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I just had another thought.

 

The most powerful video card for gaming right now (arguably) is ATI's x800. The x800 is powered by the R420 GPU. The R420 will be replaced by the more powerful R480 this fall. After that we have the next generation R520 due Q2 to Q3 of 2005.

Xbox2 is using a varient of the R520 (the R500). That is two generations more capable than the current x800 -the current state-of-the-art in video cards. Damn!!

 

Add to that 3 dual-core PowerPC CPUs and robust development tools and Xbox2 is shaping up to be one scary beast.

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Originally posted by iCamp@Sep 30 2004, 03:22 PM

 

The most powerful video card for gaming right now (arguably) is ATI's x800. The x800 is powered by the R420 GPU. The R420 will be replaced by the more powerful R480 this fall. After that we have the next generation R520 due Q2 to Q3 of 2005.

Xbox2 is using a varient of the R520 (the R500). That is two generations more capable than the current x800 -the current state-of-the-art in video cards. Damn!!

 

:wtf: I can't read good. Those numbers scare me and I'm confused. Could someone dumb it down a bit for me?

 

Think along the lines of trying to explain it to Homer.

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Originally posted by Beer Monkey@Sep 30 2004, 04:55 PM

I'm all for a Q4 2005 launch if the system is backwards compatible.

I'm totally with you on this Michael. I still feel like there is plenty of life left with my current (and soon to be acquired) Xbox games and am not super interested in trading up yet, even if it is still a year away.

 

That said, this graphics system looks incredible and can't wait to see what it looks like! :tu:

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Originally posted by Bobbio

I can't read good. Those numbers scare me and I'm confused. Could someone dumb it down a bit for me?

 

Think along the lines of trying to explain it to Homer.

 

 

Xbox 2 will have some very tasty graphics. Tasty like donuts. Mmmm donuts.... :drool:

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Originally posted by iCamp@Sep 30 2004, 04:22 PM

3 dual-core PowerPC CPUs

Have there been any reliable sources confirming this? It sounds almost too good to be true. I realize that advancement in computer hardware moves at a very quick pace, but we're talking about 3 dual core cpu's into a gaming console that would probably be priced in the $300-400 range. Hardware has been sold at a loss in the past but this would be a pretty big loss would it not?

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Have there been any reliable sources confirming this? It sounds almost too good to be true.

 

No, and I agree. It's still rumor and only rumor. I'm very skeptical as the PowerPC CPU in the Apple G5 is not yet a dual core CPU. It's my understanding the dual core versions (I forget the number designation) are not at all far off, however. Still, cost considerations make this rumor appear unreasonable at this point.

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Just because IBM is making the CPU, doesn't mean it is G5. Why can't it be a custom CPU? And since Nintendo is also having IBM create a processor, does that mean that their system will also have a G5? I'm assuming that the Xbox 2, like the Revolution, will have custom CPUs.

 

I'm all for a Q4 2005 launch if the system is backwards compatible.

 

Would you be for a 2006 launch with no bc? Or is this condition that transcends time? I myself have been somewhat against the launch of Xbox 2 next year...unless it means NFL2K6, DOA4, and Ninja Gaiden 2 will be in 1080i. Then I won't feel so bad.

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Would you be for a 2006 launch with no bc?

 

Not 'for', but not as opposed.

 

I'd be happy to buy an XBox 2 right now with BC. Without BC, I'd probably keep playing my XBox 1 games for a while and wait for X2 to have a larger-than-launch library.

 

My rack space is at a premium these days. BC is becoming a bigger deal to me than it used to be.

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Just because IBM is making the CPU, doesn't mean it is G5. Why can't it be a custom CPU? And since Nintendo is also having IBM create a processor, does that mean that their system will also have a G5? I'm assuming that the Xbox 2, like the Revolution, will have custom CPUs.

 

I guess anything is possible.

However, it's not likely IBM will create a new family of chips just for a console -it just wouldn't be profitable.

It's likely to be a PowerPC family CPU which makes it related to the G5 anyway (the designation 'G5' is just Apple's name for the IBM PowerPC 970 CPU). The current Game Cube CPU is essentially a PowerPC 750.

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