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Possible AMD 6970 benchmarks leak out.

I’m not trying to say the fresh off the line AMD 6850 and 6870 are “poor”. But the honest to goodness truth is that those are mere “mid-range” cards. The real shiny jewel of glory is the 6970. This is the card that is destined to replace the current top of the line, single-GPU 5870.

On that note, a Chinese site by the name of claims to have some early 6970 hardware in-house, with preliminary benchmarks already completed.

  • 3D Mark: 23,499 in Performance mode
  • Uningine Heaven: 36.6fps @ 1,920 x 1,200 w/ 4x anti-aliasing and 16x anisotropic filtering.

Not too shabby. For comparison’s sake, the outgoing 5870 scored 19,337 and 17.3 fps respectively, while Nvidia’s hulking king, the GTX 480 managed 21,106 and 29.5fps. Clearly, AMD has gotten something right.

Just remember, these aren’t official nor even confirmed as “real” 6970 benchmarks. But we can only hope…

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AMD 6850 and 6870 officially named, sit down for some camera time.

Hmmm, fresh, shiny graphics cards. The 68xx-series is hardly a surprise. We’ve known about them and seen them several times before already. Alienbabeltech has gotten their hands on a slew of review units and is currently putting them through their paces. Once the embargo is lifted, we’ll finally get to see what AMD’s been hard at work on over the last year. Speaking of which, these are the first GPU’s from AMD’s ATI brand that will feature AMD branding. As you may recall, AMD put the official kibosh on the ATI brand many weeks back. They’re going for a more unified front. Hey, whatever floats their boat, right?

All I know is the holiday season is going to be mighty interesting with the cards AMD has on tap. Anyone holding out for some new AMD silicon? On that note, we have a date to look forward to: October 22nd. Check out a couple more pics waiting inside…
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AMD’s upcoming 68xx cards get benchmarked.

If you’re holding out for one of AMD’s upcoming 68xx series cards, you may want to hold off just a bit longer. Chinese site claims to have the hardware in-house, meaning benchmarks are readily available. I’m sad to announce that initially, performance is pretty underwhelming — the high-end 6870 is 10% less powerful than the outgoing 5870 according to 3d Mark ’06:

  • ATI 5830: 14014
  • AMD 6850: 14872
  • ATI 5850: 15593
  • AMD 6870: 16270
  • ATI 5870: 17924
  • Nvidia GTX 480: 18376

Oddly enough, even though the upcoming cards are more powerful from a spec sheet standpoint, there real-world performance is suffering. I’m going to go out on a hopeful limb and chalk this up to the typical ATI/AMD driver (read: they suck), and hope that by the time these cards are officially released, the driver kinks are ironed out.

As it stands now (and assuming these are legit benchmarks), are you a bit disappointed, or did you expect this — seeing as how the 68xx is more of a minor refresh? Nvidia’s sitting pretty nicely right now I’d say.
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“Official press shots” of AMD 6870 leaked!

Not more than a month ago we saw some early shots that claimed to be the upcoming AMD 6870. Even before that however, leaked screenshots of some early AMD 6870 benchmarks moistened our whistles, preparing us for the visual candy that was to follow a couple of days later. Building on that are some new leaked images of the “official” AMD 6870 that show largely the same picture we saw not more than a month ago. Although, this time the cards a tad darker in appearance, looking more true to their retail form.

What’s interesting is that these Barts Pro-powered (sorry folks, we’ll have to keep waiting for Cayman) cards have a slew of ports: 2 DVI, 1 HDMI, and 2 mini-DisplayPorts. What isn’t known, however, is just how many monitors a single 6870 can actually drive. With 5 ports, any commoner would see an opportunity for 5 monitors. But such isn’t the way the world of computer hardware works. My current ATI 5850 has 4 ports on the back, but can only run 2 monitors at once if no adapter is used.

Now that these more or less official press images are trickling out, it really shouldn’t be too much longer until we see some actual hardware in store and in hand. I’m getting pretty excited to see AMD’s response to Nvidia’s 4xx cards and how they perform — and this with Barts Pro-powered hardware. Cayman-powered cards should provide even more power and efficiency. Will you wait or upgrade right away?

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Leaked AMD 67xx series documents show great things in store…

‘Tis that time of year again — Graphics card maker (among other things) AMD is set to unleash a flurry of new GPU hardware to lead us into the winter months and holiday season. For over a year now, their 58xx series in particular has been doing phenomenally well thanks to the ever-sinking prices and lower heatput-per-watt when compared to Nvidia’s finest. However, Nvidia’s latest update did turn up the heat (literally) on AMD once a few driver updates came out. Now, AMD’s 58xx series aren’t so speedy anymore.

Introducing, the AMD 67xx series graphics cards based off of the “Barts” 40-nm architecture. If this “mid-range” fodder isn’t to your liking, calm down. There’s plenty to glean off this new information. Namely, the 67xx cards are actually quite close in performance (on paper anyway) to the current top-of-the-line 58xx series cards. So we can all assume that the upcoming 68xx series cards will be a rather large step up — more-so than some people believed would come from this “minor” update.

Cayman/68xx series cards shouldn’t follow too far behind their more moderately paced siblings. Anyone getting excited for new AMD GPU’s? Larger shot after the jump…

**Due remember, these aren’t final stats. As such, things could change before the official launch.
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You can now get your ATI/AMD graphics cards updates through Steam!

Good news for Steam users powered by ATI/AMD graphics cards: You can now get your Catalyst driver updates through Steam itself. That’s right. No more having to navigate to AMD’s website to download stuff. Of course, doing so in the first place isn’t exactly rocket science nor is it difficult. Still, having drivers downloads consolidated to a portal that you already visit several times per week is pretty handy you have to admit. Anyone given it a shot yet — likes/dislikes?

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AMD Announces FirePro v9800 business class graphics cards.

If rendering the world in the fastest time possible is the sole goal of your existence, AMD has something they would like to show you — the FirePro 9800. An obvious step up from the old king, the 8800, the 9800 is a counter to the latest business class offerings from Nvidia, namely the Quadro 5000 and 6000 cards. Most notably, Nvidia’s latest cards are faster than AMD’s good ‘ol 8800. As such, they couldn’t let the competitor trample all over them in the benchmark arena.

Constant who’s-who bragging over who has the faster card aside, what story do the actual specs tell? You be the judge: Built with the Cypress GPU, 1600 stream processors, 147.2 GB/s memory bandwidth, larger 4GB memory buffer, and more DisplayPort connections -6. All of that can be you or your companies property for a cool $3,499. Woah! More than twice the price than the old v8800. Let’s hope the upcoming benchmark results justify the substantial price increase. Keep checking back with HotHardware for the goods…

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AMD 6300 and 6870 images leaked!

AMD’s 5xxx series of graphics cards made their debut in the 2nd half of 2009. Since then, they’ve completely padded their GPU lineup from top to bottom. Nvidia, meanwhile, took a while to match their DirectX11 offering with that of their own. And when they did, they were overpriced for the rather slight difference in performance as well as putting off copious amounts of heat. Prices have dropped, however, making Nvidia’s DirectX11 cards worth another look. Not to mention, Nvidia has hit a sweet price-to-performance balance with the GTX 460 cards. In SLI, these cards are pretty awesome and can keep up with CrossFireX’d 5850′s and 5870′s — impressive for sure!

How will AMD respond? We already know the 6xxx series is due out in some form before 2010 rolls into 2011. With that said, Chiphell has leaked several pictures claimed to be the upcoming 6300 and 6870 AMD GPU’s. Spec-wise we don’t have anything to chew on. But at this point I’m more than wiling to simply oogle and drool. Hop in for a few more shots…

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Red vs. Green is no more: AMD kills ATI brand. New hardware to carry AMD name.

Well this is certainly a surprising thing to wake up to on a Monday morning…

The iconic, old as dirt battle between the Red Camp (ATI) and Green Camp (Nvidia) is no more. The move is sure to ruffle a few feathers. I myself am a bit peeved being an ATI-fan myself. Though in the grander scheme of things, I can see AMD’s point of view — with the upcoming Fusion chips being a hybrid of CPU and GPU, a unified brand is overall better for the public image.

Still, even taking that into account, it’s worth highlighting that no self respecting gamer is going to use integrated or “hybrid graphics”. They’re going to drop $100-$600 on a stand alone graphics card because that’s what gets the job done at the end of the day.

On that note, previously released products with the ATI moniker will remain as they are. However, new products from here on out will be “AMD” branded (ex: AMD Eyefinity). Furthermore, some good news was confirmed with this change. AMD has stated that new hardware due for release this fall will be the first hardware to take on the new Camp Green…II branding.

Through it all, the really sad part is that there won’t be any more Red vs. Green battles — AMD’s main color palette is comprised of green itself. A sad day for ATI fanboys indeed…
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ATI 6870 benchmark leaked? 3D Vantage Score: X11963

Well isn’t this a nice little surprise for a Friday morning — ATI’s upcoming hardware gets the names and benchmark leak. On the naming front, “Cayman, Blackcomb, Barts, Whistler, Onega, Turks, Seymour and Caicos” look to be the tag names for the upcoming Northern Southern Islands hardware. Remember, Southern Islands is going to be a more mild refresh than originally planned because of ATI’s manufacturers skipping ahead to a smaller chip die ahead of ATI’s own schedule.

But if a leaked 3D Vantage benchmark turns out to be legit, Northern Islands and the 6xxx series cards are going to be pretty sweet. Take a gander at the X11963 3D Vantage benchmark. To put that in perspective, an Nvidia GTX 480 gets right around 10,000-ish and an ATI 5870 9000-ish. Clearly, there’s a visible improvement in performance.

For now, however, there isn’t any real weight behind this benchmark save for a few references withing GPU-Z that match up with card numbers in the latest ATI 10.8a driver release. Further adding to the skepticism, the effective GDDR5 memory speed is shown to be 6.4GHz — pretty freakin’ high. Either this card is a beast from the factory, this test sample is overclocked (then why leave core speed at 850?), or it’s fake.

As we all know, Photoshop is quite the tool these days. Many things can be faked. With that said, my fingers are crossed that such performance is indeed a real possibility with the upcoming 6xxx series.

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ATI 6xxx cards coming this November, announcement in October?

The never ending evolution of electronics is both invigorating and maddening. We all know how good it feels to hold, caress, and flog the latest and greatest gadgets. At the same time, a few weeks later something bigger, better, and faster comes along, making you and your not so new gadget feel old and irrelevant. This November, ATI intends to do just that to 5xxx owners. That is, if reports from DigiTimes are correct. Supposedly, we’ll see a pretty drastic cut in 5xxx series hardware followed by an announcement of new 6xxx “Southern Island” GPU’s in October, with an official launch sometime in November.

At one point, ATI’s next gen hardware was up in the air as ATI originally planned on using a 32nm process for the silicon. But when ATI’s manufacturer of GPU hardware, TSMC, moved from 40nm directly to a 28nm process, ATI shuffled around plans and decided to stay put at 40nm for their next gen cards.

Speculation this is, fact it is not. The PC enthusiast in me, however, will cling to every ounce of optimism running through me. Hopefully the likely increase in processing power and stagnant downsizing operations won’t mean an “Nvidia effect” (read: lots of heat) spreading across the 6xxx series hardware. Time will tell soon enough.

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