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Radeon HD 7000-series rumoured for May production

Radeon HD 7000-series rumoured for May production

The new range is rumoured to be based on the Cayman design of the HD 6970 2GB, pictured.

AMD is reportedly already preparing its next series of Radeon HD 7000-series GPUs, and planning to start mass production of the new chips in May this year.

Taiwanese tech site DigiTimes claims the move will follow the introduction of the company's Radeon HD 6670, 6570 and 6450 GPUs this month, citing graphics card makers as its source.

There's no word on the specifications of the new GPUs yet, but previous rumours have stated that they will be fabricated using TSMC's 28nm facilities.

We originally expected to see new GPUs based on TSMC’s 28nm manufacturing process in autumn this year, and the smaller transistors will represent a large step down the process scale from the current 40nm process used for AMD’s Radeon HD 6000-series and Nvidia’s latest GeForce 500-series GPUs.

The usual benefits of a process shrink are higher frequencies and more space for resources in the die. This can all be squeezed into a piece of silicon that’s the same size as the previous comparative GPU, so costs per comparable GPU (or card) usually remain similar.

Previous rumours have suggested that the new range of GPU, codenamed Southern Islands, will be based on the same architecture found in AMD's current Cayman-architecture chips, such as the Radeon HD 6900-series. This seems sensible, given AMD's claims that the VLIW4 stream processor architecture of Cayman is more efficient per mm2 of silicon than the VLIW5 design of its previous GPUs.

However, while we’d expect some upgrades in other areas of the GPU design to complement the stream processor design, it looks as though we shouldn't expect anything as radical as the original Nvidia Fermi design, which broke up the front-end of the GPU and distributed various elements throughout the design.

There may still be room for adding new stream processors to the GPU, though, especially if AMD does indeed deploy a 28nm process. There are no figures yet, of course, but given the huge process-shrink, a doubling of the stream processor count seems a conservative estimate. This could potentially result in the fastest GPUs featuring over 3,000 stream processors.

Are you excited by the rumours about the Radeon HD 7000-series, or are you going to wait until you see the reviews here before making a judgement? Let us know in the forums.

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Zurechial 15th April 2011, 16:07 Quote
As the weeks go by I find myself wondering if AMD will create some kind of simultaneous release of Bulldozer and a new series of discrete GPUs, or if the emphasis will be on the GPU capabilities of the APU when that time comes.

It'd be a hell of way to drum up hype and allow retailers to offer special AMD bundles of CPU, Mobo and GPU for the release.

This stemmed from wishful thinking that Bulldozer itself would see release in coincidence with the rumoured 7-series. :p
Xyllian 15th April 2011, 16:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Zurechial
As the weeks go by I find myself wondering if AMD will create some kind of simultaneous release of Bulldozer and a new series of discrete GPUs, or if the emphasis will be on the GPU capabilities of the APU when that time comes.

It'd be a hell of way to drum up hype and allow retailers to offer special AMD bundles of CPU, Mobo and GPU for the release.

This stemmed from wishful thinking that Bulldozer itself would see release in coincidence with the rumoured 7-series. :p

That would be pretty awesome, new bulldozer processor, new 900series chipset with built-in usb 3.0 and a pair HD7970 cards for some pretty sick performance at a nice launch price. Idea me likes.
xaser04 15th April 2011, 16:53 Quote
Possible HD6990 performance without any potential CF issues.... where do I sign?

More importantly I hope that with the launch of the HD6670 / HD6570 and HD6450 we will start to see the equivilant discrete mobile GPU's appearing in mid range laptops (preferebly 14" replacing the HD5650m - my ideal M11x replacement).
Parge 15th April 2011, 16:55 Quote
A single GPU 7970 with 3000 stream processes would simply destroy anything on the market now - especially if it launched at 6970 pricing (circa £310)
runadumb 15th April 2011, 16:57 Quote
While I look forward to new high-end cards I'm also very interested in the lower end of the scale. PC gaming needs those £100-and under cards that perform well, are single slot and don't require addition power. I have 2 mates that have jumped to consoles the last year as they find themselves priced out of the market with their poxy dell BTX cases.

The sooner we get a repeat of something like the 8800GT the better.
Doctor Hades 15th April 2011, 17:06 Quote
Same architecture, higher clock speeds, more stream processors, smaller fabrication... I think the cards will show a much bigger a leap in performance than the HD 5870 to HD 6970 did myself but I doubt it'll be astounding nevertheless.

I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Could be a nice card and the high end single GPU will undoubtedly be faster than the NVIDIA GTX 580 but AMD are going to have to improve those, IMO, lacklustre drivers significantly if they want my money. Proper per-game profiles a la NVIDIA would be nice too.
HourBeforeDawn 15th April 2011, 17:13 Quote
wouldnt that be fantastic if AMD was able to do a double wammy and have bulldozer and Radeon 7 serious come out at the same time to stump the competition, that would help the market immensely and well would be pretty neat to see.
l3v1ck 15th April 2011, 17:14 Quote
I hope that means Nvidia will be switching to 28nm soon too. After all they both use TSMC to manufacture their chips.
A nice bit of competition is just what we need to keep going.
Tangster 15th April 2011, 17:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Parge
A single GPU 7970 with 3000 stream processes would simply destroy anything on the market now - especially if it launched at 6970 pricing (circa £310)

It'd probably be 3000 stream processors and a 20-30% overclock from the previous generation as well.
dunx 15th April 2011, 17:21 Quote
How many ppd inMW@Home ?

dunx
kylew 15th April 2011, 17:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Doctor Hades
Same architecture, higher clock speeds, more stream processors, smaller fabrication... I think the cards will show a much bigger a leap in performance than the HD 5870 to HD 6970 did myself but I doubt it'll be astounding nevertheless.
Really? Come on, the performance "increase" between a 5870 and a 6970 was awful, the lowest we've ever seen between "generations" when it comes to AMD/ATi graphics. Of course going to 28nm will be a massive performance increase, realistically they didn't have much to work with while still on 40nm.

I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Quote:

Could be a nice card and the high end single GPU will undoubtedly be faster than the NVIDIA GTX 580 but AMD are going to have to improve those, IMO, lacklustre drivers significantly if they want my money. Proper per-game profiles a la NVIDIA would be nice too.

*groan* this AMD driver myth is incredibly boring. You say this as if nVidia don't have driver problems, whereas AMD do, and no, anecdotal evidence isn't valid either "Well I had problems with my AMD card, but my nVidia one was fine, AMD drivers suck" isn't valid.

I find it really hard to understand why people keep propagating this myth as if it's true, it's never aluded to in any sort of "professional" capacity, review websites don't mention it, they seem to get on fine with AMD and nVidia drivers equally well, yet there's people on forums pretending AMD drivers never ever work, ever.

Another thing, people need to learn the difference between what a driver is, and what a control panel is, I understand completely people preferring a control panel, like the way (when using SLS/multiple monitors) nVidia's let you choose, in pixels how much bezel compensation you want to use, whereas with AMD you've got to mess around with the stupid on screen triangles and a straight edge, I know how many pixels equate to the size of my bezels, just give me the option to set that! However, that's not a "driver problem" as some people might suggest, and if people learnt the difference, maybe we'd see less people making such claims.
kylew 15th April 2011, 17:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tangster
It'd probably be 3000 stream processors and a 20-30% overclock from the previous generation as well.


28nm will probably be the start of us regularly seeing 1Ghz GPUs as standard with the upper end cards. It seems completely plausible considering the clock speeds of the current top end cards.
kylew 15th April 2011, 17:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by l3v1ck
I hope that means Nvidia will be switching to 28nm soon too. After all they both use TSMC to manufacture their chips.
A nice bit of competition is just what we need to keep going.

Rumor has it that AMD are moving over to Global Foundries. I'm not sure if nVidia would be allowed to, or even allow themselves to really, even if it was for the better (as TSMC is junk and they need to sort their crap out).
Zaim 15th April 2011, 17:36 Quote
Cool, bring on HD 7990 :P
REMF 15th April 2011, 17:36 Quote
2048 shaders as a minimum.
Acanuck 15th April 2011, 17:47 Quote
What happened to the 32nm of the 5770? I thought that was the next step.
Going from 40nm to 28nm should have some excellent results!
kylew 15th April 2011, 17:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Acanuck
What happened to the 32nm of the 5770? I thought that was the next step.
Going from 40nm to 28nm should have some excellent results!

TSMC screwed 32nm up.
Malfrex 15th April 2011, 18:13 Quote
I'm surprised no one had mentioned the fact the new dies being pushed out might not be the rumored 7000 series but might actually be the chipset for the Wii 2/Super Wii/Wii 128/Wiiii/*insert another name* that is being rumored to be announced at E3 this year. I'm all for improved PC graphics, but I'm sure AMD/ATI would still want to hold onto that market as Nintendo made them a buttload of money since the Wii came out. Also with the requirements for HD video playback and other "general" non-gaming applications I could see them also pushing new APUs for pico systems for home media boxes with passive cooling.
Ross1 15th April 2011, 18:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by kylew

*groan* this AMD driver myth is incredibly boring.

MYTH????

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1559534&highlight=uvd

The fix for that particular UVD powerplay issue is to.... flash your vbios. I know, I had to do it myself. Sorry, but its a pretty big black mark against ATI.
kylew 15th April 2011, 18:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ross1
MYTH????

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1559534&highlight=uvd

The fix for that particular UVD powerplay issue is to.... flash your vbios. I know, I had to do it myself. Sorry, but its a pretty big black mark against ATI.

Yes, because people act like AMD have driver issues, while saying "nVidia just works" which is not true. I didn't say AMD don't have driver issues, "AMD's driver don't work" myth is what I'm talking about, they're just as good, or bad as nVidia's. Remember nVidia's driver that killed off old cards suspiciously close to the Fermi release?

I have the cursor corruption bug, and have done for ages, it's annoying but I'm not gonna pretend that AMD on the whole have crap drivers that most users suffer with.
l3v1ck 15th April 2011, 21:38 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by kylew
Rumor has it that AMD are moving over to Global Foundries. I'm not sure if nVidia would be allowed to, or even allow themselves to really, even if it was for the better (as TSMC is junk and they need to sort their crap out).
Maybe, but not for this chip if the rumors are true. That means there's no reason why Nvidia can't jump on the 28nm bandwagon at the same time.
Kroy 15th April 2011, 22:37 Quote
If it happens for once, that I'm about to order my new build just AFTER the next-gen of gfx cards is announced, I'll be happy. for about a month. until the next, next-gen of gfx cards is announced.... still it would make a change.
wafflesomd 15th April 2011, 22:38 Quote
When these things are released, you'll be able to run the pc gaming library at 200fps instead of 100fps.

So much power, nothing really using it.
thehippoz 15th April 2011, 23:15 Quote
the shrink we've been waiting for
TWeaK 15th April 2011, 23:27 Quote
Sounds like someone at AMD wants people to be ready for BF3!
Ice Maiden 15th April 2011, 23:28 Quote
Any clue as to how much these babys will be priced?
adidan 15th April 2011, 23:36 Quote
Yay, maybe I'll have an excuse to upgrade my trusty 4870x2. :)

It'll be difficult to let go though...
Farfalho 15th April 2011, 23:53 Quote
All I care about is if Bulldozer will homage its name upon release and if the HD7000 range shows an exponential improvements comparing to the HD6000. Until then, I only want 2 HD6950 modded to 6970 and kick some ass :D but money won't let me have them =(
Nature 16th April 2011, 00:51 Quote
hmmm almost back 9800pro... I hope they use the shrink to make a 512 bit memory interface... Even a single GPU card as big as a 6990.. No ring bus, a real 512.
Action_Parsnip 16th April 2011, 01:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Parge
A single GPU 7970 with 3000 stream processes would simply destroy anything on the market now - especially if it launched at 6970 pricing (circa £310)

Mmmm I dont think they would want to go over 350 square mm die size for the next product. Cayman is really too large for them, I think they were just pushed into a corner due to 32nm getting scrapped.

If Cayman has 24 simd blocks, then I would say that the top ATI 28nm gpu would have 40 blocks. I think 48, an exact doubling, would be to far for them.

Better questioin is will nvidia go for another very large flagship gpu??

GT200 -> gf100 -> gf110 -> gf???
l3v1ck 16th April 2011, 03:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wafflesomd
When these things are released, you'll be able to run the pc gaming library at 200fps instead of 100fps.

So much power, nothing really using it.
Only if you buy one of the high end chips. You could buy a mid/lower end one that has the same speed as current chips, but uses a lot less power at the wall and runs cooler/quieter.
fingerbob69 16th April 2011, 03:23 Quote
GF110 is a fixed GF100.

Caymen is a forced evolution of the HD5xxx chip given that it, Caymen, was meant to be on 32nm. TY TMSC!

However, the switch in Caymen from 5 to 4VILW was done with 32/28nm (and beyond?) in mind. As you get smaller you have to get more power efficient. Which is why Fermi won't shrink!

Now let's talk drivers. If you take an out-of the-box-GTX590 and OC it/overvault it, using the provided on disc drivers, your nVidia flagship card goes 'BOOM'. Nice!

It is curious that BIT-TECH have yet to provide ANY information regarding the OC capabilities regarding nVidia's new "king of Cards". Why? The 6990 was reviewed on the 08.03.2011 ...oc'ing inc..
The 590 was revieved 24.03.2011 ...oc capabilities? Still pending!
HumanSmoke 16th April 2011, 08:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by fingerbob69
However, the switch in Caymen from 5 to 4VILW was done
I think you'll find it's VLIW
Quote:
Originally Posted by fingerbob69
Now let's talk drivers. If you take an out-of the-box-GTX590 and OC it/overvault it, using the provided on disc drivers, your nVidia flagship card goes 'BOOM'. Nice!
Mmmm...so if you take the card out of factory spec, bad things can happen. Cheers for the heads-up. Must be a similar scenario to what HD48xx owners experience (myself included) either at stock or when overclocking and inadvertantly roasting the VITEC/VRM/PULSE
Quote:
Originally Posted by fingerbob69
It is curious that BIT-TECH have yet to provide ANY information regarding the OC capabilities regarding nVidia's new "king of Cards". Why? The 6990 was reviewed on the 08.03.2011 ...oc'ing inc..
The 590 was revieved 24.03.2011 ...oc capabilities? Still pending!
Desperately seeking duallie love?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XRhne0odjJA

Maybe we can get back to the subject of the 28nm process now.
leexgx 16th April 2011, 12:21 Quote
still say ATI have more issues with there drivers or More the CAT software then Nvidia do considering there are far more Nvidia systems out there just from 10 ATI higher end video cards (3850 agp - 5750 - 6850) i have played with all have had issues with games (broken textures for 3-6 months before fix, BF BC2) or like yesterday doing an update to the currant driver made an BSOD happen, it did update the driver thought when windows booted back up (ATI please load the new driver on reboot not inside windows as it tends to fail not very nicely when it unloads and then loads the new driver),

also do not know if they have Fixed the issues with noisey VRMs on the ATI side the noise they make is completely unacceptable (not sure if it was an 5850 or 6850), that alone is what would defernatly stop my from ever buying an ATI card as that noise was louder then the whole system every time i moved the mouse never mind when an game was running

590 was only blowing up due to drivers that should of not been used + stupid OC at the same time that an norm user of an 590 would not do (you would not use the drivers provided on the cd any way), OC the 590 is bit harder as hardocp has found out the oc mite be stable but the OVP will kill the overclock performance
Bindibadgi 16th April 2011, 12:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Acanuck
What happened to the 32nm of the 5770? I thought that was the next step.
Going from 40nm to 28nm should have some excellent results!

28nm is a half node of 32nm, as is 40nm of 45nm. My guess is both companies will be aiming for the Nvidia GF11x tweak of the mix between high and low leak transistors in their cores.

The launch schedule of NV and AMD is entirely dependent on TSMC. It had a whole load of trouble with its 40nm and 32nm, so I would not expect 28nm to be early given recent history and the fact TSMC are doing High-k MG and Gate Last for the first time. Unless, that is, TSMC make a phenomenally lucky breakthrough I would doubt it.

To put it in perspective, Intel is already on its 3rd gen of both and its CPUs use HALF the transistors of current GPUs...

Also, even if AMD has experience at 32nm with GloFo, it won't help, because GloFo is only using SOI and Gate First still, so the Fab tech is completely different.
delsinboy 16th April 2011, 14:04 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by wafflesomd
When these things are released, you'll be able to run the pc gaming library at 200fps instead of 100fps.

So much power, nothing really using it.

couldn't agree more
nell 16th April 2011, 17:02 Quote
would this 7 series gpu be better suited to pc-e 3.0
rollo 16th April 2011, 17:29 Quote
Amd driver issues are well known fact you don't see a 590 issues page on forums do you

But let's have a look for amd

5970 needs a full bios refresh To even work

5870 in crossfire was great perfromance when it worked ( I had it )

580 sli alot easier to live with in terms of driver issues and stability
thehippoz 16th April 2011, 20:56 Quote
you just see them blowing up
amagriva 17th April 2011, 11:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by leexgx
still say ATI have more issues with there drivers or More the CAT software then Nvidia do considering there are far more Nvidia systems out there just from 10 ATI higher end video cards (3850 agp - 5750 - 6850) i have played with all have had issues with games (broken textures for 3-6 months before fix, BF BC2) or like yesterday doing an update to the currant driver made an BSOD happen, it did update the driver thought when windows booted back up (ATI please load the new driver on reboot not inside windows as it tends to fail not very nicely when it unloads and then loads the new driver),

also do not know if they have Fixed the issues with noisey VRMs on the ATI side the noise they make is completely unacceptable (not sure if it was an 5850 or 6850), that alone is what would defernatly stop my from ever buying an ATI card as that noise was louder then the whole system every time i moved the mouse never mind when an game was running

590 was only blowing up due to drivers that should of not been used + stupid OC at the same time that an norm user of an 590 would not do (you would not use the drivers provided on the cd any way), OC the 590 is bit harder as hardocp has found out the oc mite be stable but the OVP will kill the overclock performance

I think you have grammar issues...
Picarro 17th April 2011, 12:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by amagriva
I think you have grammar issues...

That's just low. Get some balls and find some good arguments to counter his arguments. Not just "I think you have grammar issues...".
Woollster00 17th April 2011, 13:13 Quote
Quote:



*groan* this AMD driver myth is incredibly boring. You say this as if nVidia don't have driver problems, whereas AMD do, and no, anecdotal evidence isn't valid either "Well I had problems with my AMD card, but my nVidia one was fine, AMD drivers suck" isn't valid.

I find it really hard to understand why people keep propagating this myth as if it's true, it's never aluded to in any sort of "professional" capacity, review websites don't mention it, they seem to get on fine with AMD and nVidia drivers equally well, yet there's people on forums pretending AMD drivers never ever work, ever.

Yes i have been an ati fan had a 3870 4870 5770 and not a single driver problem and good value powerful cards which are quiet and efficient and then i buy my first nvidia card since the gt 8800 the gtx 470 and wow driver problems everywhere games crashing programs not responding overheating artifacting Rmad within 3 months noisy so yeah this arguement is just ridiculous anyone who says ati have driver problems are stupid nvidia fan boys and have never owned an ati card or have only owned like a 2000 series card and based all future judgements upon this.
Star*Dagger 17th April 2011, 15:02 Quote
AMD is so far ahead of nVidia they have lapped them, and are about to lap them twice.

nvidias last great card was the 8800gtx and that thing was ages ago.
AMD pulled ahead with the 4870x2 and has not once lost the performance lead, and has in fact given us new tech like eyefinity that has moved screen size forward (3x30 inches is the new sweet spot for gamers)

I sincerely hope that nVidia can do something to be competitive again, I hate to see one company so completely dominate.

Yours in 3 screen of 30 inches Plasma,
Star*Dagger
flipman 17th April 2011, 19:37 Quote
Nice 28nm finaly new start to some good GPU's on the way :)

Star*Dagger sorry but we are in 2011, you must have slept a few years because you have no idea in technology of GPU's and you don't read enough reviews so dont try writing about stuff you dont know yet and the competition between AMD and Nvidia are close and it all depends mostly what game you want to play and what range card you have in your rig!!
kylew 17th April 2011, 23:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by rollo
Amd driver issues are well known fact you don't see a 590 issues page on forums do you

But let's have a look for amd

5970 needs a full bios refresh To even work

5870 in crossfire was great perfromance when it worked ( I had it )

580 sli alot easier to live with in terms of driver issues and stability

Really, how many more people have an AMD card than a 590? As if the 590s are selling in any meaningful numbers, however, let's not pretend there's not threads about the 590 issues. You're the type of person who will go in to a new AMD driver release thread, and start trash talking about how AMD drivers are crap and don't work, but with nVidia, there's never problems, it just works, then when there's a new nVidia driver thread, you go in and blab about how happy you are that these new drivers are out because *problem* has been doing your head in for weeks.

580 SLi might be a lot easier to "live with" in your opinion or experience, but neither of those make up a picture that is representative of AMD drivers as a whole.

What do you say to people when they tell you they've had nVidia driver problems? "It's okay, it's just a temporary glitch, they'll sort it out very quickly" *cough*overheating cards dying caused by drivers, windows Vista release*cough*
kylew 18th April 2011, 00:02 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by flipman
Nice 28nm finaly new start to some good GPU's on the way :)

Star*Dagger sorry but we are in 2011, you must have slept a few years because you have no idea in technology of GPU's and you don't read enough reviews so dont try writing about stuff you dont know yet and the competition between AMD and Nvidia are close and it all depends mostly what game you want to play and what range card you have in your rig!!

It depends on where you read, nVidia are struggling, their prices are bad, either for us, or for them, pretty much constantly. Their current top end cards are likely losing them money, their cards are overly hot, and draw a lot of power (again, depending on where you read, as some places like to pretend otherwise).

But yeah, nVidia aren't competing that well, their top end card is overprice and underperforms for its price, the GTX560 competes with the GTX 570, the GTX590 is broken and largely pointless since it doesn't take the performance crown while being more expensive (and its performance is being lowered in even more in later drivers to try and smooth over a hardware problem).

nVidia are a joke currently, they're a shadow of what they used to be, their CEO is a liabetic, they just fall out of his mouth and they need to kick him out because he's bringing them down. They're running on arrogance and not much more at the moment.
Xir 18th April 2011, 12:54 Quote
Well let's hope so.
the 6970 is slightly below par of the GTX570, which means the much cheaper GTX560ti comes too close for comfort.
They definitely need a speedboost if they want to keep prices up.
fingerbob69 18th April 2011, 14:28 Quote
Part of the benefit of going from 40m to 28nm is that the 'same' chip is smaller ...less silicon used and therefore cheaper to make/sell/buy.

The alternative course would be to make the same sized chip as prior but with more performance/shaders etc. This cost the same to make/sell/buy.

And remember there should have been a 32nm step between the two. So the jump down (two steps not just one) to 28nm is going to look quite impressive.
wuyanxu 18th April 2011, 14:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by kylew

But yeah, nVidia aren't competing that well, their top end card is overprice and underperforms for its price, the GTX560 competes with the GTX 570

the 580 are selling like relatively hot cakes. it's not overpriced nor underperforming, it's the fastest single GPU you can buy! with vastly superior minimal FPS across the board to any competitor GPU.

560 compete with 570 in the same way 6950 competes with 6970. but both more expensive cards can always be overclocked further. it's like saying a tuned Escort is as fast as a stock Skyline. :(



i doubt their 7000 said to be produced in this story will be high-end, will probably be a cheaper 6870 successor based on Cayman architecture, a straight dieshrink. but this "production" could mean producing for silicon testing for all we know.
GaMEChld 4th May 2011, 06:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by rollo

5970 needs a full bios refresh To even work

Huh? I got my 5970 at launch. Didn't have any issues with it, neither bios nor drivers. Funny I didn't even hear of some critical problem regarding that card until your post.
Torin 8th May 2011, 20:04 Quote
Really excited as always been AMD fan every pc made been amd/ati and this pc coming to year old so time upgrade be nice move straight into some finished polished hardware in 4months hopefully Bulldozer and HD7k big steps towards Intels Giant "Goliath"
adidan 23rd May 2011, 22:57 Quote
I take it the May release date was more rumour than reality or is there any news?
TheStockBroker 23rd May 2011, 23:03 Quote
It was May for production iirc, release is a whole different ball-game.

TSB
confusis 23rd May 2011, 23:22 Quote
Can't wait :) Here's hoping for a bulldozer/HD7* launch on the same day :)

Oh driver issues? Only issue I had with ATI/AMD drivers was the older gen,l was struggling to get dual screen working(HD4850). My GTS450.. latest driver update halved my FPS in gaming and prevented me from folding on it at all.. Had to roll back drivers.
Bindibadgi 24th May 2011, 03:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by adidan
I take it the May release date was more rumour than reality

;)
adidan 24th May 2011, 09:05 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheStockBroker
It was May for production iirc, release is a whole different ball-game.
Very good point.

It's been very quiet though.

Bindi: Tell me what you know! You obviously know something Asusboy! :D
OCJunkie 31st May 2011, 20:45 Quote
I'm all for a simultaneous HD7xxx Bulldozer release, but rumors of BD being delayed mght totally screw this up. If that's the case they might be better off just releasing the GPUs whenever they're ready, and then double whammy when BD is finally good to go.
jinxed_07 8th June 2011, 22:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by runadumb
While I look forward to new high-end cards I'm also very interested in the lower end of the scale. PC gaming needs those £100-and under cards that perform well, are single slot and don't require addition power. I have 2 mates that have jumped to consoles the last year as they find themselves priced out of the market with their poxy dell BTX cases.

The sooner we get a repeat of something like the 8800GT the better.

There's no point in creating more "low-end" card, old(er) VGA's that were once mid/high end *are* today's low end GPU's.
nrk112 23rd August 2011, 05:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by rollo
Amd driver issues are well known fact you don't see a 590 issues page on forums do you

But let's have a look for amd

5970 needs a full bios refresh To even work

5870 in crossfire was great perfromance when it worked ( I had it )

580 sli alot easier to live with in terms of driver issues and stability

whoops...
http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/27/nvidia-drivers-responsible-for-nearly-30-of-vista-crashes-in-20/
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