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  • numberoneoppa - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Those cards look pretty short for x800-series - interesting. Might be an optical illusion, though.

    Can't wait till ATI announces the cards so we can see the Anand review!
  • sonnygdude - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Well, if rumors are correct, the 6800 series are replacements for the 5770 rather than successors to the 5850/5870. Looking forward to information on the 6950(?) and 6970(?)! Reply
  • karlitobrigante - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    The pictures of the above 6870 show it requiring 2 power cables which they only require on their highest end cards... As a 5770 owner I would be pretty said if I couldn't upgrade to the 6000 series without getting a new power supply. Reply
  • aegisofrime - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    From what I have been hearing on the Intertubes those aren't actually x800s in the traditional sense of the number. What would have been 6770/6750 under the old system are now 6870/6850. The actual 6870/6850 would probably be called 6950/6970.

    Yes, confusing I know.
  • sonnygdude - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Aha! Beat you to it! Kneel before me! :P Reply
  • aegisofrime - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Curses! Foiled again! Pinky, we will be back tomorrow night! Reply
  • sonnygdude - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    i can't resist!

    "What are we going to do tomorrow night?"
  • aegisofrime - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Same thing we do every night Pinky. Try to be the first poster!

    But on a serious note, I rather wish AMD didn't change the numbering system. As they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
  • cwolfx2 - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    This thread made my day.. Reply
  • Stuka87 - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Yeah, I wish this comment section had a thumbs up option. Reply
  • blagishnessosity - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    yes, mine as well ^_^ Reply
  • El_Capitan - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Ah yes. Good one. :) Reply
  • numberoneoppa - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Hah, pain in the ass. Thanks guys. I can't wait for Anand to break down the architecture differences between the different 6xxx series cards. Really planning on picking something up this round. Reply
  • nomoreinfidels - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    The pictures show only one Crossfire connector on the cards, AMD isn't going to limit their flagship cards to just two way Crossfire, so I'm pretty convinced the rumours are true. Reply
  • blacklist - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    the price of the 6870 is gonna be $270 (or something around that). check compusa webpage: compusa. c o m /applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6799926&CatId=3585 Reply
  • RedShirt - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Aweeee, I was hoping NDA lifted on the 19th, but it appears that it didn't (see post time of 12:01:00 AM). Reply
  • Mr Perfect - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    I was thinking the same thing, though I don't remember who said the 19th...

    Oh well, off to read about Fallout New Vegas.
  • knutjb - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Nvidia is just getting the lower levels of their new cards out and AMD drops a couple new next gen cards before Nvidia's reviews are even cold. This can't be good for them.

    Look at all those connectors and that small package.

    Enough with the tease wheres the review!
  • Lonbjerg - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Why do people asume that the fact that "Fermi" was late, will have any influence on the timeline for NVIDIA's refresh?
    Does not compute.
  • Laitainion - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Probably because development cycles are staggered so they can recoup some of the R&D costs before hitting the market with a new product, plus while development will certainly have started on Fermi's successor many moons ago, Fermi would almost certainly have been the primary focus with any moveable resources/development teams being shifted to work on it to get it out the doors faster.

    It may not be as clear cut as Fermi = 6 months later (or however long it was) therefore successor will also be 6 months late, but if nVidia have only just finished rolling out the full Fermi line they are unlikely to have their new architecture ready to release within a reasonable time of AMD's new cards.
  • softdrinkviking - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    they wouldn't introduce a new lineup before the existing one got cold.
    nobody would buy the old cards, they would just rot on the shelves until they hit deep discount.
    not that i wouldn't love that kind of price competition, but it's not realistic.
  • knutjb - Thursday, October 21, 2010 - link

    Compute this:

    It has to do with product cycles and Nvidia WAS late from their own public release projections for Fermi.

    Nvidia released what many consider to be direct competition to AMDs 5XXX series. Now AMD is about to release a 6XXX series of cards, provided AMD delivers on improved performance, that will have a negative impact on Nvidia's profit potential on a line of cards that now might appear old to purchasers. That could pressure Nvidia to lower prices further, reducing profit potential on the very expensive Fermi.

    Also, the recent bad habit of Nvidia to change product names 8800, 9800, etc... without real product improvement might rear its ugly head again in an attempt to soften that blow.

    This isn't, for me anyway, a slamming of Nvidia, its a look at the market and who has the perceived leading products with the most bang for the buck. It wasn't that long ago that AMD was in Nvidia's position.
  • SteelCity1981 - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    I wonder how much better these gpu's will be over the Radeon 5xxx series in real world performance. I guess we will have to find out. It doesn't apper these Radeon 6xxx series will offer big performance gains but instead more of an update in certain areas to the existing Radeon 5xxx hardware much like what the Geforce 9xxx series was to the Geforce 8xxx series.

    Although these are no more then rumors at this point from what read the next big overhaul for AMD's gpu's will be the Radeon 7xxx series which will offer a new GPU microarchitecture along with DirectX 11.1 and PCI-E 3.0 support. The rumored release date for the Radeon 7xxxx series is around Q4 of 2011.
  • Goty - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    The performance gains should be quite nice and right in line with what we usually expect from generation to generation, at least if these are really the midrange replacements and the leaked benchmarks are anything to go by. Reply
  • Azfar - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    *Rubs his hands in excitement* ...cant wait :D !!! Reply
  • Kim Leo - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Well it does seem like AMD has changed the numbering a little, I think it's a good idea, it never made sense to me that x9xx was the name for dual GPU's when they simply would use two x8xx's GPU's, why not do as they do with their CPU's and slap a x2 on there?

    I look forward to the tests, but I don't expect Fermi busters just yet atleast.

    As for the Llano pictures, damn I look forward to it, I've always been a strong supporter of AMD simply because they are the smaller company and they still deliver, but have never been that attracted to their mobile CPU's but if I can get a decent performing 14" Zacate based laptop from let's say Lenovo, I think I would become a very happy camper. I currently have a T500 the model with only Intel graphics and that's my big issue with this laptop, I'm not some gamer who has to be surrounded by games, but having my laptop play an HD movie is something I can need from time to time to pass some time.
  • rootheday - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    T500 has GMA 4500 - perfectly capable of playing HD video.

    And with respect to gaming, Sandybridge and Zacate look to arrive about the same and I predict Sandybridge will have better gaming and multimedia performance.
  • Kim Leo - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    No.. Not really the GMA4500 is not strong enough, I've tried 1080P videos stored on the HDD and still it will lag, where I've tried weaker AMD laptops with HD3470 that will run them perfectly.

    Well that's all good and stuff, and you know what? The HD5800 paired with a I7 will also do better, but why are we comparing two CPU/APU's aimed at two completely different markets? Sandy Bridge doesn't have the size advantage(In other words price advantage), Sandy Bridge isn't aimed at cheap and small Laptops/Netbooks and having Intel graphics on this laptop their drivers aren't to be desired, where my desktop with ATI has never had any problems.

    And as I've already mentioned it's not about gaming if it was, I would choose neither!
  • extide - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Sandy bridge will exist in the market from top to bottom and in the mobile space. So it is a valid comparison. Reply
  • Kim Leo - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    No it's not Llano is more comparative to CULV and Atom, mostly Atom as it's an APU, it's dual core, and most likely it will be cheap. Reply
  • Voldenuit - Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - link

    I think you're confusing Llano for Bobcat here. Bobcat is the real Atom/CULV competitor. Llano is destined for mainstream dekstops and notebooks. Reply
  • Veroxious - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    My guess is between 20-30% raw performance improvement over the 5xxx series. I think the greatest gain will be a smaller hit when running high AA at 2560x1600 if the new cards sport 1.5GB of memory or more as this has been it's weak point. Also I think the 6xxxx will also take less of a hit when running in DX11 mode which is another strong point of the Fermi cards.

    Doubt that overclocking will be any better than the 5xxx series butcould run slightly cooler unless the factory clocks are higher than the 5xxx series.

    I don't know why but I still feel drawn to the GTX470........waiting for the price to drop some more.... and then relook at the Radeon 7xxx series in 2012/2013.....
  • softdrinkviking - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    based on anandtech's review of the 5870 eyefinity, in the chapter called "2GB vs. 1GB, does it really matter," they conclude that 2GB does not change a thing.


    but i would be curious to know if you found something else that contradicts those findings? (reference please)
  • Sufo - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Just got my 2nd 5850 >_< Reply
  • Simen1 - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Read the small green letters at the Zacate screen: 769686 Gflops (@ 19,0 Watt) Reply
  • numberoneoppa - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    769 TFlops? Doubt it. :P Reply
  • extide - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Looks more like 21.xxx Gflops to me (which is pretty good for a small little dual core) Reply
  • cfaalm - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    I think the heatsink looks very small. Is this 32nm+hkmg speaking? I wonder what the temperatures/cooling requirements are. Reply
  • Stuka87 - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Well the screen shows it is only 19W, so it would not require much cooling at all if it does run at that power level. Reply
  • cfaalm - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    The picture of the board is Llano, the comparison with i5 is Zacate. Isn't it? It looks like Llano runs pretty cool too. Reply
  • 7Enigma - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    So here's another card that has at least 1 external power connector on the end of the card (only saw one pic of the butt end of the cards). My dad's 5850 is on the top of the card when seated in the PCI slot. Both of these scenarios has negatives as if in a tight case the power cords can become problematic.

    Does anyone know of a PSU manufacturer that has realized the biggest issue is having to put a severe bend in the power connector and released them with 90 degree bends similar to the HDD SATA cables? That would allow for much less stress on the connector and keep the overall profile smaller/cleaner.

    And I clearly don't know anything about an NDA, but are you to tell me part of the NDA is not being able to tell us when the NDA is up?!?? That's cruel!
  • FireSnake - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Launch date is this friday:
  • jonup - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Is AMD lifting the NDA at lunch or maybe a day earlier? Is it going to be a hard lunch? Reply
  • Creig - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Actually, I believe it will be a soup and salad lunch. Reply
  • softdrinkviking - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    i'm betting on pot-luck. Reply
  • numberoneoppa - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    omg salad sounds so good right now. Reply
  • Stuka87 - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    Ahh, the comments today are full of so much win :)

    Not so sure about Korean potluck though....
  • jonup - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    ROFL! Give me a break; I meant "launch".
    p.s. Screw the soup and salad; I had some real good corn beef sandwitch for lunch.
  • Shadowmaster625 - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    I know of no such power supplies. You might find this tinyurl interesting:


    The relevant part is 10 paragraphs down. Apparently you can blame Anand for there not being any right angle molex/pciE power connectors!

    ”the only reason why it has been dismissed is because benchers - and those who regularly take out the power cables - prefer to be able to do so with ease, and having connections at a right angle would only hinder this. ”
  • Torquemeister - Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - link

    It's disappointing that tri and quad crossfire support was dropped from this product range. Reply
  • gravityarch - Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - link

    I really love the industrial tech design on'em ^^ Reply
  • Pastuch - Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - link

    I'm certain posting the physical length of the 6870 and the 6850 will not violate any NDAs...

    Ryan please tell us how long the cards are?
  • Chloiber - Thursday, October 21, 2010 - link

    6870 has the same length as 5850, 6850 is shorter - maybe about 5770.

    By the way: there are no "successors" to the 6800 series in the 5000 series. The 58xx were, in their generation, high end/enthusiast cards. The 57xx were mainstream. The performance level was completely missing in the 5000 series. That's why there is no real competition to the GTX460 for example at the moment.

    The 68xx is actually a successor to the 48xx cards. 48xx were "performance" cards.

    So, when ignoring MGPU cards we had:

    48xx: Performance
    47xx: Mainstream
    --> High End was missing!

    58xx: High-End
    57xx: Mainstream
    --> Performance was missing!

    69xx: High-End (Cayman)
    68xx: Performance (Barts)
    67xx: Mainstream (Juniper?)

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