OCZ wants in on R600

Written by Tim Smalley

March 16, 2007 // 9:57 p.m.

Tags: #amd #ati #certification #certified #crossfire #nvidia #ocz #r600 #radeon #relationship #sli

In a discussion with representatives from OCZ Technology, the company revealed that it has plans to launch at least one graphics card based on AMD's upcoming R600 graphics processor.

Earlier this year, the company re-entered the graphics market with a GeForce 8800 GTX that's backed up with a lifetime warranty.

We asked OCZ's reps if the company had any exclusivity deals in place with Nvidia as a result of its GeForce 8800 GTX launch.

The spokesperson was quick to state that it has no exclusivity deals in place and that the company also has a very strong working relationship with ATI (and now AMD), mainly thanks to the CrossFire certification programme on some of its memory modules.

OCZ hopes to make full use of this relationship in order to start shipping products based on the eagerly anticipated and somewhat delayed R600 GPU.

We think there's a very high chance of this happening, as OCZ's relationship with Nvidia (before its re-entry into the graphics market) was largely based on its SLI certified memory modules.

In related news, we managed to get a sneak peek at an almost final working version of a card based on R600 on another stand at the show. We weren't allowed to take photos, and I'm fairly sure that we weren't even supposed to see it (based on the fact there were 'no press' signs all over the place). However, we can say that it's looking like the retail card will be considerably smaller than the prototype pictured earlier in the month.

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