CeBIT : Retail R600XTX Pictured & Benchmarked

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We saw some R600 cards at CeBIT but any form of photography is restricted as AMD is keeping a close watch making sure nothing is leaked
outside. Nevertheless, we still managed to get some shots on the retail R600XTX
(Radeon X2900 XTX) card. Next, we got hold of some preliminary benchmarks figures of the R600 XTX card vs a GeForce 8800 GTX card.

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We saw some R600 cards at CeBIT but any form of photography is restricted as AMD is keeping a close watch making sure nothing is leaked
outside. Nevertheless, we still managed to get some shots on the retail R600XTX
(Radeon X2900 XTX) card. The frontal shot contains sensitive information so we
can’t show it here.

Just a recap of what we have told you before, R600XTX retail card is
codenamed Dragonhead 2. It is a 12-layer card at 9.5″ long with a max TDP of
240W. It is clocked at 800MHz on 80nm process technology, 512-bit memory
interface and has 1GB GDDR4 memories onboard. It has 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe
connectors but two 2×3 PCIe power can be used. Rumors surfaced over at CeBIT
that the final product may be on 65nm if it can be produced in time with
reasonable good yield. So far we have yet to get a confirmation that the first
shipping R600 cards will be on 65nm but we can’t rule out that there are
experimental R600 chips at 65nm now. If our source is right, the yield at 65nm
is poor at this point of time and expect a limited quantity of 20,000 pieces of
R600XTX by middle of April.

Next, we got hold of some preliminary benchmarks figures of the R600 XTX card with core clock at 800MHz vs a GeForce 8800 GTX card.
Using a Core 2 Extreme 2.93GHz processor on an Intel 975X board, the 3DMark06
score at 1600×1200 resolution is 97xx on the R600XTX compared to 95xx on the
8800GTX. Seems like R600XTX is running slightly faster than 8800GTX on the
early release of drivers for R600. AMD is still working hard on the drivers and there are some more performance left to unlock. However, the DX10 benchmarking war
between ATi and NVIDIA has not started yet. The targeted display driver version
for launch in May is 8.361 or later (Catalyst 7.4 or 7.5).

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