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Report: AMD Launching Radeon HD 6000 Oct. 18

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Ready for Barts?

AMD will be launching its new generation of GPUs soon enough – that much was never in question. What's been secretive is when. Reports are now coming that the official launch will happen on or around October 18.

Nordic Hardware's sources claim that AMD will be launching the Radeon HD on October 18 (or October 19, depending on time zone) with the following specifications:

Image credit: Nordic HardwareImage credit: Nordic Hardware 

The Radeon HD 6870 will supposedly be a complete reference product that vendors will simply brand themselves with flashy stickers and fierce sounding names.  On the other hand, the Radeon HD 6850 will be open for OEMs to customize their designs with layout changes and fancy cooling solutions.

Remember that this is still unofficial and AMD isn't providing any comment.

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    stm1185 , October 3, 2010 5:28 PM
    Is that chart right? Should'nt it say 6750, 6770. That cant be right.
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    ares1214 , October 3, 2010 5:32 PM
    Charts pretty fake...atleast from what i can tell. At the place they got it from, it lists the 5770 with 256 bit...if they cant get current gen specs right, how can they get future gen? Also, if 960 shaders is equivalent to or above 1440 shaders on cypress, then 1920 shaders on Cayman would be WAY too powerful. Math just doesnt add up IMO...
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    dj1001 , October 3, 2010 5:41 PM
    Chart is wrong
    should be 6750 for Barts pro
    and 6770 for Barts XT
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  • 33 Hide
    stm1185 , October 3, 2010 5:28 PM
    Is that chart right? Should'nt it say 6750, 6770. That cant be right.
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    karma831 , October 3, 2010 5:28 PM
    It would really suck if they actually do change up the naming scheme of their lineup.
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    ares1214 , October 3, 2010 5:32 PM
    Charts pretty fake...atleast from what i can tell. At the place they got it from, it lists the 5770 with 256 bit...if they cant get current gen specs right, how can they get future gen? Also, if 960 shaders is equivalent to or above 1440 shaders on cypress, then 1920 shaders on Cayman would be WAY too powerful. Math just doesnt add up IMO...
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    Nesto1000 , October 3, 2010 5:34 PM
    Dam! And I just bought me a 5770!
    I should have waited...
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    weatherdude , October 3, 2010 5:37 PM
    'Better than 5830' and 'Better than 5850' for the 6850 and 6870 respectively? Well I would certainly hope so unless AMD decided to throw their naming convention into the wind.
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    one-shot , October 3, 2010 5:37 PM
    There are too many rumors out right now. Some say October, some say November. Lets just wait and see.
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    kopetzki , October 3, 2010 5:39 PM
    the naming scheme is right, the 68xx will be comparable to the 57xx series
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    dj1001 , October 3, 2010 5:41 PM
    Chart is wrong
    should be 6750 for Barts pro
    and 6770 for Barts XT
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    sportsfanboy , October 3, 2010 5:41 PM
    I've seen this crazy naming scheme on more than one website, I think it's correct. What they were thinking when they picked the names is another story. It should be 67 series= old 57 series, 68 and so on. Really dumb.
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    HavoCnMe , October 3, 2010 5:46 PM
    Can't wait to see the benchmarks.
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    kikireeki , October 3, 2010 5:55 PM
    Yet another B.S.
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    jezzjc , October 3, 2010 6:09 PM
    they're doing what nvidia did with 9xxx series.
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    Hard Line , October 3, 2010 6:10 PM
    I agree the math doesn't add up no way the 6850 will be faster than 5850 based on those specs unless they doubled the rops ( which is unknown)
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    burnley14 , October 3, 2010 6:10 PM
    I think I'll wait for a manufacturing shrink to 30nm or so before I upgrade. I'm guessing that will be part of the next line AMD releases.
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    Travis Beane , October 3, 2010 6:14 PM
    If my understanding is right, the 6xxx series is just the next lineup of cards on a more mature 40nm fab?
    Would seem that, going for the same TDP as before, only a minimal performance increase should be expected.
    Guess I just have to sit and wait it out for the next die shrink.
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    cmcghee358 , October 3, 2010 6:21 PM
    I agree, this chart's comparison is jacked up. It doesn't make sense.
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    eklipz330 , October 3, 2010 6:35 PM
    jezzjcthey're doing what nvidia did with 9xxx series.

    no they're really not. where'd you get that information from, your grandmother?
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    ares1214 , October 3, 2010 6:46 PM
    For those who say the 6850 is inferior or whatever, thats because rumors were flying around AMD was changing the naming system up. 6750-6850, 6770-6870, 6870-6970, 6970-6990. SO keep in mind those are the 6750 and 6770 supposedly, but even considering that, math doesnt add up.
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    bv90andy , October 3, 2010 6:47 PM
    burnley14I think I'll wait for a manufacturing shrink to 30nm or so before I upgrade. I'm guessing that will be part of the next line AMD releases.

    It might take some time before they get the 30nm to the masses + current gen are really not bad, especially the 5700, I think they run pretty cool at 75*C full load and only 17W in idle. Then again, if you are able/willing to wait, it always seems prudent to just wait for the next gen for better price and maybe twice the performance. But to wait for next, next gen? You really need to have patience.
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