Sources from across the network point to AMD ATI's intention to remove the ban on third-party vendors from releasing factory tickets.
For years, third-party manufacturers of graphics cards based on AMD-ATI graphics processors, and ATI before it, could not do what their NVIDIA-based graphics card makers did and do - launch non-standard graphics cards. To date, manufacturers have at best been able to use a heat sink and thermal ointment (which is emerging as the big problem Most of the HD4850) Non-standard.
A good example would be HIS HD 3850 IceQ 3 Turbo Card, Whose cooling performance was significantly better than that of a standard-cooled card, but only the limitations resulting from the AMD ATI's demeanor prevented it from getting from the factory at frequencies that it could reach manually. A good example of a successful ticket in which the combination of the rush from the plant and the third party heat sink will be Specifically the NVIDIA 8800GT, Which most of NVIDIA's partners equipped with an exotic cooling system or other, and usually increased its frequencies accordingly, which gave rise to a strong card on the one hand and cool on the other, which allowed raising frequencies even higher in some cases.
Now all this is going to change, in the hope that a number of rumors from across the network are correct. According to rumors, ATI AMD intends to remove restrictions on clock speeds, which means that now that NVIDIA has increased the basic clock speeds of the 9800GTX, And intends to release the 9800GTX +, So the HD4850 can now compete with it. This is a smart move, since HD4850 is already sold at less than 200, the recommended dollars for ATI AMD, which means that the accelerated versions, or even the exotic heat sink, will touch the price, and will be the most expensive tickets on the market, The recommended 9800GTX + will probably be 230 USD on launch.
In addition, to compete with HD 4850 properly, lowered NVIDIA The price of the standard 9800GTX to the recommended price of 190 dollars, making it as worthwhile as the HD4850, despite slight inferiority in performance.
Presently, the competition in the graphics card market is hotter than ever, with cards that have not yet been launched, or are not yet to be watered, already competing with each other. The big question is who is more extreme, or in case of AMD-ATI, who is more desperate to regain his lost prestige.