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ATI gets set to unleash RV535

Another 80 nanometres
Tue Apr 11 2006, 12:21
RV530 is how ATI codenamed its X1600 generation of Radeon. The graphics chip firm recently dropped the price of this mainstream card to $149 for X1600XT and only $109 for X1600PRO. Even with such a low prices for the cards ATI is still making the money from these cards as it has the great yields with these chips.

And to help pile the pressure on rival Nvidia, ATI decided it would not hurt to shrink the chips to 80 nanometre and make the die a little bit cooler - and roughly nineteen percent smaller than the previous one. That is the key difference between RV530 and RV535.

RV535 will again feature twelve Shader processors and probably four pixel pipes. it will support Crossfire, Avivo and HDMI interface. The chip is naturally PCIe but it could be bridged to AGP if necessary.

ATI scheduled RV535 for June production while the sample chips should be out in May already. The card is set to take the mainstream market place and to replace both X1600 and X1300 generation in this market segment. We expect to see a lot of those cards at Computex in June. µ


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