AMD Volcanic Islands coming late 2013

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    AMD seems to be making some changes for Sea islands in order to respond to Nvidia's Kepler revision. This new GPU  family is now codenamed "Volcanic Islands" and is slated for late 2013,...

    AMD Volcanic Islands coming late 2013
     
  2. Darren Hodgson

    Darren Hodgson Ancient Guru

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    A much better time to release new cards IMO with the new next generation consoles due for release around that time as well as Battlefield 4. NVIDIA releasing the 700 series this month is honestly a bit pointless, the GTX 770 especially so, as there are no games coming out that warrant an upgrade (and, no, I don't think Metro: Last Light will be a good enough reason either based on the mediocre original).
     
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  3. Rich_Guy

    Rich_Guy Ancient Guru

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    Now thats more interesting than Nvidias 6 series re-release :p

    Hawaii sounds like a beast! :D
     
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  4. StewieTech

    StewieTech Chuck Norris

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    In the article says "HD 9970", wouldn´t it be HD8970 or i´m missing something?
     

  5. IPlayNaked

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    Presumably they won't re-use the 8k series. Those are OEM parts that are currently available.
     
  6. ninogui

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    I think the main interesting upgrade will be the memory bus, much more so than the plain clocking capability
    384 is already great, 512 will leave nvidia in the dust
     
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    Jeez.. that chip looks like a beast
     
  8. Loobyluggs

    Loobyluggs Ancient Guru

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    Be interesting to read more on this.

    Anyone else think we're kinda hitting the limits now? I can't see much more demand for more power/GPU performance now.

    1080P gaming and DX11 have got the goods which developers seem to be plumping for - can't see this changing anytime soon, esp. since M$ and Sony are going to release 1080P games consoles this year.

    What are new graphics cards going to bring us that we don't have now?

    Don't get me wrong, I ♥ new technology - but for gaming (unless there is a new DX-xx on its way real soon, which might be something M$ has up its sleeve for the new xbox) I really have no clues as to what increased performance can bring us right now.

    A reduction in the cost of 1080P GPU cards would be much more welcome to the market right now than more GPU power which few will use.
     
  9. kens30

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    Wow some very nice specs there this time around i think i will be going for an AMD card for the very first time and i don't mind waiting until the end of 2013 as i wont be able to upgrade until then..and to Loobyluggs for me you can never have enough GPU power.....and there's no need for a new dx as no title is making full use of dx11..yet
     
  10. Matt26LFC

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    Those specs look pretty awesome! But I've only just bought a 7970 and until I buy a Monitor that runs at least 1440p I don't need it. Not to mention the top flight GPU (8970) will likely cost around £500 at launch.

    People running 1600p screens cards like this are going to be a no brainer, I wonder how 4K would run on this GPU!
     

  11. moab600

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    sounds impressive but we see what maxwell will bring out, i hope 512bit as well. should be interesting...
     
  12. Titan29

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    Impressive specs, if true.

    Two Concerns regarding Hawaii:

    1. If it is 28 nm, then die size will be huge which means more power consumption, heat etc.
    2. Might be priced close to $1000 (which is likely given 2x 7970 specs and estimated perf close to 7990).
     
  13. mohiuddin

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    awesome. but, we don't need that amount horsepower anytime soon.
     
  14. Richkill

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    4K resolution seems to be like the future which will warrant the video memory.
     
  15. -Tj-

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    Nice this looks like a perfect upgrade.


    To those questioning its perf. there is never enough powaah!! Yes even at 1080P and newer titles. ;)



    Although im a bit confused about this part

    16 serial processor units
    4 geometry engines

    So in reality it will have 16*4 = 64 CU?


    Also i think it will be 20nm, AMD has 3 fabs to chose from so there wont be any delays because of it.
     
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  16. Undying

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    Ho, ho...AMD is getting serious. :D
     
  17. bboy-mass

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    It makes me laugh when 1080p gamers say they dont need anymore gpu power.lol
    WHat about 2560/5760 res users?

    And these next gen consoles are going to be a joke compared to what the pc gamers have been using over the last 3 years (eyefinity).

    MoRe gpu and video memory please. Would be nice to run 3x2560 ips screens at 120fps with one gpu.

    NIce.

    WiSh.
     
  18. Loophole35

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    Here's hoping Hawaii destroys Titan at the $500-600 price point.
     
  19. Elder III

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    Looks good, but please pass the saltshaker. ;)
     
  20. Stukov

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    If it is in fact 20mm and the power is reasonable this will probably be my next and last upgrade for quite a few years.
     

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