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AMD Shows Off DirectX 11 GPU

AMD Shows Off DirectX 11 GPU

One of AMD's next generation Direct X 11 products on a (rare) TSMC wafer of 40nm GPUs. There was no indication what product this was though.

COMPUTEX 2009: Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President of AMD today announced its upcoming DirectX 11 GPU that will arrive with Windows 7. Working with TSMC, it will be based on the current 40nm process, and Dr. John Wei, Senior Director of Advanced Technology Marketing, produced a full 40nm ATI DX11 wafer for all to see. There was no indication whether this was the elusive RV870 or another, as yet unannounced product. Shots taken at the event show it gave its codename as "Evergreen."

Rick laughed, taking away the wafer to stop us hacks taking photos and saying that he needed to take the wafer to make DX11 products - whether a joke or the sad truth, we're not actually sure considering the yield of TSMC 40nm parts.

Next, AMD showed off the DirectX 11 SDK which includes support for tessellation – a technique ATI has supported in its hardware since its Radeon HD 2900 XT (R600) GPU. In addition, DX11 includes new HDR compression technologies, computer shaders for graphics and general computing and better multithreading support for CPUs. In a blog post, AMD's Richard Huddy, said that tessellation and other improvements in DX11 will mean higher framerates than seen previously.

At the Computex event, AMD was specifically keen to push tessellation technology and show how it dynamically increases the polygon count with specific hardware inside the GPU, meanwhile without impacting on performance. With DirectX 11, having had hardware support for tessellation for years, AMD finally can have its day on the PC and should be in good stead with over 4-5 years of tessellation development.

DirectX 11 also brings compute shader 5.0 to the table, and Rick explained that software like Folding@Home (specifically mentioned) will benefit from having a uniform base to code for; a subtle jab at Nvidia’s CUDA no doubt.

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Aracos 4th June 2009, 06:06 Quote
Any info on price yet? Think they're gonna release the 5 series like the 4 series and do a 5850 @ £130? If so I might wait and get one if they're pretty good.
Timmy_the_tortoise 4th June 2009, 09:12 Quote
Does Tessellation have anything to do with AF?

What is it, exactly?
Denis_iii 4th June 2009, 10:43 Quote
a whole 5 months away :(
Skiddywinks 4th June 2009, 14:51 Quote
Finally, with tesselation now an official part of DX11, we might actually see some use out of the damn thing. Although I suppose the fact that ATI has supported it for a while, even if it hasn't been used, can only be a strong advantage for ATI. Very glad they didn't drop it when no one used it.

With nVidia making the move to MIMO and ATI having a great headstart with tesselation, the next generation of cards from each is shaping up to be very interesting.
Elton 5th June 2009, 04:53 Quote
Does anyone ever wish that ATI move back to their old naming scheme?

With the XTX'es, XTs, and GTOs?

At any rate, I can see ATI getting the upper hand, and then see Nvidia Complaining, sooo...it'll be like DX10 ALL over again.
gavomatic57 5th June 2009, 08:25 Quote
I see Nvidia releasing a DX11 part when there is some point to it. With all of two games supporting 10.1 (Clear Sky and probably one other), it was clearly a waste of time. There are more games & applications supporting PhysX/CUDA hardware accelleration than 10.1 and it is not as if Physx has been a roaring success either.
Skiddywinks 5th June 2009, 15:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Elton
Does anyone ever wish that ATI move back to their old naming scheme?

With the XTX'es, XTs, and GTOs?

At any rate, I can see ATI getting the upper hand, and then see Nvidia Complaining, sooo...it'll be like DX10 ALL over again.


Maybe upper hand with tesselation, but we have yet to see how it performs, and also have no idea how well nVidia's shift to MIMO will go. Either way, I wouldn't be calling it any time soon.
thehippoz 5th June 2009, 16:59 Quote
how come when I see amd.. I always think of that guy in bloodsport- the one at the bar who says- I show you trick or 2 american ***hole XD
nicae 5th June 2009, 17:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Elton
Does anyone ever wish that ATI move back to their old naming scheme?

With the XTX'es, XTs, and GTOs?

I prefer the new scheme. It's more straightforward.

Before, we had XTX, XT, Pro, Pro SE, no suffix, GTO, AIW, and I remember thinking once that the Pro was beter than the XT.
Hey, it was Pro!! :\
perplekks45 6th June 2009, 00:44 Quote
You would've been right with nVidia where XT was inferior to... almost everything IIRC. :)
Ending Credits 6th June 2009, 10:10 Quote
Well what 4xxx series cards do they have?

4350, 4550, 4650, 4670, 4730, 4770, 4830, 4850, 4870, 4890

They could have probably named the 4890 an XGTOPWNZORZ version but w/e.
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