Originally Posted by RussianGrimmReaper
Let me clear up a little confusion first off.
R600 had 320SPs, 16 TMUs and was limited to GDDR4 and GDDR3.
R700 has 800SPs, 40 TMUs and is limited to GDDR3, and GDDR5.
Mostly similar, but all those extra SPs need to be put to work! The only thing that will help that is drivers, which ATI has always been poor when releasing cards initially.
No confusion, at least not on my part... Like I said, the uarchs are very similar and are all about scalability. Look at the ratio of SP:TMUs if you don't believe or understand what I'm trying to say:
320:16 -> 20:1
800:40 -> 20:1
You would think that the drivers themselves would need minor tweaking when jumping from R600 -> R700; I've said in prior posts that I would love to buy a 4870 if it delivers in terms of performance(gaming), I also don't want to wait half a year for competent drivers from ATI.
Slightly OT, does anyone know the warranty policies of specific AIB partners? I know of two, and would like to know if any other partners offer 3 year warranties(I usually upgrade my family member's GPUs with my old ones when I uprade, that's why I like 3+ year warranties).
Visiontek = limited lifetime
Asus = 3 yearsEdited by MasterKromm - 6/22/08 at 10:48am