ATI Radeon HD 5970 Announcement Date
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+.