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    News - AMD Radeon 6000-series GPUs expected to hit retail in November

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    Re: News - AMD Radeon 6000-series GPUs expected to hit retail in November

    It's been on the cards for a while, assuming the rumour mill wasn't completely off track. It'll be interesting to see if the 68XX series will have a bigger die than the 58XX series or if it is just an improved architecture within the same size/power budget.

    Presumably this will also be accompanied by a price reduction in the 5 series too.

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    Re: News - AMD Radeon 6000-series GPUs expected to hit retail in November

    Quote Originally Posted by GheeTsar View Post
    Presumably this will also be accompanied by a price reduction in the 5 series too.
    With my 4870X2 on the blink, a reduction on the 5-series would be very gratefully received

    With Nvidia still releasing there 400 series card's I can imagine there would be a temptation to kick back and relax for a while (or at least there would be for me ). So it's good to see AMD pushing forward with there plans. I wonder what Nvidia's response to this will be? Given how the 400-series have, imho, not done as well as some may have hoped, I'm guessing they aren't in a position to rush in another series and will just have to fall behind AMD.

    I assume the 68XX series wouldn't be tied in with a DX12 release? I've actually yet to experience DX11

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    Re: News - AMD Radeon 6000-series GPUs expected to hit retail in November

    Quote Originally Posted by GheeTsar View Post
    Presumably this will also be accompanied by a price reduction in the 5 series too.
    That's exactly what the rumours are suggesting, which is fine by me. A 5850 under £200 would be amazing value.

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    Re: News - AMD Radeon 6000-series GPUs expected to hit retail in November

    They can afford to reduce 5000 series prices, it's only lack of competition that's kept them so high. I will be very interested to see what changes they've made to the 6000 series - I'd expect some optimisation of shaders to improve performance, maybe some tweaks like individual shader clocks too.

    The rest might be engineering tweaks to work around yield issues at TSMC, keeping the power draw down and helping out with supply issues.

    Kirano, correct, 6000 is all DX11.

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    Re: News - AMD Radeon 6000-series GPUs expected to hit retail in November

    Price reduction - *drool*

    That's great, but i can't help feeling that the software is going to end up lagging behind the hardware.
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    Re: News - AMD Radeon 6000-series GPUs expected to hit retail in November

    Quote Originally Posted by cameronlite View Post
    i can't help feeling that the software is going to end up lagging behind the hardware.
    I wouldn't necessarily view that as being a bad thing; I'd rather know my graphics card is barely reaching it's full potential and is thus prepared for future advances in software, than know the game (which is what I think when I hear the word software ) I'm playing is barely reaching it's full potential and that a long wait and an expensive upgrade is required before it does (Crysis anyone? )

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    Re: News - AMD Radeon 6000-series GPUs expected to hit retail in November

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    They can afford to reduce 5000 series prices, it's only lack of competition that's kept them so high. I will be very interested to see what changes they've made to the 6000 series - I'd expect some optimisation of shaders to improve performance, maybe some tweaks like individual shader clocks too.

    The rest might be engineering tweaks to work around yield issues at TSMC, keeping the power draw down and helping out with supply issues.

    Kirano, correct, 6000 is all DX11.
    The shaders have not been changed. You may see clock speed increases but not much more. Its the rest of the chip that's changed - the memory controllers, ROPs etc.
    Southern islands was not originally planned at all. Then TSMC messed things up for them so they took northern islands memory controller and attached it to evergreen shaders.
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    Re: News - AMD Radeon 6000-series GPUs expected to hit retail in November

    If they can keep performance going up (even mildly) with power consumption coming down (mildly but particularly in 2D and at idle) I'll be cheering!

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    Re: News - AMD Radeon 6000-series GPUs expected to hit retail in November

    With luck though this will mean that the 5000 series should see a good price reduction as people will want to keep up with the jones and have the latest model number. if the 5000 series does drop then it maybe a good reason to upgrade my 4870 that being said the 4870 still gives me great performance in the games I currently play.

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    Re: News - AMD Radeon 6000-series GPUs expected to hit retail in November

    Quote Originally Posted by badass View Post
    The shaders have not been changed. You may see clock speed increases but not much more. Its the rest of the chip that's changed - the memory controllers, ROPs etc.
    Southern islands was not originally planned at all. Then TSMC messed things up for them so they took northern islands memory controller and attached it to evergreen shaders.
    Not even a 4890 style tweak to them?

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    Re: News - AMD Radeon 6000-series GPUs expected to hit retail in November

    It will have to be something special to make me upgrade my 5850

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    Re: News - AMD Radeon 6000-series GPUs expected to hit retail in November

    Quote Originally Posted by dfour View Post
    It will have to be something special to make me upgrade my 5850
    Same here, nothing is pushing my 5850 so an upgrade isn't needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfour View Post
    It will have to be something special to make me upgrade my 5850
    Quote Originally Posted by Percy1983 View Post
    Same here, nothing is pushing my 5850 so an upgrade isn't needed.
    Yeah, those that have already upgraded to the 5xxx series will probably wait for the 7xxx, but those still happy with their 4xxx series will probably be tempted in by this.

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    Re: News - AMD Radeon 6000-series GPUs expected to hit retail in November

    Quote Originally Posted by matty-hodgson View Post
    Yeah, those that have already upgraded to the 5xxx series will probably wait for the 7xxx, but those still happy with their 4xxx series will probably be tempted in by this.
    Depends on the games. Right now I'm waiting for something to actually push the 4000 series - it seems all the best games are actually getting easier on graphics cards rather than harder (Starcraft 2, Dragon Age). Torchlight 2 and Diablo 3 will probably be fairly easy on them, TDU2 should be more than manageable.. so it kind of depends if I want to upgrade the graphics just for Crysis 2

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    Re: News - AMD Radeon 6000-series GPUs expected to hit retail in November

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    TDU2 should be more than manageable
    Sorry to go off topic - but sad news on TDU2 - it's been pushed back into next year according to a report on joystiq.

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