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X1950 Pro and X1650 XT in a month
, ATI will release the Radeon X1950 Pro and X1650 XT next October 17.
The X1950 Pro will use a new 80nm chip named RV570. Like the X1900 GT, it will have 36 pixel shading units, 12 ROPs but it will be higher clocked 600/700 MHz as compared to 575/600 or 512/660 for the X1900 GT. The other innovation is that the chip will natively support the CrossFire via a composting engine. A specific card or using the inefficient software CrossFire via the PCI Express will no longer be a necessity!
The RV560 will be included in the Radeon X1650 XT. This 80nm GPU will have 24 pixel shading units and 8 ROPs instead of 12 and 4 for the RV530 and RV535 of the X1600 and X1650 Pro. This additional power will finally help ATI to have an interesting product to compete with the 7600. Here again, the CrossFire will be natively supported.
Prices will vary from $200 to $250 for the X1950 Pro and from $170 to $200 for the X1650 XT.
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