ATI Radeon R600

R600 The Card

ATI Radeon R600

Value and energy effeciency seems quite prominent in ATI's design & Marketing with the 2400 & 2600 cards, with them only requiring 25W & 45W respectively. As well as making a All-In-One solution for surround sound gaming & multimedia.ATI are well behind nVidia in terms of the release date, but the wait may be worthwhile.

There are a few physical differences with the card. Most noticably the addition of a 8-pin power header (you can use 2x6-pin connectors if your PSU does not have a new 8-pin connector). The cooler is quite similar to previous models with the heat exhaust style system, only with an added improvement of heatpipes. Another, not so prominent difference is that there actually seems to be 2 fan headers on the card.

The ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 unleashes the awesome power of DirectX® 10 for an immersive HD gaming experience

  • Powers today’s titles and introduces newtechnology for DirectX® 10 games
  • 320 unified stream processors
  • 512-bit memory
  • HDMI and 5.1 surround audio
  • CrossFire™ scalability
  • Delivers powerful graphics performance,improved stability, and an immersive HD gaming experience for Windows Vista™
  • Shader Model 4.0 Support
  • Up to 24x Custom Filter Anti-Aliasing (CFAA) for improved quality
  • Native CrossFire™ upgradeability makes it easy to scale up graphics performance
  • 700 million transistors

The 2900XT really looks a force to be reckoned with. I guess we will see in good time, stay tuned as I'm sure we will have more info available very soon.
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16-05-2007, 14:00:16


The long awaited and hugely anticipated ATI card is finally here. We have been given access to information and media documenting ATI's first DirectX10 graphics card. The technical specifications look promising, with some features never before seen on a GPU, making these cards innovative and one of a kind.

This article is designed to run through a little bit of the technical information without confusing the hell out of you. It is a short and sweet introduction into r600 and it's architecture and is meant to cover it in an understandable way.

I've just finished my first article (with the help of Kempez) for OC3D. I hope people find it interesting and informative.

Please Discuss Quote

16-05-2007, 14:03:07

Great work mate. Nice and simple and easy to understand while getting the key points across

Hope everyone enjoys reading it Quote

16-05-2007, 15:00:09

Great article, cant wait for the review.


16-05-2007, 16:09:29

Good work on your first write up matey!

Once again I cannot wait for the view, equk.. are you doing the review too?Quote

16-05-2007, 16:32:16

No I'm doing that Quote

16-05-2007, 16:35:56

Originally Posted by name='Kempez'
No I'm doing that

Suprise suprise.. Kemp always gets his hands on the best stuff!

Good on ya mate!Quote

16-05-2007, 16:37:28

top banana!Quote

16-05-2007, 17:57:19

PP Mguire
Well written review. I enjoyed reading it.Quote

16-05-2007, 18:23:50

A good read, seems like ATI/AMD are really pushing the envelope with sound, Avivo etc.

Two things caught my eye though, at the bottom of page 4 it says.

ATI have talked about the ring-bus architecture before, but this time they've given their card 512mb to play with - a worlds first.

I think you mean 512 bits, maybe?

At the top of page 5 it says.

However if your an HTPC enthusiast you are going to have a decent discrete GPU for your audio so I see the 5.1 sound card as a pretty neat if not slightly useless addition to the 2X00 series.

Do you maybe mean discrete sound card?

I look forward to your next article. Quote

16-05-2007, 18:36:31

Yep my bad - should be bit and APU (probably just sound card is better)Quote

16-05-2007, 19:51:18

Thanks for the feedback

I think the onchip sound is good & means ATI can market it a bit better, saying it's one of a kind, while also gaining conformity for both protected content and also Windows Vista Premium Logo.

Originally Posted by name='equk'
Because the video and sound are not seperated the card conforms to the protected content output path, which also makes it compliant with Windows Vista Premium Logo requirements.
Originally Posted by name='kempez'
However if your an HTPC enthusiast you are going to have a decent discrete GPU for your audio so I see the 5.1 sound card as a pretty neat if not slightly useless addition to the 2X00 series.
Altho I agree with what kempez has said, most people do already have a dedicated soundcard, all the on-chip one means tho is you don't need loads of wires and it can connect direct to new HDMI tv's.Quote

16-05-2007, 20:04:39

Ye I get where you're going but it's not a premium audio chip which is a little disappointingQuote

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