And of course NVidea has one coming later too: http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/video/d...124235047.htmlATI Launches New High-Performance Radeon X1900-Series.
ATI’s New Enthusiast-Class GPU Ups Performance in 3D Games
by Anton Shilov
[ 01/24/2006 | 11:10 PM ]
ATI Technologies on Tuesday unveiled a new family of Radeon X1900 graphics processing units (GPUs) that combine high gaming performance as well as future-proof architecture. The company also said that the newcomers would be available for purchase immediately, something which is does not happen often in the graphics card industry.
“All of the Radeon X1900 products raise the bar in so many ways. They deliver the best performance, they offer image quality features unavailable from any other company and they are widely available,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, PC business, ATI Technologies.
The Radeon X1900-series chips utilize the already proven Radeon X1800 architecture, but add pixel shader horsepower and some other improvements aimed to boost performance and ultimately improve image quality.
The Radeon X1900 graphics chip, also known under code-name R580, features 48 pixel shader processors, 8 vertex shader processors, 16 texture units, enlarged by 50% hierarchical Z-buffer (HyperZ buffer), higher amount of general purpose register arrays as well as Fetch4 feature designed to accelerate lookup of textures consisting of one component by the factor of four. The new chip naturally utilizes ATI’s ring-bus memory controller as well as other improvements found in the Radeon X1000 family.
ATI’s add-in-board partners started to ship four versions of the Radeon X1900-series: Radeon X1900 XTX ($649) – the fastest graphics cards to date, Radeon X1900 CrossFire Edition ($599) – the main building block for a system containing two Radeon X1900 products for ultimate performances, Radeon X1900 XT ($549) – a slight lower-clocked version of the XTX, All-In-Wonder Radeon X1900 – a multimedia graphics card based on the latest chip from the company.
According to tests by X-bit labs, the Radeon X1900 XTX beats the GeForce 7800 GTX 512 graphics card developed by Nvidia Corp. in virtually all benchmarks and also offers some proof for the future, the article “The Fast and Furious: ATI Radeon X1900 XTX Review” found out.
Nvidia Promises New High-End Chip for March Launch.
Nvidia Readies Answer for ATI’s Radeon X1900-Series
by Anton Shilov
[ 01/24/2006 | 11:50 PM ]
In a bid to compete with its arch-rival ATI Technologies in the high-end segment, Nvidia Corp. said it would introduce a new high-performance graphics processing unit (GPU) family as early as in March, 2006. While technical details of the part are unclear the claim itself means that the company is confident in its roadmap.
Taiwanese web-site DigiTimes reported citing Paul Sun, general manager of Nvidia Taiwan that the leading designer of GPUs is “scheduled to introduce a new GPU series to target the high-end segment in early March”. The representative for the company declined to go into details regarding the product and its specifications, but earlier it was expected that Nvidia would try to unleash a new GPU to compete against ATI’s Radeon X1900-series products.
It is unclear when Mr. Sun did his comment, but it was published on the day when ATI Technologies introduced its Radeon X1900-series graphics processors, which, according to analysts and test results, outperforms Nvidia’s flagship GeForce 7800 family of products in loads of benchmarks.
The fresh code-named G71 graphics processor and what is claimed to be the GeForce 7900-series product lineup are expected to be officially announced during CeBIT show that is held in Hannover, Germany from March 9th to March 15th, according to information published earlier. The high-end GeForce 7900 GTX is projected to feature 32 pixel processors, operate in the range of 700MHz – 750MHz and come equipped with 1600MHz – 1800MHz GDDR3 memory.
Some observers doubted that Nvidia would truly release its new GeForce 7900-series products during the CeBIT show, as the event would steal a lot of attention away from Nvidia’s new top-of-the-range offerings. Furthermore, journalists may not be able to cover the newcomer properly, as leading web-sites in Europe, a huge market for high-end graphics cards, send editors to cover the world’s largest technology exhibition.