Just a short note to say that AMD confirmed with us today that its RV710 and RV730 mainstream and low end products will be available in September - just a month away. At least one of them (RV710) will be Hybrid CrossFire capable and despite the fact AMD were keeping mum about the details right now both should go up against Nvidia's recently launched GeForce 9500 GT and 9800 GT products. It should be a good month of choice for all looking to buy in the mainstream price bracket.
Fancy placing some guesses now? If the HD 3670 has 120 stream processors, will the HD4670* (a naming guess at this stage) have 240? 320? - a rebranded HD 3850? Will it be manufactured on the 55nm node like the rest?
It has been speculated elsewhere that both cards will feature 512MB or 1GB of graphics buffer memory - AMD made no apologies for this (wastefulness) today as it claimed it was a very common tactic to lure the uneducated public into buying your product because of this simple equation: more = better. Partners will be free to do what they like from the get-go so expect all sorts of clock speeds, memory quantities and cooling solutions across the field.
We also asked about how AMD was going to compete with Nehalem, and in true PR fashion the AMD guys were pumping it up because "[it] will have the leading multi-GPU platform at the time of launch thanks to Intel's X58 chipset supporting CrossFireX"
. That's not to say Nvidia might have something else up its sleeve by then because it also has an X58+NF200 SLI solution too.
We were told that AMD will absolutely
have its 45nm products available in Q4, and clocks speeds are apparently "fast"
although we've heard that one before. We'll cautiously wait for actual products, please - after all, we've already seen Nehalem working...
Not only has the cache been increased substantially, but AMD claimed the memory controller performance has been tightened up and even though it's still on the current K10 architecture, it went further to say that there has been plenty of improvements and optimisations but didn't go as far as to specifically comment on what they were.
Whether this actually makes a difference for Phenom (in the wise words of 80s pop: the only way is up), we'll have to wait and see.
Are you wanting RV710/730 or 45nm CPUs from AMD or have you got a GeForce 9800 GT or 9500 GT? What do you think 45nm Phenoms will be like? Speculate away in the forums