AMD plans to release Radeon X1950GT

Written by Tim Smalley

January 5, 2007 | 12:25

Tags: #7900 #9 #directx #geforce #gs #pro #radeon #release #rv570 #x1950

Companies: #amd #ati

According to a report on HKEPC, AMD is readying another new DirectX 9-based Radeon X1000-series card under the guise of Radeon X1950GT.

The X1950GT will use the same 80-nanometre RV570 chip used on the company's popular Radeon X1950 Pro card that trumped NVIDIA's GeForce 7900 GS in a rather comprehensive fashion.

Radeon X1950GT will carry the same internal pipeline structure as the Radeon X1950 Pro, meaning 36 pixel shader processors, 8 vertex shaders, 12 ROPs and support for native CrossFire.

The key differences for gamers are that clock speeds have been reduced - these are believed to be set at 500MHz core and 1200MHz memory. In addition, VIVO support will be disabled too, meaning that you'll only get support for a standard selection of video out features.

Based on that information, we suggest that this new addition to the X1950 family is manufactured using RV570 GPUs that didn't pass certification for the Radeon X1950 Pro clock speeds, and is a popular way for graphics manufacturers to get rid of otherwise unusable inventory.

HKEPC also claims that the Radeon X1950GT will be launched in a similar fashion to the way that Radeon X1900GT was launched in May 2006. Only certain partners will carry the product in certain regions - there's no clear timeline on how long these restrictions will be in place, though. The other thing that is unclear is the expected retail pricing of the new part. Given that the Radeon X1950 Pro sells for around £130 including VAT, we can expect Radeon X1950GT to be sold for less than that if it shows up at UK retailers.
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