Apart from the support for Shader Model 3.0, what are the main enhancements
made in the R520 chipset? (New graphics architecture, memory controller)
And again I am sorry, but we can’t tell your readers about the
upcoming technology before its announcement.
Rumors have it that both R520 and RV530 will run at 600 MHz. Does the
extra MHz make the difference in this class of graphics cards?
Sorry, I can’t comment on unannounced products.
Have you removed any planned features from the R520 in order to reach
its final version that will appear on the market?
No, we did not have to remove any features from the R520 or any other
of our upcoming products. While this was suggested by some rumors, cutting
the feature set of our next generation products was never up for discussion.
How does CrossFire compare with SLI in terms of performance?
Obviously, performance always depends on the application that is used
to measure it. CrossFire can accelerate all the games all the time, meaning
that even older games or games that were not in the top 10 list will be able
to take advantage of CrossFire.
However, a game's performance can of course also be limited by the system processor.
In that case, more graphics power does not get you more frame rate. For these
cases, CrossFire has the advantage of SuperAA, meaning that the user can enable
higher picture quality if performance can not be improved.
Generally, if compared on the same price level, we are confident that CrossFire
has the better price/performance ratio than our competitor’s product.
Is ATI planning to release a Crossfire board with x16 slots and the
corresponding extra PCI-Express lanes?
We are not at the end with our CrossFire development; there is lots more
to come. A mainboard with two “true” PCI Express x16 slots is only
one of the developments, but there are more.
How would you compare the overclocking capabilities of the R520
with those offered by NVIDIA’s 7800 series?
This is something I would like to leave to the overclockers out there,
but please remember that we have chosen the 90 nanometer process for a reason… :)