Next generation of ATI graphics cards due in November

Next generation of ATI graphics cards due in November

Summary: Having tasted success in wringing market share away from Nvidia in discrete graphics cards, ATI isn't resting on its laurels. In response to its rival's Fermi GPU rollout, AMD's graphics brand is readying its next generation of video cards, the Radeon 6000 series (code-named Southern Islands), for release in November.

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Having tasted success in wringing market share away from Nvidia in discrete graphics cards, ATI isn't resting on its laurels. In response to its rival's Fermi GPU rollout, AMD's graphics brand is readying its next generation of video cards, the Radeon 6000 series (code-named Southern Islands), for release in November.

According to Digitimes, the new ATI boards will be officially announced in October, with sources from graphics card vendors saying they expect those products to be available shortly thereafter. The article also suggests that the current Radeon 5000 series of cards could soon have their prices slashed in anticipation of their successors. ATI will continue using the 40nm manufacturing process for the Southern Islands chips, with a move to 28nm in the future.

Nvidia will keep the metaphorical heat up with new cards to round out its Fermi-based lineup. (Of course, AMD has already mocked the literal heat that the new Fermi cards produce in an online video.) Don't get overly excited about the launch of the Radeon 6000 cards though, as reports say that they'll provide only a minor upgrade from the Radeon 5000 series. But maybe we'll be surprised when the first benchmarking results get released.

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  • Great! That means the Macs will be updated by September 2011!

    If the cycle is maintained; we Mac Pro users are finally getting the the 5870...

    I bet the new ATi models will cost a fair bit less as well...

    Odd how a company that claims to be for graphics and multimedia is always a year SLOWER than every other computer manufacturer. :(
    HypnoToad72
    • RE: Next generation of ATI graphics cards due in November

      @HypnoToad72 : And remember when they started ro use NVIDIA cards including one that had a defect in it [they were recalled or corrected by the Windows OEMs that used them]? Apple is cutting costs by putting lesser cards in their systems.
      Gis Bun
  • RE: Next generation of ATI graphics cards due in November

    No new DirectX releases, only reason to buy one, is if you haven't upgraded yet. But, except for Crysis, there hasn't been a game out, that even pushes my old 9550 AGP. Computer game industry sucks, what kind of lame ass gets off playing Sims3? OHHH, I'm so lame, I have to play a fake life to make up for the boring one, I'm living. EA Sports, your game is weak.
    trust2112@...
  • RE: Next generation of ATI graphics cards due in November

    ATI hasn't had good (it wasn't bad) hardware, but their drivers have sucked since day one. They are a waste of money.
    talamakara
  • RE: Next generation of ATI graphics cards due in November

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