shortly) is the “higher-end” offereing Ala HD 3870. The 4870 is getting slightly delayed due to GDDR5 Availability.

I haven't read anything about the HD 3950, but again. Note the 50 ending….please do the math.

Of course the xx50 offering will have GDDR3. They also aren't meant to be the faster, most expensive offerings either.
nVidias offerings look pretty nice. AMD however…
Apparently the HD48x0s aren't doing their AA calculations through the shaders as they were with the HD38x0s, so certainly AA performance ought to improve.

It's looking quite tasty on the red side at the moment. If they're not going to beat the greens this time around, it's going to be mighty close, though to be fair, I think they were a lot closer with the HD38x0s than most gave them credit for.

They could end up with the all-out fastest card again when the X2 comes along too (August I believe) as I've seen no mention of a GX2, and can't even begin to think how NV could get a GX2 made out of the GTX280 - it's so much fatter and hotter than the G92s that it would surely require at least 3 slots to make it possible. GTX260 may work, but it would still be uncomfortably toasty.
Apparently the HD48x0s aren't doing their AA calculations through the shaders as they were with the HD38x0s, so certainly AA performance ought to improve.
Wrong. That's just a silly, uniformed rumour from Fudzilla or somewhere.

The 3950 may well be a higher clocked revision of the RV670 chip.

The RV770 cards will be great from a performance/Ā£ perspective, but obviously they will lack the outright performance of the nvidia offerings. However, they will be much less demanding in terms of power needed and will output a lot less heat. The TDP of the nvidia cards is ~250W, as opposed to the ~150W of the fastest RV770.

R700 versus the nvidia cards will be interesting.