The mainstream card is expected toward Q3 2005 and it's meant to replace X700PRO generation of cards. We are sure that it will come under the $200 price tag and will come in both PCIe and AGP interface. It's going to be built on 90 nanometre marchitecture and it will feature support for Shader model 3.0. We don't have many other specs about it at the time being. It's still too early I guess but this card is definitely a derived core from R520 marchitecture.
At the low end, entry level market we can expect to see the new boy codenamed RV515. This card will also come in both PCIe and AGP flavours and will aim to replace X300/SE and RV351 generation of cards. This is expected towards the end of Q3 and it will be built on 90 nanometre marchitecture using Shader model 3.0.
So I guess ATI is getting serious about this Shader model 3.0 and 90 nanometres. Nvidia did a great job of making a momentum for Shader model 3.0 and ATI will just jump on the bandwagon and get noisy about Shader Model 3.0 once it releases its chips.
Looks like ATI has some horses to run and that R5xx is a real re spin of it marchitecture, first time after well successful R300 core. µ
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