AMD/ATI Launches Some New GPUs

The Radeon HD 3400 series includes the HD 3450 and the HD 3470, they both have a core clock of 800MHz and have 40 stream processors.

The HD 3450 will have 256MB of DDR2 500MHz memory and the HD 3470 will have 256MB of GDDR3 950MHz memory both of them with 64-bit memory interfaces. The HD Radeon 3400 series will be priced between $49 and $65.

The new mainstream graphics card is the Radeon HD 3650 with 120 stream processors. The HD 3650 will have two variations, the first with 256MB of GDDR3 800MHz memory and the second will feature 3 tiers of 500MHz DDR2 memory at 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB all of which will have a 128-bit memory interface. All of the HD 3650 cards will be clocked at 725MHz and will not support hybrid corssfire. The HD 3650 will be priced between $79 and $99.

AMD/ATI also announced immediate availability of the new high end Radeon HD 3870 X2 graphics card. This is the first graphics processor to break the Teraflop processing barrier. The HD 3870 X2 combines two Radeon HD 3870s on a single graphics board connected through integrated CrossFire technology. The new graphics card will be priced at $449, which is a fairly good deal considering the recent high end cards being priced at nearly $700 from Nvidia.

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Crysis “Crash Cutscene”

Crysis is, as many of you know, one of the games that I, like many others, have been waiting for. It is beautiful, it looks extremely fun, and will be one of the first games to really show what DX10 can do. Check out the latest shaky cam footage of the game.

Nvidia G92 Set for November

Nividia will soon be announcing a new mid-range graphics chip, the G92. The chip is set to launch on November 12th of this year. The G92 is going to be replace the Geforce 8800GTS graphics cards.

The G92 will have support for PCIe 2.0, HDMI, and Display Port.

I am rather excited for the G92 chip. I’ve been thinking about building a new PC for some upcoming games (Spore and Crysis) and the mid-range graphics cards are definitely in my price range.

No news about the G98 which is the upcoming entry level chip but I would guess that you will see it sometime before mid-Q1 ’08.


According to theInquirer, DigiTimes is wrong about the G92 being a mid-range chip. theInquirer says that this is absolutely not true.

“This baby sports some serious shading power, but more important is the fact that the memory installed on board is now GDDR4. 768MB of GDDR4, to be more precise. The amount of memory discards rumours of 256-bit bus, since it is obvious that Nvidia will keep 384-bit memory controller for the high-end series of products. We would welcome this memory controller in mainstream arena, though.”

Sorry for the mix up, I’m not sure exactly who to believe but I will say that if the G92 was a mid range chip then Nvidia was dumb to name it the G92. Looks like I’ve got conflicting stories here, I’ll let you guys know when it gets straightened out. Until then decide for yourself.


ATI 2400 Pro vs. 8400GS in 3DMark06

I don’t have full benchmark numbers by any means but Boot Daily has got a hold of some 3DMark06 benchmarks showing that the 2400 Pro is far behind the 8400GS at a very similar price point. ATI is not having a good time when it comes to performance against Nvidia’s offerings. I just hope they get their act together and give Nvidia some competition, competition is always good, it keeps prices down.

Well the 2400 Pro is getting around 1250 with the 8400GS getting around 1620.

Head on over to Boot Daily for exact numbers.

Geforce 8400GS 256MB

Radeon HD 2400 PRO 256MB

RD790 Brings Quadfire

AMD’s new RD790 chipsets will bring some cool features but one really interesting one according to the Inquirer is the use of 4 graphics cards in a crossfire-like set up. They will have to be X1k and X2k series cards however.

The motherboards will sport 4 full length PCIe slots running 4 of them at 8x or two of them at 16x.

OCZ has some pictures of one of the motherboards that you can check out here.

I don’t really see the use in 4 graphics cards unless you are doing some kind of crazy work that would require you to have 8 monitors set up. That just seems like way to many monitors to me.

Radeon HD News Around the net

The ATI Radeon HD 2000 series has launched and a flood of news and reviews have hit the internet. Here are the ones that I found interesting:

AMD Phenom CPU and ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT finally official

ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT – AMD’s Long awaited R600 DX10 GPU arrives

AMD Releases 2000 Series Radeons

AMD’s R600 has something of the flawed diamond about it

ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT

AMD Launches ATI Radeon HD Family, Finally

5/14/2007 Daily Hardware Reviews — ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT Edition

AMD unveils ATI Radeon HD 2000

AMD’s ATI R600 launched for desktops, laptops

AMD finally introduces ATI Radeon HD 2000 series, performance reportedly disappointing

Power Supply Makers Lining up for R600

PowerColor Radeon HD 2900 XT graphics card

AMD Announces ATI Mobility Radeon HD Family

ATI Radeon HD 2000 Series Launched, from $99 to $399

Radeon HD takes out hardware site

After a long wait, ATI’s next-gen 3D cards arrive

Yea I know thats a lot and there today has been nothing but links but the new Radeons are very interesting and very important for AMD, so check them out.

ATI Radeon HD 2600 and 2400 Details

DailyTech has some information on ATI Radeon HD 2600 and 2400 boards. Two Radeon HD 2600 flavors, Pro and XT. Partners will have many variations of the 2600. They will include GDDR4, GDDR3, and DDR2 in 512MB and 256MB.  Radeon HD 2400 will have 256MB and 128MB of memory.

The 2600 and 2400 cards will be much cheaper than the 2900 cards and they all will feature DirectX10 support.

Find out more here.

8800 Ultra to be Priced at $829

Yes, thats right if you want yourself a 8800 Ultra they are going to MSRP for $829. At least that is what the Inquirer is saying.

That is a bit high for an overclocked 8800 GTX with slightly faster memory.

They are also saying that they will be in very small numbers. Think 7950GX2 or 7800GTX 512MB.

the Inquirer

8800 Ultra Details

Nvidia will be doing a nice paper launch of this card with availability the third week in may(rumor).

612MHz Core Clock
2.16GHz Memory Clock

The 8800 Ultra is very similar to the 8800GTX, just with different clocks on the Core and memory and with a different cooler. From what I read here, Every GTX should be able to reach these clocks with a quick voltmod.

ATI Radeon HD 2900XT and XTX Benchmarks

DailyTech had some time with the two cards and was able to benchmark them against a Geforce 8800GTX. The 2900XTX is really fast but is nothing compared to the 8800GTX, although the 2900XT is faster than the 8800GTS.

Seems like both sections of AMD are having some problems graphics cards and CPU’s.

In Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion:
Radeon HD 2900XTX got 75.1 FPS
Radeon HD 2900XT got 73.4 FPS
Geforce 8800GTX got 98.4 FPS

all of the other data looks very similar but I would suggest checking it out.