AMD ships Radeon HD 2400, HD 2600 to board makers

In the wake of Computex, where many Radeon HD 2600 and Radeon HD 2400 cards were shown, AMD has announced that its Radeon HD 2400 and Radeon HD 2600 graphics processors are now shipping to board manufacturers including Asus, Club 3D, Diamond, GeCube, Gigabyte, HIS, MSI, Palit, PowerColor, Sapphire, and VisionTek. AMD says cards can be expected in shops "within a few weeks."

The chipmaker's press release also contains some specifications for the upcoming GPUs, including the width of their memory buses and their stream processor counts. Combine that info with what we gleaned from Asus' and MSI's booths at Computex, and the specs for Radeon HD 2600 XT, Radeon HD 2600 Pro, and Radeon HD 2400 Pro cards look something like this:


Stream Processors

Core speed

Memory capacity

Memory Speed

Memory type

Memory bus width

Radeon HD 2600 XT

120 800MHz 256MB 1100MHz GDDR4 128-bit

Radeon HD 2600 Pro

120 600MHz 256MB 700MHz GDDR3 128-bit

Radeon HD 2400 Pro

40 525MHz 256MB 400MHz GDDR2 64-bit
For reference, AMD's existing Radeon HD 2900 XT has 320 stream processors, a 740MHz core clock speed, 512MB of GDDR3 memory clocked at 825MHz, and a 512-bit memory bus. According to MSI, the 2600 XT and 2600 Pro will be slightly slower and significantly cheaper than Nvidia's GeForce 8600 GTS and GeForce 8600 GT, respectively.

As a side note, AMD's press release also contains the following mention:

AMD also wishes to clarify any confusion that may exist regarding the presence of the Unified Video Decoder (UVD) in its ATI Radeon™ HD 2000 series graphics processors. UVD is present in the ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 2300, the ATI Radeon™ HD 2400, and the ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 series products, but is not present in the ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 series products as it is not needed due to the usage model of this high end product.
For those who haven't been keeping track, we published a news post late last month about the subject. Other sites also pointed out that AMD partners and online retailers were confused by AMD's statements and claimed the Radeon HD 2900 XT featured the UVD.
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