Neoseeker : News : AMD appears to be rebranding Mobility parts as 'new' HD 500v series
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Supernova1332 May 5, 10
ah fail amd.
Could be starting to restructure their naming scheme for laptop gpu's though, possibly for the upcoming llano release... although that gpu is probably weak as hell compared to the 4k and 500v series gpus.
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Zertz May 6, 10
quote Supernova1332
Could be starting to restructure their naming scheme for laptop gpu's though
Probably, but you gotta wonder why... They have a decent naming scheme going and now they pull a NVIDIA by renaming old stuff
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Whatev May 10, 10
It's not necessarily a rebrand. RV800 and RV700 use the same basic architecture, with a linear amount of shaders/ROPs/texture units. Notice how the RV730, as noted in your article, has the same specs as the new 5550. You can't tell whether its going to be a rebrand or not just by looking at the tech-specs.
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kspiess May 10, 10
Those are fair enough points, but the biggest indication here isn't even that the part shares the same specifications as the older GPUs, but that the 'new' 500 series only is only DirectX 10.1 capable. Why would ATI, who has tons of experience building DirectX 11 GPUs, decide to build a new design of DirectX 10.1 GPUs, taking a big step back?

I can't say anything for sure, but for me, this strongly suggests that these are re-used older GPUs, not new designs. It is implausible to imagine ATI making a truly new GPU design that is only 10.1 compatible.
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