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Tuesday, 19 October 2010 13:35

Cayman XT and PRO are Radeon HD 6970 and HD 6950

Written by Fuad Abazovic
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Antilles dual is Radeon HD 6990, all Q4


The Cayman PRO is Radeon HD 6950, Cayman XT is Radeon HD 6970 and guess what, the Antilles dual-chip card is Radeon HD 6990. No surprises there.

AMD still sticks with its schedule to ship Radeon HD 6950, HD 6970 and HD6990 in Q4 2010 and it was confirmed one more time that Radeon HD 5700 series will continue to live into Q4 2010 and onwards.

An AMD executive from the GPU Division is the one who shared this with the world and its partners. Many won’t be surprised, but this is the first time that we got something that we can claim is official. We have decided to withold his name for his own sake as we didn't speak to him directly, we just got these latest info he talked about.

Now that we know the names we can go after the specs and performance of this beast, AMD’s biggest and hottest GPU ever. At Fudzilla, Eliot mostly cares about TDP but most of us here agree that a Porsche GT3 is a way better product than a Toyota Prius, despite its fuel consumption. We do acknowledge that the Prius has way better “TDP”.  Let it be big and hot, as long as it wins benchmarks and doesn´t cook our homes.
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-43 #1 007vsMagua 2010-10-19 14:02
So it's ok that the new AMD chips can be big and hot, a sin that the GF100 was guilty of?
 
 
+78 #2 Greg4422 2010-10-19 14:22
No, its not okay to be big an hot like Fermi.... this would be a horrible mistake for AMD to make.
 
 
+25 #3 Jigar 2010-10-19 14:23
Quoting 007vsMagua:
So it's ok that the new AMD chips can be big and hot, a sin that the GF100 was guilty of?


I am with you on this one. GF100 was beast for it's performance, but was a toaster. Let's see how this turns out.
 
 
+63 #4 AndreiD 2010-10-19 15:11
The "problem" with AMD cards is that they have higher performance per watt than the Fermi family. So the 6990 will be a beast which will eat nVidia's liver.
 
 
-52 #5 Tr0y 2010-10-19 15:14
Quoting Greg4422:
No, its not okay to be big an hot like Fermi.... this would be a horrible mistake for AMD to make.



Not "would". "Will"!

The Radeon HD 6970 WILL have a TDP of "under 300 Watt" according to ATI/AMDs marketing department.

Translate marketing speak -> real life speak: TDP = 290 Watt.

More then GeForce GTX 480.

Madness! imho.
 
 
-72 #6 Tr0y 2010-10-19 15:17
Quoting AndreiD:
The "problem" with AMD cards is that they have higher performance per watt than the Fermi family.



Why? Because you say so?

So why do most distributed computing projects use NVidia cards then?

(by the way: Performance per Watt king is the good old NVidia GT 240)
 
 
+21 #7 j1mmy 2010-10-19 15:39
More than anything, I'm curious to see the prices on these 6900's.

Sure, "performance per watt" is something to consider when selecting your new card--but how many of us are really willing to spend $500+ on a card every 12 months?

At the rate the red/green war is going, we will need to start financing our GPU purchases through a financial institution soon! :P

jk jk...but seriously...prices anyone?
 
 
+18 #8 Bl0bb3r 2010-10-19 15:46
@fudo, Don't know about you but the GT2's were always looking better to me... never-mind performing better. They're the badasses of the classical Porsche series.

@j1mmy, can't wait another 4 days for proper numbers? Also, I doubt a lot of people are buying cards every 12 months, and I doubt even less do so for top performers. But who knows, the recession seems to have spared a few rich kids here and there.

I'm kinda expecting 6900 to be hot given that it's still 40nm, but them again, AMD promises a dual-GPU card which should point out a single Cayman will not be that hot. On the other side, did we ever see a GTX480 GX2? Or will we?
 
 
+10 #9 RickyT23 2010-10-19 16:00
I think if I upgrade it will likely be a 6950. I mean in the UK the 5850 started around £220 and the 5870 was around £310. Which is 30% or so more expensive. But it wasn't 30% faster, so I get more bang for the buck from the 5850.
I wonder if the pricing ratio will be the same for 6950/6970?
 
 
+23 #10 Hyperion 2010-10-19 16:02
OMG it is capable to draw up to 300W, that doesnt mean it draws 300W.

-75W from 2.0 pci-e x16 slot
-75W from 6-pin
-150 from 8-pin
= 300W

GTX480 has 8 pin and 6 pin and does it draw 300W? NO it draws 225+-W.

I beleive cayman will draw up to 190-200W but theyll leave us some space for overclocking with additional 75W which 8pin connector gives over 6pin.

Also have you ever seen Asus Ares? Look how many power connectors does it have -> http://img.hexus.net/v2/graphics_cards/ati/asus/5970-ares/asus-ares-4gb-06-big.jpg

(thats 2x8pin + 1x6pin = 450W)
 

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