R420 to have 12 pipelines?
The Inquirer is claiming that ATI's upcoming R420 graphics chip will feature 12 pipelines and six vertex units. The chip will apparently be built on a 0.13-micron manufacturing process with high-end versions clocked around 500MHz. With a 500MHz core clock speed, a 12-pipe R420 would nearly double the theoretical pixel and texel fill rates of the Radeon 9800 XT. Of course, until ATI officially announces its next-gen product line, this is all still speculation and rumors.