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ATi RV870 to be the smallest DirectX 11 GPU

Posted on Wednesday, June 03 2009 @ 14:27:57 CEST by


Bright Side of News reports ATI will have the smallest DirectX 11 GPUs. The company's upcoming Evergreen (RV870) will measure just 180 square millimeters, while NVIDIA's GT300 is expected to take up 500 square millimeters and Intel's Larrabee could be as big as 600 square millimeters.
Dr Wei gave a 40nm wafer containing Evergreen chip to Rick, giving an excellent opportunity for everyone to get a good look at tomorrows' DirectX 11 processor. From what we can analyze, Evergreen's die size is around 180 to 200mm2. This puts the GPU as the smallest of its DirectX 11 brethren, as the Intel's Larrabee high-end part die is sized around 600mm2. Intel will produce smaller chips as the Larrabee line-up expands, but according to roadmaps that we saw - AMD will launch a new architecture at 28nm before Larrabee hits 32nm with its smaller parts.

nVidia's GT300 comes at around 500mm2, meaning even if a single "GTX380" card is able to beat ATi's Goblin [Dual GPU, the "5870X2"], it will still take at least 100mm2 more silicon. This puts AMD in quite an advantageous position.



 



 

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