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RV740 Launch Pushed to April

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  1. btarunr

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    Following reports of AMD's next flagship GPU, the RV790 being pushed to April, a fresh report from Hardware-Infos suggests that its sibling, the RV740 will join the league of the company's product launches slated for April. Company sources tell Hardware-Infos that the company has no product-launches scheduled for the upcoming CeBIT event held in Germany. The report suggests constraints of TSMC, a major foundry partner for AMD's graphics product group (GPG), with regards to its 40 nm bulk manufacturing process, as a likely cause although this bit wasn't endorsed by the source.

    Another source shed some light on the specifications of the two graphics processors. It is suggested that the RV790 has expanded machinery at its disposal, with 960 stream processors and 48 texture memory units. Engineering samples based on the said GPU are known to carry faster memory chips. The specifications coupled with the suggested higher clock speeds of 850/975 MHz (core/memory) help explain how the RV790 could manage to pose competition to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 accelerator. The RV740 on the other hand, is said to carry 640 stream processors, 32 texture memory units, and a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface.

    Source: Hardware-Infos
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2009
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    RV740 seems very interesting. It should match the HD4830, but at a significant cost reduction. I like the looks of that.
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    RV790 will replace HD4870 ?:confused:
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    Same old ATI, always scared of RMA. At least it will be well worth the 960 stream processors.
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    Yes, it will go into making the HD4890.
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    It shouldn't replace it, it will just add to the line-up. It should fit between the HD4870 and HD4870x2.
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    I agree. I am as interested in what these companies can do at the mid/low end of things as the no-holds-barred high end. AMD/ATI are very serious about both areas, moreso than NV apparently with that sad 9500GT crap.

    If those specs are right for RV790, GTX 285 is going to be in for some big hurt. Maybe I'll finally have something that's worthy of replacing the 'ol 8800GTX in the main game rig. I like to upgrade when it's guaranteed to be an eye opener. :)
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    RV790 looks sweet. Very exciting if it can be a direct competitor to the 285
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    NVidia's offerings in the mid-range are nice. The new cheaper, more energy efficient 9600GT walks on the HD4670. The current 9600GT offers about 10% better performance, at the same $70 price point. The new 9600GT should give the same performance benefit, at an even cheaper price.

    And in the low end segment, the 9500GT gives pretty much double the performance of the HD4550 at the same $45 price point.

    Obviously prices vary greatly from place to place, but in terms of performance nVidia seems to be putting out some pretty decent cards in the mid and low ranges.
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    CDdude55 Crazy 4 TPU!!!

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    Well my B-day is April 1st, so maybe this will be a good pick.:)
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    Screw the RV790 and RV740......I WANT THE ALMIGHTY RV870:rockout:
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    Definitely want the HD 5k series to come out or whatever the name scheme is going to be in the new generation of shader 5.0 cards that come out.

    My 3870 will hold me over for another year, so, I'll be waiting :D
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    Still 16 ROP's? Or not? I mean, they keep raising the shader/stream unit count but that's not where AMD GPU's are bottlenecked. 16 ROP's is where R4xx series started back in 2004. But, then again I understand it. Even if the global economic problems weren't as serious (and they are) AMD was in serious financial troubles even before all this stuff started and all they can do at this point is tweak their architecture in most cost effective ways. ROP partitions take up plenty of die space which means a massive transistor count bump and AMD can't afford that. Also, a bump in the ROP area would increase the already dangerous thermal profiles of AMD's high-end GPU's and they would have to charge an arm and a leg to justify production.
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    You can't compare R4xx ROPs to RV7xx ROPs...

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