updated 08:30 am EST, Fri December 14, 2007
AMD R680 Preview
AMD today confirmed rumors by detailing the R680, the codename for its next-generation graphics hardware. Likely to be known as the Radeon HD 3870 X2, the new design places dual mid-range, 55-nanometer graphics chips on a single board to offer nearly double the performance without occupying more than a double-height card slot. Using a CrossFireX -capable system will allow two or more separate cards with at least four graphics chips involved, AMD explains.
The cards will continue to support DirectX 10.1 and advanced OpenGL 2 features, PCI Express 2.0, and full hardware acceleration of HD video. AMD plans to officially announce one or more cards based on R680 in January and is believed to be shipping at or near the same day as the announcement itself, though no computer manufacturers have yet to be named as part of the introduction.