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ATI Announces New Mobile GPUs
By Dave Salvator

Canadian GPU maker ATI announced today that two new mobile PCI-Express Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) are going to address the thin/light notebook segment, as well as the high-end gaming laptop market. Additionally, the company hinted at coming video features that will leverage technologies developed by ATI for the consumer electronics (CE) market. These video-specific features currently are in some Sony HDTVs.


Today’s announcement includes two new GPUs. The first is the Mobility Radeon X800, a 12-pipe R423-based architecture that’s intended to power high-end “SUV” gaming laptops. As of today’s announcement, the X800 cannot be ordered yet, but will be available for purchase in December, according to ATI. Clock speeds for the X800 will be 400MHz for the GPU core, and the memory clock will be 400MHz as well. We got an initial look at the X800 in our preview of the GeForce 6800 Go, and it was impressive out of the gate. In particular, its geometry processing performance appears to be well ahead of the GeForce 6800 Go. Also announced today was the four-pipe Mobility Radeon X300. It is designed to replace the Mobility Radeon 9200, offering twice as many pixel pipes and DX9-class functionality.

Missing from the new lineup is an eight-pipe PCI-Express GPU, which presumably would be a mobile variant of the Radeon X700. However, ATI made no announcement about that particular part, though it’s not too much of a stretch to say ATI will likely be bringing such a part to market.

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