Sunday, February 11th 2007

Info on the R600 – it’s big


VR-Zone claims to have dug up a bit more information on AMD’s R600, the company’s flagship DirectX 10 card. When it launches there should be both XTX and XT versions of the card. The XTX, with 1GB GDDR4 memory, will have OEM and retail versions – the OEM (pictured above) will measure 12.4” and consume 270W of power, whilst the 9.5” retail version will use 240W. The XT version of the R600 will have 512MB of GDDR3 memory, being 9.5” long and using 240W of power. The XL version of the card is expected to be released at a later date.Source: VR-Zone
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#1
Tatty_One
Senior Moderator
by: Jimmy 2004

VR-Zone claims to have dug up a bit more information on AMD’s R600, the company’s flagship DirectX 10 card. When it launches there should be both XTX and XT versions of the card. The XTX, with 1GB GDDR4 memory, will have OEM and retail versions – the OEM (pictured above) will measure 12.4” and consume 270W of power, whilst the 9.5” retail version will use 240W. The XT version of the R600 will have 512MB of GDDR3 memory, being 9.5” long and using 240W of power. The XL version of the card is expected to be released at a later date.

Source: VR-Zone
Still think it looks like a camp bed with an ATi logo'd pillow on it! Can't quite understand why ATi bring out the 1950XTX with GDDR4 memory then a new DX10 card where the XT version has GDDR3, the XT is hardly going to be mid range in the real world as it will probably cost similar to the hire of a troop of Phillepino Dancing Girls!
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#2
C.Ash
I doubt the XT will have only 512MB.
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#3
AnnCore
Staff
Not only is that big, it's pretty ugly too.

These "20" feet long cards are a real nuisance. I should know cuz I just put in an x1950 pro in my rig. I had watercooling on my cpu, gpu and northbridge but had to remove everything but the cpu block and the kitchen sink to accomodate my new card. Before you know it graphic cards will be external cuz they'll be too big...
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#4
Yin
whats with these new massive size video cards.... things are suppose to get smaller not bigger.
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#5
J0N
by: Yin
whats with these new massive size video cards.... things are suppose to get smaller not bigger.
Its like an e-penis!
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#6
mandelore
Aww... thats frikkin huge.. I was **hoping** that i may be able to use my dangerden tyee waterblock on the new range of dx10 cards, like my x1900xtx :( god dammit...i have more 1/2" tubing in my system than anything else.

Its like needing a heart transplant and being told you can only have a whales, and thusly you will need your kidneys and liver and pretty much everything else removed just to get in in.. well soz for the anatomy reference but hell, its gonna b surgery time on my pc if i get me a dx10 card. God help any1 who wants them in sli......


Edit.. I seen info on pciE extension cables, so maybe well need to glue the card to the outside of our cases haha :p
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#7
RickyG512
OMG !!!!!!!!!!

that must run hot look at how many heatpipes there are

where are the vents for the fan to suck air

what is that black plastic looking thing at the end, it looks like a handle
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#8
niko084
by: C.Ash
I doubt the XT will have only 512MB.
I doubt 99% of people out there would ever even fill 512mb of video ram...
Let alone 1gig or more.

Check out the performance differences between a x1950 256 and a x1950 512...
It's near and most the time absolutely nothing to a gamer.
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#9
HookeyStreet
Eat, sleep, game!
by: mandelore
God help any1 who wants them in sli......
Dont you mean CrossFire????? :D
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#10
niko084
by: HookeyStreet
Dont you mean CrossFire????? :D
What about 4 of them! :toast::respect:
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#11
mullered07
by: niko084
What about 4 of them! :toast::respect:
what about 2kw psu :confused:
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#12
niko084
by: mullered07
what about 2kw psu :confused:
Nah just 4 redundant 400s..

What do you think they made rack mount for :rockout:
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#13
TheButcherNL
Maybe a silly question, but why is the retail version shorter?

Do they mean the 3rd party manufacturers put on other coolers?

Always was a bit confused about what OEM and retail really is.:banghead:

cya later
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#14
Ketxxx
Heedless Psychic
Look at the PCB, ignoring the cooler size. Methinks MUCH smaller 3rd party cooler alternatives will sweep across like wildfire.
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#15
pt
not a suicide-bomber
by: TheButcherNL
Maybe a silly question, but why is the retail version shorter?

Do they mean the 3rd party manufacturers put on other coolers?

Always was a bit confused about what OEM and retail really is.:banghead:

cya later
oem is for pc makers like dell, hp, etc.
retail is for shops to sell one by one to us :)
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#16
EviLZeD
wow that things huge they just now need to add a nice sticker to that heatsink cover i wonder how much the XL version will cost
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#17
XooM
the OEM is that big to fit into special PCI mounting slots at the opposite end of the PCI slots. They've been around for ages and do a great job, its just that after a while they got dinosaured out because nothing was long enough to need them.
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#18
SlipSlice
If what they say about the XTX version of the R600, and all the specs are true..U can be damn sure that it is going to be a badass card.

Probably not for a long time though, considering Nvidia, and ATI compete monthly on the best graphics card.

S1iP
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#19
Tatty_One
Senior Moderator
by: niko084
I doubt 99% of people out there would ever even fill 512mb of video ram...
Let alone 1gig or more.

Check out the performance differences between a x1950 256 and a x1950 512...
It's near and most the time absolutely nothing to a gamer.
Depends which review you read, in FEAR on max settings at 1600 x 1200 the 256MB card has to constantly "swap" up to 205MB of system memory, that slightly slows performance, as you rightly said tho, not by much, they reckon about 5FPS max but if you game at the hioghest resolutions you could see maybe a 10-15FPS slowdown.

It's the higher resolutions where it tells a little, 1280 x 1024 and below and there is little or no difference, benching in 2005 and 2006 does not show a difference because 2005 tests at 1024 x 768 and 2006 tests at 1280 x 1024.
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#20
kakazza
I refuse to use any graphics card which draws more than 100W (which is already too much imho).

While Intel was able to reduce power consumption and add performance, graphic cards do exactly the opposite...
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#21
PyroInc
that card looks big and ugly:)
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#22
NympH
by: PyroInc
that card looks big and ugly:)
And i want one! :roll:
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#23
Completely Bonkers
Why is the card NOT EVEN BIGGER?? That would be cool... The biggest card in the world... complete with NEW CASE XXL accessory. :roll:
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#24
Protius
by: NympH
And i want one! :roll:
ditto
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#25
hv43082
So how much will the top dog edition cost???
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