AMD HD3800 a fizzer?
"Is the HD3800 going to be a fizzer or an absolute bargain?"
Published: 6th November 2007 | Source: The Inquirer |
AMD HD3800 pricing shock follows down-clock call
AMD's answer to the 8800 GT and revamped 8800 GTS - the HD3800 (R680), which is reportedly on track for mid November this year looks like it's going to be an absolute bargain.
Radeon HD 3850 should retail for between $149 to 179 (USD), while 3870 should be between 200 to 230. This is brilliant pricing, going way below 8800GT.
According to our source, and admittedly it should be taken with a grain of salt, AMD has run into clocking walls with a certain heatsink-fan combo. Reading between the lines of the source article it appears that AMD are having major problems with the scalability of the GPU, and subsequently, the yields may not be as healthy as AMD are making out.
If you consider the problems that AMD had with R600 and the continual delays in getting the the cards to the retail channel, there may actually be an element of truth to the rumour. Furthermore; with the significant price reduction, albeit rumour, it seems to add some weight behind the move.
AMD is touting DirectX 10.1, UVD and PowerPlay checkbox features as key features for selling the RV670 chips.
Again I guess we'll just have to wait and see...
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