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We've seen various graphics cards whilst walking around the COMPUTEX halls today, ranging right up to the likes of NVIDIA's GeForce 9800 GX2 and AMD's Radeon HD 3870 X2. Those, however, haven't managed to pique our interest.

What we really want to see at one of the world's largest technology shows, is next-gen offerings from both NVIDIA and AMD, namely the GeForce GTX 200 series and the Radeon HD 4000 series.

To our excitement, however, it appears that GIGABYTE has the aforementioned products hiding somewhere in its line-up. Whilst rummaging around the GIGABYTE stand, we managed to snap these exclusive images of graphics-card placeholders:



If GIGABYTE's placeholders are correct, and we have no reason to believe that they aren't, AMD's next-gen offerings aren't the quantum leap we'd hoped for. Both cards are said to provide 512MiB of GDDR3 memory, not the GDDR5 that AMD had promised. Though, these could, of course, be only mid-range derivatives.




The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 200 series placeholders are more revealing, providing stream processor counts and memory pathway widths. For example, the GTX 260 (pictured above) will be equipped with a 896MiB frame buffer connected to a GPU via a 448-bit pathway.

If we assume NVIDIA's partners use 2GHz-rated GDDR3, as we've seen on current 9 series SKUs, the lowest specified GTX 200 series card, will have a theoretical memory bandwidth of 112GiB/s.

The high-end GTX 280, almost doubles the current stream processor count of the single-GPU 9800 GX2 by providing 240. The efficiency of the stream processors isn't disclosed, but previous reports indicate an improvement.

It's possible that GIGABYTE just happens to have the placeholders, but can't yet show the products. On the other hand, it could mean that it has the cards in hand. Either way, we'll be paying another visit to the GIGABYTE stand tomorrow.
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A 3950???
Edited by Slappa - 6/2/08 at 3:21pm
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post #2 of 27
you posted the 4850 info card twice. as for the 3950, hell if i know what it is.
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whoopsy

AMD already stated that the 4xxx series would have GDDR3 to start with and would migrate to GDDR5 with later releases. I think the fella writing the article should do some homework. Nice find Slappa
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512 bit FTW
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No 3950, they just didn't show the GDDR5 models. The 4850 GDDR5 isn't slated to be released until AFTER the GDDR3 models, and the 4870 is set to have GDDR5 as a standard on it. They may not have put the cards out to keep the GDDR5 a mystery for now, but who knows.
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you posted the 4850 info card twice. as for the 3950, hell if i know what it is.
Thanks for pointing that out. Fixed.
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Both cards are said to provide 512MiB of GDDR3 memory, not the GDDR5 that AMD had promised.
The original author of the article is incompetent. (Hexus writer - Parm Mann)
AMD never promised GDDR5 for 4850, only for 4870, but people just look through the statements and think they understand everything.
Edited by metala - 6/2/08 at 3:55pm
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Originally Posted by metala View Post
The original author of the article is incompetent. (Hexus writer - Parm Mann)
AMD never promised GDDR5 for 4850, only for 4870, but people just look through the statements and think they understand everything.
lol

More info is good I guess.
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Originally Posted by metala View Post
The original author of the article is incompetent. (Hexus writer - Parm Mann)
AMD never promised GDDR5 for 4850, only for 4870, but people just look through the statements and think they understand everything.
and that would be how a lot of the flame wars happen. Sad but true.

The article talking about the GDDR5 was only a 2-3 weeks old. I'd think the writer would have looked it up or atleast got some facts before hand. Either way it's always nice to see "secret shot" of new hardware on the way.
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hmm but 3950? mabye a even more downclocked Hd 4850?
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