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ATI Radeon HD 5970 Announcement Date

Category: Video Cards, General News
Posted: 01:20PM

The Radeon HD 5970 will be the new flagship GPU coming from ATI. They have decided to drop the X2 moniker, and instead of branding their dual-GPU cards as X2 cards, they will be branded within the Radeon HD 5900 series. Officially, we know that the 5970 will be two 5870’s, but we are yet to know if there will officially be a 5950 (two 5850’s). The NDA lifts on the 16th of November, but it is not known if this will be the official date, but we can hope that it is. The specifications of the 5970 are as follows: Built on the 40 nm fabrication process, 334 mm² die size, 2154M transistors and PCI Express 2.1 X16 Interface. From various images leaked from the internet we can see that it is in fact two 5870 GPUs on a single PCB, destroying the hope of having a MCM GPU. This means that there will be two separate GPU cores clocked at 750 MHz, 2x 1600 Stream Processors, 2x 256-Bit Bus Widths (512-Bit Total), 2x Memory Sizes of 1024 MB with 1000 MHz clocks (4000 MHz effective), with support for DirectX 11 and Shader Model 5.0. Price hasn’t been announced, although due to stock shortages because of problems with TSMC and lack of competition, it could come in around $500+.

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JBags on November 10, 2009 01:30PM
this is indeed awesome :) and considering one 5870 is 'normally' $380, without shortage inflation (at least on newegg), i would not be surprised if the 5970 has a price tag closer to $650. and btw, what is the difference between PCI-E 2.0 and 2.1?? i've never heard of 2.1 before...
ScapeGoat on November 10, 2009 03:55PM
Read more about PCI-E 2.1 (and 3.0) here: http://docs.google.com/gview?a=v&q=cache%3AYeQuwNZ96gUJ%3Awww.mindshare.com%2Ffiles%2Fresources%2FMindShare_PCIe_2.1-3.0_update.pdf+pcg-e+2.1&hl=en&gl=uk
unknownuser200 on November 10, 2009 04:08PM
i wonder there source.... because wikipedia said the same thing however the person off wikipedia got his information off the fact thats when ati will be shipping there next batch of 5870s out.. no credible information..... however... i think its going to be later in the month being thats what sapphire told me... see my thread lol
Puck on November 10, 2009 05:21PM
I would expect ~$600 at launch. I got the 4870X2 on release day for $550. I doubt it will make the $500 price point, but if it did I would sell my 4870X2 for one!
tkrow21 on November 10, 2009 05:51PM
Even $600 is ridiculously cheap.
kitfit1 on November 12, 2009 12:27PM
I think we in the UK will be seeing these at £550/£600, considering that the 5870'a over here are already at £340.

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