The cat is out of the bag, so to speak, after today's earnings conference call for AMD. One of the things that ended up being discussed by AMD CEO Dirk Meyer in today's call was the future of AMD's graphics division, where AMD's "second-generation DX11" GPUs were mentioned.

We will be launching our second-generation DX11 graphics offerings next week.

Later on, he also had the following to say about what's launching and what the expected volume is:

We'll be introducing our second-generation of DX11 technology into the market with some launch activities actually next week. We'll be shipping all the family members of that product line I'll call it, by the end of this quarter, and total volume think in terms of several hundred thousand, or hundreds of thousands of units.

No further details were given, so we'll have to see what they're up to next week.



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  • SteelCity1981 - Friday, October 15, 2010 - link

    You mean or 2560 × 1600 × 30 bit @120 Hz
    resolution not 1600p...
  • Taft12 - Friday, October 15, 2010 - link


    How do you think Ryan is able to post comprehensive benchmarks in his GPU reviews the very day the product is released?
  • Chlorus - Friday, October 15, 2010 - link

    You know, I used to think that whole "console fanboy" phenomenon was pathetic. But even that doesn't hold a candle to the threads that accompany every new GPU launch. Reply
  • ittoong - Saturday, October 16, 2010 - link

    i do think that AMD really good stuff for us
    i like to gaming
    and i already have amd phenom now :D
  • Azfar - Sunday, October 17, 2010 - link

    I mean it took *some* time and effort for both ATI and Nvidia to launch there next line of cards after their 4xxx and 2xx series cards. How could they be launching their next line cards so soon. Reply
  • Setsunayaki - Sunday, October 17, 2010 - link

    Hi everyone *waves*

    I've read all posts here, so I can comment on them. A few points

    1) Its true, one can not break the laws of physics of the limitations of the specification...However, human ingenuity is also very surprising. ATI is all about gaming cards...and they have released good products in the past. I owned a lot of them back then ^_^

    2) The great divide

    Nvidia "The way its meant to be played" is a quote that comes from the fact the industry relies a lot on Nvidia cards. The Fermi Cards were created as multi-functional cards. ATI needs to start integrating technologies together as well...

    I own both, Nvidia and ATI cards. a single 480 GTX as far as OpenCL and GPGPU performance goes actually beats out a Quad Crossfire. I've tested it and seen the results, but as far as gaming goes the performance is there on ATI and Nvidia cards...

    3) The release of OpenGL 4.1 was important because currently only Fermi cards support this. Nvidia 400 series cards are the only cards supporting this and I am hoping the 6XXX series ATI releases supports it as OpenGL is actually used by the heavy professional graphics industry and 4.1 is the first OpenGL implementation that blew Direct X 11 out of the water in many way through mass integration of technologies.

    4) The entire idea of "power saving" features.

    I don't mind power saving features when I am on the desktop doing simple things. However, I want nothing to save power when I am at a new game full screen. Nothing disrupts stability more than voltages being changed and power being scaled by processors and video cards.

    Each time there is a change in power, there is a chance of losing stability and even a chance of spiking or voltage loss.

    Ok, now that im done with these four points...I can state about what Nvidia did do for me.

    While ATI took me through many gaming tournaments into the winners circle, Nvidia really helped me with mod entries and development + graphics testing later on. It just offers tons of things...but in these last 10 years, the greatest milestone in computers in my life goes to Nvidia.

    Nvidia set me free as a gamer. ^_^.

    I used to always run windows for everything, but then I got into Linux many years ago. Windows used to be my main OS because of games. However, Nvidia Drivers have more features on Linux...while most ATI drivers are horrible on Linux (but great on Apple)

    Nvidia set me free to the point, any PC game that breaks 60 Frames Per Second on Linux + Wine + Winetricks and other measures...I bring the game over to it. The game Guild Wars, I get max performance on Windows and Linux, but Linux is more secure and even going through Wine I record LOWER PING on Shooters AND better response because Linux is built around servers and networking...

    Multiplayer Game Performance is better while Framerates are Lower on Linux on the average vs windows, but once one achieves a 60 FPS constant on any video game under the same settings, it makes no sense to run it on windows anymore.

    Thanks to Nvidia SLI technologies and drivers....On practically every major game compatible with Linux and Wine...many from 2009 and even 2010...I break 60 FPS to the point for the first time I've been able to say "I don't need windows anymore"

    Now I only power windows 7 when I want to play a newly released game with max settings and max compatibility and worry-free gaming. However the majority of my time (even when playing Civilization V, Runes of Magic, Guild Wars, Modern Warfare II, etc...I am on Linux with over 60 FPS on 1920x1080 on my hardware..:)

    The best choice I ever made in computers is to try 10+ linux builds and then get into Linux Modification and Game Optimization and Server Modding, and although its a pain in the ass, the results from it have really made it so that Nvidia + Linux has set me free...

    I get more performance on Linux using its Multimedia Programs than those found on Mac OS X and as long as I break 60 FPS in a game on Linux, I don't need windows for that title...Just windows for the Nprotect Titles..While most Linux Equivalents of Windows Software are so efficient in programming they will run on ONE CORE than being forced to run 2 - 4 cores for the very same thing on Windows.
  • hclarkjr - Sunday, October 17, 2010 - link

    if the pricing is what i am seeing at around $250 and it beats my 4870x2 i am getting one. waiting for the reviews though before i decide Reply
  • geok1ng - Sunday, October 17, 2010 - link

    $250 AND beat a 4870x2? well, you can wait for 28nm cards, but dont count on it.

    The first 6xxx cards will be 5750/5770 replacements, aimed directly to beat a 260 on price AND performance, but the cascade effect will drive prices on all cards.

    yesterday i found a geforce 270 for $280 on newegg, imagine a pair of those for $450 in 3 weeks!
  • Soldier1969 - Sunday, October 17, 2010 - link

    The ones they are releasing next week are targeting the mainstream folks that still have a 4000 series or lower end 5700 series cards from last year. The one Im waiting on is the 6790 XT that truly is a boost to the current 5870 which I use on a 30' 2560 x 1600 panel. Dont let the new naming scheme fool you the 6850,6870 are NOT the upgrade your looking for if you currently have the 5850/5870. Wait till November. Reply
  • El_Capitan - Monday, October 18, 2010 - link

    I'll wait for the expensively priced GTX 580.

    I'm guessing $620.

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