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  • smitty3268
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    The midrange part is due out in Q4, so maybe a couple months. I doubt it will be fanless, though. Low end cards based on r800 are scheduled for Q1 2010.

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  • Ex-Cyber
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    Originally posted by whizse View Post
    Heh, one review listed "low power consumption" as a pro, I guess it depends on what you're comparing with
    I'm comparing with the rating of my power supply, the consumption of the rest of my system, and my expectations for fan noise. The idle efficiency improvements are impressive, but I just don't think that a "high-end" card is a reasonable choice for this box. Ideally I'd like to get a fanless card, but more realistically I'm hoping for "mid-range" or "mainstream performance" or whatever they're calling it, with power under load in the neighborhood of 100W and a single-slot form factor.

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  • rbmorse
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    You mean there's something good?

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  • Joe Sixpack
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    It may not be popular, but I don't really care because it's the honest truth...

    Have you even read the last few phoronix.com summaries for Linux Catalyst releases? They're less about actually news and reporting, and more about negative slanting ans fanning the flames. Absolutely no mention of what's added and what's fixed - just a bunch of complaining about Xvba when truthfully most non-experts don't even know what the hell it is. No balance whatsoever.

    With the lack of journalistic integrity we've seen as of late in regards to AMD/ATI, I would suspect this would be the last website to get a tech preview. I mean seriously, in the end you'll only highlight the bad and gloss over everything that's good.

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  • monraaf
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    Apparently they cut 2d power consumption in half.

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/vid...0_7.html#sect0

    The high power consumption of high-end graphics cards when idle or just doing 2d is one of the main reasons I don't have one. If this card is as good under Linux as in the xbitlabs review I might actually buy one.

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  • whizse
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    Heh, one review listed "low power consumption" as a pro, I guess it depends on what you're comparing with

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  • Ex-Cyber
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    Speaking of waiting, is it going to be another quarter or so before I can get an R8xx-family card that won't vaporize my power supply?

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  • bridgman
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    My guess was "a couple of weeks for modesetting and a couple of months for acceleration".

    Alex is going to be out at XDC next week so I'm revising that to "a few weeks for modesetting..."

    We haven't started the work though, so these really are guesses for now.

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  • Xavier
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    Thanks (but I'd prefer if it was told by God^W Bridgman himself.

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  • stikonas
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    Should be much sooner. I think that in 1 year you should be able to run even gallium3d driver.

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