AMD continues to rebrand existing ATI products to simplify ATI's naming convention (while at the same time making them sound better). Next for a name change are the "value oriented" Radeon X300, X550 and X600 (which are based on ATI's RV370 integrated graphics engine) products. These will be merged into a single product line - the X1050.
Same product - different name.
Some preliminary product specs:
- DirectX 9 support
- Shader Model 2.0
- Four pixel shaders and two vertex shaders
- 400 MHz core clock
- 400 MHz RAM on a 128-bit bus
The X1050 is still a value card in every sense of the wordAll this update requires on ATI's part is a BIOS update and changing the packaging and literature. Expect the X1050 to be available by the end of the month.
However, bear in mind that the X1050 cards will be based on technology that it two generations old and that doesn't support Shader Model 3.0, something which all the other X1k series cards do. But the X1050 is still a value card in every sense of the word.
I glad to see that AMD is renaming ATI products. Ever since the 9800 series it's been too difficult to figure out the difference between two ATI products. I hope that future naming schemes will be even simpler.