In a bit of a surprise, ATI is running working R520 silicon behind closed doors at their booth here at E3.

The R520, not the GPU in the upcoming Xbox 360 but rather the next-generation PC GPU, was running in an Intel PCIe system at ATI's booth.

The system was used to demonstrate Remedy's upcoming title called Alan Wake. The game itself was quite impressive, with an incredibly large and interactive environment, as well as some of the most impressive weather effects we'd ever seen.

Alan Wake is designed for the next-generation consoles (e.g. Xbox 360 and PS3), and thus wasn't running perfectly smoothly on the R520 but performance was quite respectable.

We aren't expecting to see the official R520 launch until later this year and not at Computex, based on information we've been hearing from Taiwan.

The fact that there is working R520 silicon at this point is important, as NVIDIA is sure to be talking quite a bit about their GF70 GPU at the show.

Unfortunately cameras weren't allowed in the Alan Wake demo room, so we couldn't capture the impressive demo or shots of the board running in the system.

We also received word that Prey, another title using the Doom 3 engine, may have also been running on R520 silicon.



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  • Denial - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - link


    If you would have taken your head out of Ananad's ass for 5 seconds you would have seen the mention of DAILY ARTICLE, not weekly. Show's over, you can can go back to eating ass now.

    Did they not used to post Event: Day 1, Event: Day 2? They did, and it was much better being able to sit down and read an article for 10 - 15 minutes once a day, rather than come back a few times to read a few paragraphs.

    It's just an opinion on something totally meaningless. Get over it you losers.
  • finbarqs - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - link

    R520 > R500? you know something i've noticed is that the R500 for the xbox360 has lower fill rate. What does this translate to? X360 < X850XT PE? Reply
  • overclockingoodness - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - link

    I agree. I think AnandTech was trying to be the first to post this news, since they are too looking for scoops. I like the bits. They can be written up really quickly for all of us to read and enjoy. :) Reply
  • Regs - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - link

    I got one important piece of information from this article. The game would not run perfectly smooth on the R520 yet ran good for the next generation consoles.

    Does this mean the consoles will remain a year head when they are released?
  • theprodigalrebel - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - link

    if there weren't these tiny bits and you had a big article a week later, you would say, "This news is over a week old already" Reply
  • Kalessian - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - link

    Bits rule. Reply
  • Ged - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - link

    "Did this really require an article? Save these bits of news up for one large daily article like you used to do."

    I appreciate the bits. If you don't want the bits, don't read them.
  • Shinei - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - link

    So R520 isn't vaporware? This next generation of graphics cards could get VERY interesting--G70 is roughly 2.5x the performance of a single NV40, and R520 may actually be seen in greater numbers than one card per hemisphere... Reply
  • Denial - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - link

    Did this really require an article? Save these bits of news up for one large daily article like you used to do. Reply
  • RadeonGuy - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - link

    no pics makes me a sad panda Reply

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