ATI New Board With 32 Pipelines

The latest information released from Canada regarding ATIs monstrous R520 board, also known as Fudo, mentions the magic 'pipeline' word, a key element of the battle for graphical supremacy last year. Many might remember how the number 16 seemed to be the holy grail of both manufacturers and how stunned we all were that the companies involved could produce such monstrous boards carrying so many transistors and not be responsible for the melting of the polar ice caps.

Well this time ATI claims that its new range of boards will carry in excess of 300 million transistors meaning that, at least in theory, it will be able to feature 32 pipelines. It's time for gamer jaws to drop again as this will mean that the boards will feature twice as many pipelines as their predecessors. The current line of thinking at ATI is to have all boards with 32 pipelines but to restrict the first few versions to 24 functioning ones and to gradually introduce the full 32 enabled versions when market conditions and competitor products demand them.

ATI is rather keen to begin making its presence felt on the Top 20 3DMark hall of fame, as the recent failed attempt in Texas clearly demonstrated. The R520 could be the card to bring that success to ATI since it should be capable of performing at least twice as fast as the X850 meaning it should outperform even current SLI setups.

If ATI also manages to introduce its dual-GPU configuration this summer as expected, the resulting performance should run away with the 3DMark crown. I will leave you with the thought of two 32 pixel pipeline R520s running in tandem a game of your choice, how's that for starters?

NOTE :

The picture card is the Crucial RADEON X850XT 256MB PCI Express card and not the R520.

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ATI New Board With 32 Pipelines

It is normal for new cards to be tested against current offerings. The thing that is going to hurt Nvidia the most is not the fact the ATI's monster the R520 will be stacked against the 6800ultra but the fact that the R520 will have a huge head start in availability.

ATI New Board With 32 Pipelines

To AJAX at 14:54 8/4/2005So what? Neither did the guys who got x300/600/700/800 cards from ATI have support for that WGF. Though, it doesn't mean they won't be able to run Longhorn. As we all know (well, maybe not all), there's no such thing as a long term investment into a video card or cpu these days. You're also comparin a next gen card with a current gen cards and are biased agains nVidia. I don't hold any brand preference, only performance/price is the choice factor for me. So basically, like anon at 15:07 pointed out, it's stupid to compare a next gen card to a previous gen card as they would obviously be different. Afterall, if it wasn't who'd want to upgrade to that next gen card? The specs may also change and we're yet to find out what nVidia has up its sleeve but it's certainly interesting to see when ATI will come up with its rumored dual core card.

ATI New Board With 32 Pipelines

You make good points, I agree that it is stupid to compare next gen with current gen. I was pointing out that there is no nothing long term in the computing world. Some have said that the NV4x series is a better long term investment because of PS 3.0. However there will never be a solid PS 3.0 game. Even Unreal 3 will use shader model combination.

ATI New Board With 32 Pipelines

its not FAIR to compare next gen with current gen, but if one company doesnt have a card coming for a while, and the next gen card is 3x performance or more over a single of the other copmpanies, u have to start realizing some facts

ATI New Board With 32 Pipelines

"yes in the us ati had a slower product release date but in canada, europe, and japan you could get the x800 6 to 8 months before the first 6800 was out.now true most stores had their x800 supply sold out very fast but the 6800 did not hit the store until 6 to 8 months later, and when the 6800 hit the store they also had a problem (even in the u.s.) of being availilable.i am not saying that ati is better than the 6800, just one cycle a head.get your timing right..."it is impossible for ati to have put the x800 cards out 6 months before the 6800, because 4 months aftere the nv40 launch, the 6800 was available. so according to you, ati x800 must have been available 3 months before the launch. that is new to me. both 6800 and x800 started being available (not just 1 card per 100 square miles) in late august.

ATI New Board With 32 Pipelines

cantsay wrote: "about the 6600 being a better buy than the 6600GT; memory clock can and will make the difference between playing games at 1024x768 or 1280x1024; bandwidth is the key word there. Also the 6600GT has now been priced at about $30US above the regular; get the GT for better RAM."if its only 30 dollars i would too buy 6600gt but here in switzerland its 80 dollars difference so ill surely buy 6600 without gt. i dont think i gonna use sli or higher resolutions anyway. and the difference in speed is about 10 percent thsts not worth the money

ATI New Board With 32 Pipelines

Seeing that whole Cell proc business I'd imagine chips shifting towards multi-core setups where you have many slower cores share the task. Right now there are major heat issues with imcreasing speed on the current proc architectures so chip makers intel and amd need to start with a new design (if they haven't already done so). we're yet to find out the actual performance of a Cell chip but frankly it seems rather promising not just speed wise but also having a much lower heat dissipation than current P4 chips. i guess we'll wait and see what awaits us in near future. :)

ATI New Board With 32 Pipelines

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ATI New Board With 32 Pipelines

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ATI New Board With 32 Pipelines

i have a few friends who are mad because they believed that they could buy a good video card right now (6800 gt ultra) and then add to this, in a few years, another high end next gen card. right now this can not happen with sli."You will literally be able to take an R520 and plug it side by side with R423, X800 or R480, X850 board and make them render simultaneously"[url removed] that sounds really cool. of cource you still need drivers to work with each game to see a power boost, but that is still a big buying reason for ATI.i do believe in the future sli can do this, but you will need to get a new motherboard with a new and improved sli.keep in mind that ATI Multi VPU is right now running on an agp (for the us army) system. i do not know how they are being hooked together but it does mean that when you pick up this new tech (problably only for the pci express, to keep with the times... and probably only for two cards, the us army has 37 9700 hooked up together... hard to believe) your current ATI x800 (even though it can work with the 9700 they probably will force people to have it work with only the x700, x800 and higher series) can be added to the r520.this means you will always get the power of the new video card with the boost of your old card. maximum gaming but saving your money!!!

ATI New Board With 32 Pipelines

the bad news for ati multi vpu is that people will keep thier old video card and not sell them. this means that people who like to buy last years tech used, might find it hard to do so. why sell your old card when you can just added it to your new one and get a bonus in fps.

ATI New Board With 32 Pipelines

ATI Multi VPU has been around for years now. they are being used in simulators, flight, war, etc...the funny thing is all in open gl, ati is not the best in open gl.so why were they not out when sli came out? do they want to wait for dual core cpu's? are they working on drivers, so when it does come out it can work with a large list of games?I would invest in a motherboard with this in it, but I hate buying twice.

ATI New Board With 32 Pipelines

yes, but casual gamers buy used video cards all of the time. but why would someone sell there x800 pro when they could link it to there better card for more power.i like to buy my stuff used, cheap, and mid to high level. i own an x800 pro because someone bought an x850 xt-pe. every two years most mid to hard core gamer buys a new video card, but if you could use your old one for a boost then why would you sell it.what will happen is people will keep there old video card for four years. unless i go nvidia (but i like single card power)overclocked and volt mod my x800 pro is at an x800 xt-pe level, power full and stable. you can overclock a 6800 gt, but not as much as an ati card.in two years the r520 will be old, still powerful, but old. i can not see anyone selling there r520. there will be afew x850 (put i am already to that power level). it will just force me to either save up alot of money or go nvidia.

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