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    Default ATI does the card renaming game too?

    From fudzilla:

    Radeon 3000 are now 4000

    A sharp eye of a reader has noticed that ATI will do some renaming, at least according to its latest Catalyst 8.9 driver. Many RV610 and RV630, entry level and low-end cards will miraculously become the Radeon 42x0 and Radeon HD 45x0 and 47x0.

    ATI insisted that they won’t do this and even canceled some projects that we were aware of and all the sudden you see that these cards with new brands are inside of the driver. Now we are getting to the odd territories with the brand as ATI plans Radeon HD 4230, Radeon HD 4250, Radeon HD 4570, Radeon HD 4580, Radeon HD 4730 and Radeon HD 4750. We are not sure if this Radeon 4750 based on RV630 (formerly known as Radeon 3650) will be able to beat RV730 cards and Radeon 4650 and justify this 4750 name. Looks like a big mess to us.

    This is the .inf list from the latest driver and we will make sure to ask ATI for some comments, as a few weeks ago they were very persistent with their high level comments that they won’t do such a thing.

    Here is the list.

    "ATI Radeon HD 4230" = ati2mtag_RV610, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_95C5&SUBSYS_3002148C
    "ATI Radeon HD 4230 " = ati2mtag_RV610, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_95C5&SUBSYS_3033148C
    "ATI Radeon HD 4250" = ati2mtag_RV610, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_95C5&SUBSYS_3003148C
    "ATI Radeon HD 4250 " = ati2mtag_RV610, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_95C5&SUBSYS_3032148C
    "ATI Radeon HD 4570" = ati2mtag_RV630, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9598&SUBSYS_3031148C
    "ATI Radeon HD 4580" = ati2mtag_RV630, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9598&SUBSYS_3001148C
    "ATI Radeon HD 4730" = ati2mtag_RV630, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9505&SUBSYS_3002148C
    "ATI Radeon HD 4730 " = ati2mtag_RV630, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9505&SUBSYS_3001148C
    "ATI Radeon HD 4750" = ati2mtag_RV630, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9505&SUBSYS_3003148C
    "ATI Radeon HD 4750 " = ati2mtag_RV630, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9505&SUBSYS_3004148C

    "ATI Radeon HD 4250 " = ati2mtag_RV610, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_95C5&SUBSYS_3010174B
    "ATI Radeon HD 4750 " = ati2mtag_RV630, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9505&SUBSYS_3010174B

    "ATI Radeon HD 4230 " = ati2mtag_RV610, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_95C5&SUBSYS_301017AF
    "ATI Radeon HD 4570 " = ati2mtag_RV630, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9598&SUBSYS_301017AF
    "ATI Radeon HD 4580 " = ati2mtag_RV630, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9598&SUBSYS_301117AF

    We are eager to hear some official comments from ATI about this issue.

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    They all do it. It's not some big evil conspiracy to shaft the consumers (well, maybe a little). It's just a way to get rid of old stock and still remain profitable.
    Last edited by Melcar; 09-20-2008 at 01:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melcar View Post
    They all do it. It's not some big evil conspiracy to shaft the consumers (well, maybe a little). It's just a way to get rid of old stock and still remain profitable.
    Never said it was a conspiracy, but it's a good thing to know for people that might have a 3xxx card and might be thinking of "upgrading" in the future when those models are available. Nothing like spending your cash twice for the same product.

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