X-bit Labs heard from sources close to ATI that the company has been testing the R580 since July 2005. The R580 will be launched early in 2006 and according to the sources the R580 is really fast.
Rumours that have been circulating around the Web indicated that the internally known as the R580 graphics chip supports up to 48 pixel processors, 8 or more vertex processors and work at high clock-speeds. The chip, however, is expected to have from 16 texture mapping units (TMU), less that could be expected. The product is to support Shader Model 3.0, ring-bus memory controller, GDDR4 memory type and other innovations.