Here you can find all of the information about AMD. This includes their CPU’s, as well as their GPU’s built by ATI and the related software like the Stream SDK. In addition, we have information regarding CrossFire and EyeFinity hardware systems.
Jon Peddie’s latest AIB Report is out and reveals that the fourth-quarter ended down a bit lower than expected, shipping slightly fewer units than Q3. NVidia showed some strong growth, shipping more units and growing their market share, while AMD took a beating in both respects.
Overall shipments of graphics AIBs for the year, 2010 came in lower than the recession year 2009 at 72.8 million units compared to 75.3 million for 2009 – a disappointing result given the enthusiastic start of the year. Shipments in Q4 2010 did not exceed Q3 as expected. Nvidia increased its shipments by 4.1% from Q3, while AMD declined -4.8% for the same period.
And in terms of market share, market leader Nvidia increased its share by 3.6% from Q3, while AMD’s market share declined -5.2% for the same period. On a year-to-year basis AMD increased its market share by 12.6% while Nvidia lost 6.2% of market share. The AIB market is fueled at the high-end by the gamer, small in volume (~3m a year) but high in dollars (average spend for an AIB ~$300.) The volume comes from the mainstream. And GPU-compute is adding to sales on the high end. The workstation market is about the same size as the gamer, but much it is characterized by higher average selling prices (ASPs).
They attribute the lower figures to the growth of the IGP thanks to AMD Fusion and Intel’s Clarkstown, and the growth of laptops and tablets which can’t make use of addin cards.
I would love to see these figures revised to include AMD’s Fusion card, and see if that pushes AMD higher than NVidia. I doubt it would (it’s too young), but would make for an interesting comparison to see all of AMD Graphics, all of NVidia Graphics, and all of Intel’s graphics.
AMD has posted a video demonstrating its Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), which has been code named Llano. AMD compares it against an Intel Core i7-2630QM, which is based on the Sandy Bridge architecture. As one might expect, since it is an AMD demonstration, the Fusion APU beats the Intel Sandy Bridge chip. Then again, AMD does have a history of making great graphics cards through their purchase of ATI. Intel’s graphics have always been less than stellar.
SweClockers.com has posted a video of the new MSI Radeon HD 6990. It is kind of fun to listen to the video and see what words I do understand, even though I do not speak Swedish. However, thanks to Google, we can translate what they wrote:
The upcoming super-hot video card Radeon HD 6990 makes an appearance at Cebit 2011
Never mind. We already knew that. What we did not know was the GPU core speed and memory speeds. Those have been recently revealed by Hexus.net. Hexus.net says that the AMD Radeon HD 6990 will have a core speed of 800 MHz and an effective memory clock of 4.5 GHz. However, Fudzilla is reporting the 6990 will have a core speed of 830 MHz and an effective memory clock of 5.0 GHz. Perhaps the difference is that someone is wrong, or perhaps the difference is that some board makers will be selling an overclocked version of the card. Until it is released, you can treat it as rumors.
The AMD Radeon HD 6970 currently has a core speed of 880 MHz and an effective memory clock of 5.5 GHz. This makes the dual GPU AMD Radeon HD 6990 slower than the 6970, but that is to be expected since they need to limit the amount of power that it uses, as well as limit the amount of heat that it generates. Since the 6990 does have two GPUs, one could expect that it would have 3072 stream processors, 192 texture units, and 4GB of GDDR5. Of course, that is just simply doubling the specs of the 6970. The rumored release date for the 6990 is March 8th.
We have posted in the past that AMD will be coming out with the Radeon HD 6990 in the first quarter of 2011. The Radeon HD 6990, also known by the code name Antilles, will have two Cayman chips on board. Essentially this will be CrossFire on a single graphics card. [H]ard|OCP has the AMD Radeon HD 6990 in-house and played Dragon Age II.
Unfortunately, they were not able to give out any performance numbers, as in frames-per-second. But then again, that is not how [H]ard|OCP like to do things. Instead, they like to compare graphics cards at the highest playable settings. For the Radeon HD 6990 they played the game using Eyefinity set at 5760×1200, 4X Anti-aliasing, 2X anisotropic filtering, High quality in-game settings and screen space ambient occlusion. In comparison, the Radeon HD 6970 was played at 5760×1200, 2X Anti-aliasing, no anisotropic filtering, High quality in-game settings and no screen space ambient occlusion.
We cannot tell you specifications or performance experienced with the Radeon HD 6990 today. What we can tell you is that the video card works and is in complete form. We were able to use it without any issues and play Dragon Age II demo in the DX11 rendering path. There was a distinct gameplay experience difference between the Radeon HD 6970 and Radeon HD 6990 which is encouraging.
Rumor has it that this card will be available on March 8th. Rumor also has it that the dual-GPU NVIDIA GeForce 590 is expected real soon now.
Apple has just refreshed the MacBook Pro line of hardware with some impressive new offerings, dumping the previously used NVidia chips for Intel Sandy Bridge and AMD Radeon chips. Just check out what you get for $1800:
15-inch MacBook Pro – No more Core i5 options for the middle child — these two strictly get the Core i7 and AMD Radeon HD 6000M goods. The $1,799 model packs a 2.0GHz quad-core Core i7 processor, AMD Radeon HD6490M graphics with 1GB of VRAM, and a 500GB hard drive. On the higher end, there’s a $2,199 model which buys you a faster 2.2GHz Core i7 chip, AMD Radeon 6750M graphics, and 750GB hard drive. There are also 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB SSD options. Also, as far as we understand, the graphics switching will work exactly like the previous models — it automatically switches between the GPU and IGP depending on what you’re doing.
Quad Core CPU, Radeon 6490 video card, and the new Intel Light Peak technology now called Thunderbolt. I sell a few more ads (or Amazon affiliate commisions!) here on VizWorld, and I might finally upgrade my old Black MacBook.
4Gamer.net has posted pictures of the AMD Radeon 6990, which is codenamed Antilles. Matt Skynner, AMD’s Corporate VP and General Manager of its GPU division, revealed the AMD Radeon 6990 at the AMD Asia Pacific Fusion Tech Day. Inside the AMD Radeon 6990 are two Cayman GPUs. Power is supplied to the card with a 6-pin connector, and an 8-pin connector. The 6990 has a single DVI output and four mini DisplayPorts. The card is estimated to be just shy of 12 inches long. The 6990 is scheduled to ship in the first quarter of this year.
The latest video cards have been launched by AMD in an attempt to spoil the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti launch. These include the Radeon Radeon HD 6950 1GB and the Radeon HD 6870. The Radeon 6950 1 GB has 1408 unified shaders, 88 texture units, 32 Render Output Units (ROP), and a core clock of 800 MHz. It comes with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit memory bus running at 1.25 GHz.
The price for the card is expected to be $259, which you can find on this SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6950 1GB Video Card, which is very similar to the price for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti. Anandtech has posted a new review of the AMD Radeon HD 6950 1GB video card.
In practice the 1GB 6950 is just as fast as the 2GB 6950 at 1920×1200 and 1680×1050 – the essential resolutions for a $260 card. It’s only at 2560×1600 and Eyefinity resolutions that the 2GB card makes a difference with most games at this time. This is likely to change in the near future, but for the time being –and as you’ll see – there’s little disadvantage to a 1GB 6950 right now.
What is an APU? Well, the short answer is that it is an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). But what does that really mean? For AMD, it means that a low end graphics processing unit (GPU) is being combined with a traditional x86 CPU.
The real question that I have is, what will this do to NVIDIA? Since AMD is launching its APU, or Fusion line, with a GPU embedded in the CPU, and since Intel is launching Sandy Bridge with a GPU embedded in the CPU, what will NVIDIA do? On the extreme low end, which I define as under $100, I suspect the NVIDIA will lose market share to the point of becoming irrelevant. People buying low end desktops or laptops do not care (or even know) what kind of graphics card the computer has. On the low-, mid- and high-end I expect NVIDIA to still be relevant, as well as in the Quadro line. But how large is that market?
However, the Tesla line might be under some pressure in the next year or so. Imagine a high performance computer with Sandy Bridge or Fusion processors in it. Would you need, or want, to add a 200 Watt Tesla to such a system? After all, with Fusion, you get a one-to-one mapping of GPU with a CPU. We sure do live in exciting times, and it will be interesting to see how this plays out. For now, AMD and Intel are in the driver’s seat.
With Fusion technology from AMD, the PC industry will be changed forever. AMD is incorporating multi-core CPU (x86) technology, a powerful DirectX®11-capable discrete-level graphics and parallel processing engine onto a single die to create the first Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). Learn how AMD is doing that here.
TechPowerUp has a great little Christmas gift to all the ATI fans in the community: Through a simply BIOS hack, you can turn your 6950 into a 6970, enabling some of those disabled cores.
Unlocking the additional shaders is done by flashing the card with a HD 6970 BIOS. You can find a few in our VGA BIOS collection. Any of these BIOSes will work on any reference design HD 6950 card. You could use the ASUS BIOS which comes with higher clocks & Overdrive limits and enables voltage changes via SmartDoctor, or stick with one of the reference BIOSes in case you are afraid the clocks might be too high.
They have a pretty comprehensive review of the results, showing a substantial power boost at the cost of overdriving the power a bit. As an added bonus, if you ever want to go back (or accidentally hose the BIOS flash), AMD has a great new feature onboard to let you revert to the previous version!
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