The chip does have 107 million transistors, as we reported earlier, and also comes in a .15 micron form factor.
But the company refused to reveal how hot it is, or its die size, although a lighter next to the chip, which is under the fan, gives a fair idea of what's going on.
Officials refused to reveal many details of the GPU except to say that we will see boards using the R300 come September, and ran demonstrations using the product which reveal its reality.
A marketing representative claimed that if he told us how hot it was, we'd figure out everything about it. He gives us more credit for that than we're due, although .15 micron, 107 million transistors, and the pic above, does indicate something to us...
Due to a tube strike here in London, we were unable to post the information earlier, but more details will follow later today.
This is a picture of a card with the massive chip, which officials assured us runs cooler than you'd expect, in a system from Evesham Micro, a British company. The blurry nature is because part of the case was cut away.
ATI also showed the sparse collection of journos many cards using its RV250 technology. It also had a very brief little video of John Carmack saying that the properties of the R300 seemed good to him.
In fact, it appears that our original story posted from Computex 2002 last month was astoundingly accurate. For some reason, that came as no surprise to the INQUIRER.
As we said then, one problem is that the R300, or the 9700 as ATI infuriatingly has decided to call it, does use DirectX 9.0. The firm even had a video of a Microsoft guy who confirmed our earlier stories that Microsoft's software wouldn't be ready until October at the earliest.
Further, the chip has support from Apple, Fujitsu Siemens, and a heap of other players in the market and ATI claims it can bang out data at an astounding 20GBps, if our notes are to be believed.
As well as Microsoft DX9, OpenGL FP is also supported. As we said, the firm refused to give us too many details about the nature of the graphics processor, but we'll have more details of the press conference at the Imagination Gallery in Store Street, later today.
As we've said before, the cards need the kind of power supply a floppy drive might utilise.
Time Computers was demonstrating one of its AMD boxes, presumably with an RV250 inside.
Our graphics editor, Fuad Abazovic, was also there at the launch, and no doubt he'll have more to say about all of this ATI stuff later. µ
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