Monday, September 6th 2010

Picture of AMD ''Cayman'' Prototype Surfaces

Here is the first picture of a working prototype of the AMD Radeon HD 6000 series "Cayman" graphics card. This particular card is reportedly the "XT" variant, or what will go on to be the HD 6x70, which is the top single-GPU SKU based on AMD's next-generation "Cayman" performance GPU. The picture reveals a card that appears to be roughly the size of a Radeon HD 5870, with a slightly more complex-looking cooler. The PCB is red in color, and the display output is slightly different compared to the Radeon HD 5800 series: there are two DVI, one HDMI, and two mini-DisplayPort connectors. The specifications of the GPU remain largely unknown, except it's being reported that the GPU is built on the TSMC 40 nm process. The refreshed Radeon HD 6000 series GPU lineup, coupled with next-generation Bulldozer architecture CPUs and Fusion APUs are sure to make AMD's lineup for 2011 quite an interesting one.



Update (9/9): A new picture of the reverse side of the PCB reveals 8 memory chips (256-bit wide memory bus), 6+2 phase VRM, and 6-pin + 8-pin power inputs.Source: ChipHell
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118 Comments on Picture of AMD ''Cayman'' Prototype Surfaces

#1
Crazykenny
I honestly cant wait for them to be released and benchmarked to sh*t. I'm esspecially interested if AMD can get the performance throne back again, single GPU wise, meaning they have to beat the GTX480.
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#2
_JP_
Looks like they really aren't looking to bring out a completely new card, they just want to improve from the HD 5000. The cooler seems a bit more evolved from the HD 5000 reference, but other than that, I don't see much difference, because I can't. :laugh:
Christmas doesn't come fast enough. :ohwell:
By the way, XT? Are those coming back?
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#3
rodneyhchef
_JP_ said:
Looks like they really aren't looking to bring out a completely new card, they just want to improve from the HD 5000. The cooler seems a bit more evolved from the HD 5000 reference, but other than that, I don't see much difference, because I can't. :laugh:
Christmas doesn't come fast enough. :ohwell:
By the way, XT? Are those coming back?
Pro/XT is still used internally by ATi to denote the 50/70 series respectively.
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#4
DaedalusHelios
Photo looks to be partially computer generated. Around the fan placement the brightness and grainy look gives it away IMO.
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#5
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
DaedalusHelios said:
Photo looks to be partially computer generated. Around the fan placement the brightness and grainy look gives it away IMO.
It's cut out from a larger picture of the card installed on a system. You can see that a monitor is already connected to one of the DVI ports, and power connectors are in place. They just blacked-out parts of the picture outside the card. They just did an ordinary job blacking out, so it's not CGI.
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#6
caleb
What are those tiny ports near hdmi ?
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#7
_JP_
They are DisplayPorts.
Not very used and known, because most screens nowadays don't support the connector.
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#8
DaedalusHelios
btarunr said:
It's cut out from a larger picture of the card installed on a system. You can see that a monitor is already connected to one of the DVI ports, and power connectors are in place. They just blacked-out parts of the picture outside the card. They just did an ordinary job blacking out, so it's not CGI.



I said partially as in it was a prototype that they altered the fan only in the photo. Looks grainy like an alteration to make it angled. Could just be from a cheap digital camera having trouble with low light but its looks altered to me. They might have other photos that show it better. I wouldn't think they would need to photoshop it into the photo but it just looks that way to me. lol
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#9
pantherx12
Could of made the heatsink about the inch longer.
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#13
Atom_Anti
_JP_ said:
FUD is worth as much as you paid for it, nothing new here, at least nothing that we haven't seen in TPU...
I have not seen any similar here in TPU:twitch:.
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#14
_JP_
According to Wiki, 2GB of RAM seems to start being implemented on high-end cards with still few games being able to fill 1GB. They seem to want this standardized.
Also, nice to see possible 512-bit memory buses. Last time I saw one of those was on a 2900XT (wow, long time ago).
Good thing is that the new HD 6870 is only going to consume 10W more than the current one, supposedly from the extra RAM.
But all of this hasn't been confirmed yet so it's FUD...It'll be be good if it happens...I'll patiently wait anyway...

Atom_Anti said:
I have not seen any similar here in TPU:twitch:.
Start messing with the Search feature.
See here and here.
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#16
gumpty
_JP_ said:
Looks like they really aren't looking to bring out a completely new card, they just want to improve from the HD 5000.
I think originally they were planning on bringing out a new architecture for the 6k series, but it was being built around TSMC's 32nm process. But then TSMC canned the 32nm and went straight to a smaller one. AMD were stuck so they have bunged a few of the next-gen features with the previous gen's architecture and built it on 40nm as a stopgap (although the performance will still be better).

Something like that anyway.
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#17
HossHuge
mastrdrver said:
Ah yes, Wikipedia. The other fud.
Again, according to WIKI. I didn't say I believed it. Don't shoot the messenger...:p
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#18
Atom_Anti
_JP_ said:
Start messing with the Search feature.
Than read the Wiki messes, because that won't have 512-bit memory buses:laugh:.
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#19
_JP_
Atom_Anti said:
Than read the Wiki messes, because that won't have 512-bit memory buses:laugh:.
_JP_ said:
But all of this hasn't been confirmed yet so it's FUD...It'll be be good if it happens...I'll patiently wait anyway...
Have I made myself clear?
And because it is FUD, your sentence backfires. As in, how do you know it won't have 512-bit bus width?
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#20
pantherx12
Wouldn't 512-bit bus with gdrr5 equate to bat-shit insane memory bandwidth?
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#21
LAN_deRf_HA
After seeing what a big temp difference the evga highflow bracket makes I really think ati needs to stop with the little two third grating. If I got this card first thing I'd do is either snip out those grill struts or just cut the whole bracket down the center. Also pretty positive it's still using a 256 bit bus, just paired with what I'd call proper GDDR5... running at the high speeds manufacturers have advertised in press releases but never shown in products, until now. Oh and yay for getting rid of that happy meal plastic racing stripe... EDIT* nvm, I see it's on the side now.
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#22
_JP_
pantherx12 said:
Wouldn't 512-bit bus with gdrr5 equate to bat-shit insane memory bandwidth?
Most likely, yes. More than 200GB/s. I can only see this useful for Eyefinity users (all 6 screens), for single screens it will be overkill. BUT the thing is that it's all FUD for now...
LAN_deRf_HA said:
Oh and yay for getting rid of that happy meal plastic racing stripe.
I don't know, I kinda liked that. But I guess they had to innovate somewhere else other than the card's specs.
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#23
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
There is no 512-bit memory interface. It's 256-bit, but making use of 7 GT/s memory chips (so one can expect 30~35% increase in memory bandwidth over Cypress). Don't refer to Wikipedia for unannounced products without any citations. They're usually some fanboy's wetdreams.
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#24
_JP_
btarunr said:
There is no 512-bit memory interface. It's 256-bit, but making use of 7 GT/s memory chips (so one can expect 30~35% increase in memory bandwidth over Cypress).
Yeah, I guess I remember reading that somewhere....
btarunr said:
Don't refer to Wikipedia for unannounced products without any citations. They're usually some fanboy's wetdreams.
:roll:
Duly noted. But I wasn't referring to what's on Wiki as fact, just telling what's written there and comparing it's worth against what's written on fudzilla...it's all rumors until something official actually comes out, announced or released. I am very aware of that.
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#25
Atom_Anti
_JP_ said:
Have I made myself clear?
And because it is FUD, your sentence backfires. As in, how do you know it won't have 512-bit bus width?
Because the 512bit would drive the cost up significantly and nobody wants that to happen. It is already makes 204,8 GB/s bandwith with 256bit bus and 1600Mhz GDDR5. That is pretty awesome, isn't it:rolleyes:? or need more:eek:?
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