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ATI RV410 'to ship in October'

And sampling now, claim sources

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ATI will launch its would-be GeForce 6600 GT beater late next month or early October, sources from among Taiwan's graphics card companies have claimed.

Said moles also suggest the part will be named the Radeon X700, according to a DigiTimes report, which adds that ATI has already begun sampling the part.

Like other X800-derived chips, RV410 is expected to be PCI Express native, as are Nvidia's GeForce 6600 and 6600 GT. The ATI part will sport eight pixel pipelines and six vertex engines, reports suggest, and operate a 128-bit memory bus clocked to 500MHz for an effective 1GHz with DDR SDRAM. The core is also clocked to 500MHz. Like the 6600 it will be fabbed at 110nm by TSMC. ®

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