Wednesday, April 9, 2008

ATI plans Mobility 3870 X2

ImageAnd 3850 X2, M88

computing will finally get some decent Crossfire graphics from AMD. Codenamed M88, AMD plans to launch a product that is very similar, if not the same, to a desktop RV670 chip.

The M88 will enable two very interesting products that will bring the Crossfire on the notebooks. The first and slowest will end up branded as ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3850 X2, and this baby is definitely based on two derived RV670PRO cores. The second one, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2, is faster and reaches higher frequencies based on two derived RV670XT.

We have a feeling that mobile guys will use the same chips, as RV670 already has the power play part that takes care of careful energy spending on a GPU.

Since M88 is a 55nm product, ATI should have better thermals than Nvidia’s 8700MGT in SLI. We also expect a mobile 9 series sooner than later.

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