Tuesday, February 20th 2007

R600 to get WHQL first

The Inquirer reports that ATI/AMD's R600 will win the "WHQL race" - both the hardware, as well as the necessary "WHQL certified" driver is due on CeBIT's eve - that is March 14th, to be exact. The drivers will support single as well as CrossFire setups for all ATI cards including the R600 generation, for both Windows XP and Vista. It is not certain if DX10 drivers for 64-bit operating systems will be out at the same time, but AMD has done its best so that the driver support will be second to none. AMD now has a levy over Nvidia measured in weeks - WHQL SLI driver for DirectX 10 or 64-bit Vista isn't expected until April - which is pretty sad. Nvidia has been shipping G80, or GeForce 8800 for almost six months now, and AMD will in the end ship more Vista WHQL certified dual-GPU systems than a six-month shipping product from their competitor. It is also important to note that the driver not only includes support for the Radeon X2900 series, but also low-end and mainstream parts under code-names RV610 and RV630, or Radeon X2200 and X2400.Source: The Inq
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17 Comments on R600 to get WHQL first

#1
AshenSugar
HAHA yyet again amdti>:nutkick:
truely sad 6 months out and STILL NO DRIVER SUPPORT FOR VISTA, and no decent driver support at all from what i have seen

why cant nvidia seem to not suck ?

at this rate nvidia is going to loose massive market share to amdti, i can see alot of nvidia 8800 owners ebaying their cards and buying amdti x2800/2900 cards in the neer future, guess thats good for people on xp who want another card for SLI, ROFL.....HAHAHAHA
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#2
LiNKiN
Staff
Serious Pwnage! The more I read the sweeter it is. It just wont come soon enough!
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#3
Completely Bonkers
One suspects that nVidia is having a hard time due to one of the possible reasons:

1./ The card isn't actually DX10, but DX9.9 (implenting a lot, but not all of the DX10 features... and therefore needing ALOT of software workarounds), or

2./ The GPU microcode/tape out has ERRORS in the DX10 execution units. And nVidia are desperately trying to find software workarounds.

Either way, pwned
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#4
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Supreme Pwnage indeed. Its just sad to see they dont have working drivers for DX10, be it vista or what have you. If they would have just taken the time on the software side of it to get things straight, Nvidia would have definately dominated. Instead, they chose to rush out a product just to be first. And lets face it folks, rushing to be first usually means crappy quality and non working products....I hope Nvidia gets their act together soon and gives its customers what they deserve....working drivers for a $700 card (or $600 whichever it is...not sure)
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#5
Track
Its NOT going to be called X2900!
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#6
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
by: D_o_S
WHQL SLI driver for DirectX 10 or 64-bit Vista isn't expected until April - which is pretty sad.
NVidia's entire Driver department is just plain sad right now.:banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
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#7
Murasame
by: Track
Its NOT going to be called X2900!
Why wouldn't it be called X2900?
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#8
Scavar
I thought nVidia had Vista drivers coming out march 9th or something....Maybe I dreamed that...
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#9
AshenSugar
nv vista drivers for sli and some models wont be out till like the 12-14, that is if they can get them done by then anyway.
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#10
jbizzler
NVIDIA just got WHQL today. Go look.
I don't see why everyone hates these drivers. I don't have any problems with them. I've been programming DX10 apps, and it runs it just fine.
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#11
Bastieeeh
Btw.: I would call THAT inappropriate news... ;-)
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#12
AshenSugar
jbizzler, they got partial WHQL, no SLI support yet, so drivers are incomplete still
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#13
jbizzler
All WHQL means is it's passed Microsoft's quality testing. No where does it say it needs all the hardware's features. In that case, no driver is complete.
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#14
Completely Bonkers
Seeing that the "news" is completely wrong... the thread should be deleted
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#15
BXtreme
by: Completely Bonkers
Seeing that the "news" is completely wrong... the thread should be deleted
i was thinking the same ;)
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#16
Alec§taar
by: jbizzler
All WHQL means is it's passed Microsoft's quality testing. No where does it say it needs all the hardware's features. In that case, no driver is complete.
True... per this thread yesteday here on the forums, it would appear NVidia already gained that:

NVIDIA Releases WHQL Drivers for Vista

http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=25836

The "ATI fanboy club" appears to be either in error here, OR just outright starting up "F.U.D." period...

by: Completely Bonkers
Seeing that the "news" is completely wrong... the thread should be deleted
I'd tend to agree as well...

:)

Right now, it appears that the ATI fanboys here & elsewhere, "jumped the gun"... & what about this thread, stating R600 will NOT release this quarter as well:

R600 will not release this quarter:

http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=25870

APK

P.S.=> Can somebody explain this to me? I don't get it... Oh, wait a second, now I do: Look @ the source of THIS thread's story (explains much - the Inquirer strikes again!

They're earning themselves a "dubious reputation" & personally, unless somebody can explain all of this?

The Inquirer's out spreading "F.U.D." yet again (& it's NOT the first time - irresponsible journalism imo on the "Inquirer's" part once again, @ least until somebody can explain this away to myself & others reading!)... apk
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#17
Completely Bonkers
You know what I would like:

A complete moratorium on using the Inquirer as a news source.
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