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Submission + - AMD releases specs of R600 - the last of its kind?

uop writes: AMD released details of their next-generation graphics card ( Specs/article6138.htm).
Cards are due in 6 weeks, and highlights include:
- 700 million transistors
- Full 512 bit memory interface
- 1GB of memory and vapor chill cooling in the reference configuration

In this round of the battle between the major graphics companies, GPUs have reached transistor counts in the server-CPU range.
Can they keep this battle economical without a major design shift?

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead