AMD Promises "DirectX 10+" Graphics Chips Next Year

Advanced Micro Devices said on Thursday that even though its ATI Radeon HD 2000-series graphics chips family has experienced massive delays, the company is still positioned to deliver competitive graphics solutions to the market place. ATI, graphics product group of AMD, will concentrate on releasing "DirectX 10+" graphics chips next year as well as on improving the multi-GPU technology.

"In the enthusiast segment you can't sit still. So, we will refresh Spider [AMD's 2007 enthusiast platform – Editor] and will certainly bring quad-cores on 45nm in 2008, we will have a new enthusiast chipset and certainly we will have a new high-end GPU family as well in 2008 on the Leo platform," said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of graphics product group, at AMD's Technology Analyst Day. Unfortunately, not a lot of information is known about AMD's code-named R700 graphics product family. What was released was that the new graphics cores will support DirectX 10+ capabilities, PCI Express 2.0 interconnection, ATI Avivo HD video engine, universal video decoding (UVD), DisplayPort connector as well as ATI CrossFire multi-GPU technology.

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DirectX 10+ is the next version of DirectX 10. Also known as DirectX 10.1. Will add a few extra features to the API such as Ati's new tesselation techniques.

Try "Google"!

I have a HD2900XT 1Gb too. Its a good card, but not as good as I was hoping. Poor Anti-aliasing and high temperatures let it down.

They only just released their much delayed high-end 2900XT graphics card a couple of months ago. By releasing a statement saying "AMD will concentrate on releasing DirextX 10+ graphics chips next year" they are essentially saying: We know our previous DirectX 10 card was **** and it won't happen again.

What a kick in the teeth to the 12 or so people that actually bought a 2900XT card.

The 2900XT isn't top end, it can't compete with the GTX. ATI doesn't have the performance crown (and it doesn't have budget cards, either)- only a middle range-to-high end card.

Ledward said,
The 2900XT isn't top end, it can't compete with the GTX. ATI doesn't have the performance crown (and it doesn't have budget cards, either)- only a middle range-to-high end card.

It's their flagship product. I didn't make any (direct) reference to how it compares to the competition.

Yeah, I am disappointed to say the least. I bought a HD2900XT 1GB, and while it performs very well under all games I play, them talking about releasing another product so soon is kind of a kick in the teeth.

Kadafi said,
What a kick in the teeth to the 12 or so people that actually bought a 2900XT card.

What? In the same way nVidia talking about doing a 8900GTX would be?

dangel said,
What? In the same way nVidia talking about doing a 8900GTX would be?

If I were to guess I'd say the 8900GTX was something nVidia had around the corner that they could release had ATI delivered a killer blow. That didn't happen so they didn't bother.

NVidia will be releasing the 9800GTX in November. That means that the 8800GTX has had the performance crown for one year (I'm not counting the 8800 Ultra as knocking the GTX off the top since it was basically just an over-priced, overclocked GTX). Anyone that bought a GTX last Nov/Dec should be very happy with that return. Normally one can expect a top-of-the-range product to remain top-of-the-range for at most 6 months. Probably less.

I've been an AMD man for years now...2 days ago I ordered a Core 2 Duo 4400 to replace my Athlon 64 3200+. I just couldn't wait any longer. I ordered a 8600 GT to go with it. I'm so stoked!

Wait a moment, they haven't even got their 2000 series straightened out, and they're talking another generation of chips?

Remember Microsoft disclosed that DirectX 10/WPF post Vista RTM will have a Advanced Driver model (look it up on Microsoft site)
I suspect the release of this card will align with DirectX 10+ release and NVidia will probably release a similar card at the same time.