AMD: R8xx Speculation

Discussion in 'Architecture and Products' started by Shtal, Jul 19, 2008.

?

How soon will Nvidia respond with GT300 to upcoming ATI-RV870 lineup GPUs

Poll closed Oct 14, 2009.
  1. Within 1 or 2 weeks

    1 vote(s)
    0.6%
  2. Within a month

    5 vote(s)
    3.2%
  3. Within couple months

    28 vote(s)
    18.1%
  4. Very late this year

    52 vote(s)
    33.5%
  5. Not until next year

    69 vote(s)
    44.5%
  1. Neb

    Neb Iron "BEAST" Man
    Legend

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2007
    Messages:
    8,391
    Location:
    NGC2264
    Sounds like a monster + DX11 support! :D
     
  2. mczak

    Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2002
    Messages:
    2,914
    R200 (just like R100) didn't have internal TV-Out hence those cards use Rage Theatre for this (a bit overkill I guess...). Dunno why it's on the pics (or maybe the hw was there but broken).
    No idea what that HDCP block is doing there neither :). It may be possible that this really old chip could already do it in fact, in the same way newer radeons could do it - that is with an external crypto key chip which no card ever had except some late r5xx.

    I guess DC = Display Controller.

    Yes though some (quite rare) r4xx based cards used external dual-link TMDS encoder to get past that limit.

    Yeah, I'm not sure why both AMD and Nvidia skipped some features on their high-end hardware (8500/GF3) wrt display controllers which were already present on lower-end chips (radeon ve/GF2MX). Maybe because of parallel development of these chips, and since these features were not deemed absolutely necessary they just didn't make the cut.
     
    #2222 mczak, Sep 4, 2009
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 4, 2009
  3. Rangers

    Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2006
    Messages:
    11,336
    Just thought I'd post this for a lark. A fake 5870/50 "review" I made :razz:

    I used these assumptions, that 5870 would be 1.6 times as fast as 4870 per the rumor, and then that 5850 would be 83% as fast as 5870 (based on the fact 4850 was clocked 83% of 4870). And I randomly used the benchmarks from this review (I used the stock clocked cards benchmarks only).

    Also it's not particularly readable, as I've never made a graph before, and just used some online graph maker website.

    [​IMG]

    If you assume the 399/299 price points, (and pretend these benches resemble reality) 5850 is probably the more interesting card. It's an easy sell next to GTX285, as it's faster, cheaper, and DX11. However it does get some competition from the $200 4890. The main drawback of the 4890 would be that it isn't DX11, and I wonder how many people will trade that off. Of course if it turned out 5870 was 299, then all bets would be off.

    Edit, I may be lowballing 5850 too. If you assume it's 1600 shaders, and clocked conservatively at 600 mhz, then it has 41% more shader power than 4890. Yet my benchmarks it only averages ~22% faster (Of course it could be texture limited etc). So there may be upside to both these cards over these assumptions if anything I'd suspect.
     
    #2223 Rangers, Sep 4, 2009
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 4, 2009
  4. Richard

    Richard Mord's imaginary friend
    Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2004
    Messages:
    3,508
    Location:
    PT, EU
    I'm half-expecting this graph to be "leaked" for an exclusive preview any moment now.
     
  5. digitalwanderer

    digitalwanderer Dangerously Mirthful
    Legend

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2002
    Messages:
    15,632
    Location:
    Winfield, IN USA
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Glad I'm not the only one who did!

    Great chart, I look forward to seeing people fight over its veracity. :yep2:
     
  6. sc3252

    Newcomer

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2008
    Messages:
    35
    Maybe on chinese sites, but anywhere else they will see the fake review text at the top.

    Hey rangers do you think you could repost it without the fake text at the top.
    Please
    :wink:
     
  7. Ailuros

    Ailuros Epsilon plus three
    Legend Subscriber

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2002
    Messages:
    9,250
    Location:
    Chania
    1200 SPs presuppose 20 SIMD clusters which isn't all that likely. 1280 is one case scenario that still fits the 16 SIMD cluster theory and I haven't seen anywhere even a hint that 5870 has to have at any price 20% more arithmetic throughput than 5850.

    There are no reported frequency problems with 40nm just crappy yields.

    And?

    Off the mark sure if you compare slippers with tractors.


    I'm speculating myself; I'm granting you your theory. Can I have mine too not as something that's absolute but as a second possibility? If yes then we just added a bit more democracy to this rather useless debate.
     
  8. rpg.314

    Veteran

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2008
    Messages:
    4,298
    Location:
    /
    Charlie's juniper

    It has the same shader count as 4870 (according to charlie), and I dont see it having slower clocks, then why should it just equal 4870 in perf. There are no dx11 games to test it with, then why wouldn't it match in dx10 games(if not beat 4870)?
     
  9. LordEC911

    Regular

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2007
    Messages:
    772
    Location:
    'Zona
    Bandwidth limited?
    128bit w/ maybe 5ghz GDDR5 so 80GBps max, most likely it will have slower memory though.
     
  10. leoneazzurro

    Regular

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2005
    Messages:
    478
    Location:
    Rome, Italy
    I explained before why 5870 is likely to have 20% or more arithmetic throughput.


    Yields depend on defective units AND not reaching the desired frequency. There are also no reports of 40 nm parts on the market having very high clocks.

    And this could (conditional) mean that to refine a process time is needed, probably more on a process that gives problems initially than another that executed almost flawlessly .

    Not really, I find the example pertinent - it's comparing different chips , yes, but at the same process node and then we know that with a given architecture normally we have no big clock changes among chips sharing it. Yes, there could be a complete redesign of the architecture that allows higher clocks. Yes, there could be no more "RV770-style" SP. But until I see a very high 40 nm part going out in the market, I think I'll stick with the "lower clocks" guess. :smile:

    Yes, everyone has his theory, and none of them is absolute until ATI gives out the official specs. Anyway, if you look at the thread posts, you'll se that I pointed out very explicitely that " I'll bet on xxxx SP" and that "I'm making a guess". So I never intended to pose my POV as absolute, but only to discuss about pluses/minuses of each theory.
     
    #2230 leoneazzurro, Sep 4, 2009
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 4, 2009
  11. nAo

    nAo Nutella Nutellae
    Veteran

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2002
    Messages:
    4,324
    Location:
    San Francisco
    Same shader count doesn't necessarily mean same performance, architectural improvements/tweaks can go a long way.
     
  12. neliz

    neliz GIGABYTE Man
    Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2005
    Messages:
    4,904
    Location:
    In the know
    Here's what MonicaAMD had to say.

    :D
     
  13. Jawed

    Legend

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2004
    Messages:
    10,661
    Location:
    London
    Taken at face value, Juniper with 80GB/s has 56% more bandwidth than HD4770 (51.2GB/s). I would hope that Juniper's performance is close to that. Say 45% faster. Assuming HD4770 is 90% of HD4850's performance, that would make Juniper about 30% faster than HD4850, which is pretty much the same as HD4870 which is also around 30% faster than HD4850.

    But 80GB/s does seem like a stretch. Though I think it's worth noting that HD4770 is less bandwidth sensitive than I was expecting - or if you prefer it isn't as heavily bandwidth-constrained as it seems HD4850 is. Almost as if the architecture dislikes splitting its work across MCs, i.e. the less the better (which could imply a general issue, perhaps hinting why a ring bus was chosen way back?)... Or maybe there's something in RV740's design that is just better at dealing with heavy bandwidth consumers?

    Jawed
     
  14. no-X

    Veteran

    Joined:
    May 28, 2005
    Messages:
    2,140
    keritto: DC = display controller. You need as many display controllers as independent outputs. It's possible, that development of R200 began earlier than development of RV200 or RV100. Maybe it was a design decision - videophiles bought cheaper products, not the most expensive parts... Anyway, both reference boards (R8500/R8500LE) had the secondary DAC present. The last possibility is bug - R600 was said to be the most buggy design since the R200. So R200 is possibly even more buggy.
     
  15. Pressure

    Regular

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2004
    Messages:
    997
    Could we somehow agree to stop the talk about DACs and R100/R200 generation of video cards from ATi? Or at least stick it in another thread where it may have more relevance?
     
  16. no-X

    Veteran

    Joined:
    May 28, 2005
    Messages:
    2,140
    I think it's realted to the R8xx, too. The R8xx prototype boards are equipped by 2x DVI, 1x DP and 1x HDMI. Notice, that TV-out is not present. It means, that only 2 connectors are utilizable for analog output (DVI via adaptor). It could signify, that the GPU (thought Triple-Head capable) could containt 2 DACs and only the number of display controllers and TMDS controllers was increased.
     
  17. Kaotik

    Kaotik Drunk Member
    Legend

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2003
    Messages:
    6,562
    IIRC HD4870 wasn't exactly bandwidth starving, so there's "spare" membandwidth when you go down before you start doing seriously bad things to your performance?
     
  18. Sound_Card

    Regular

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2006
    Messages:
    936
    Location:
    San Antonio, TX
    Yep, seems they want the most publicity as possible. They want this all over facebook, myspace, twitter etc.
     
  19. w0mbat

    Newcomer

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2006
    Messages:
    234
    Is she talking bout september 10th?
     
  20. psolord

    Regular

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2008
    Messages:
    437
    Question to all:

    Do you think there could be a simultaneous launch of both a 5850X2 and a 5870X2 this time?

    Is there going to exist a 5850X2 in the first place? Will it be a sinlge vendor exclusive deal like Sapprire's 4850X2 or will we see versions of it from most manufacturers?
     

Share This Page

  • About Beyond3D

    Beyond3D has been around for over a decade and prides itself on being the best place on the web for in-depth, technically-driven discussion and analysis of 3D graphics hardware. If you love pixels and transistors, you've come to the right place!

    Beyond3D is proudly published by GPU Tools Ltd.
Loading...