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Jan 8th, 2013

OEM AMD Radeon HD 8000 Graphics Cards Are Rebranded HD 7000 Series

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Let me just start this post by saying, what the hell AMD?? This is probably the most stupid idea ever. While there is still no confirmation about the ‘real’ graphics cards release date, we are presented with the new OEM solutions by AMD, which include all variety of HD 8000 graphics cards.

So if you were following our blog, you’ve noticed that AMD has announced the availability of their mobile and desktop Radeon HD 8000 series for OEM market yesterday. The problem is that the list include all models from 8300 to 8900 series. So as long as we’ve expected some entry-level cards being rebranded HD 7000 cards, there was no confusion, but since there are also HD 8870-8970 cards here, the market will be flooded with the models named the same, while offering different configuration.

First indicator that AMD might be preparing the HD 8950 3GB was leaked by Lenovo, but as it turns out, it was the OEM card in the first place. But we will likely see more non-OEM cards launched by June (which is the release date of that Lenovo desktop), so long story short, there will be two HD 8970′s on the market, each with different configuration (quite similar to what NVIDIA did with GeForce GTX 660). The interesting thing is that they modified the name of Radeon HD 7750 into HD 8740, while leaving no room for HD 8870, HD 8950 and HD 8970. Does this means there is no HD 8970? Is that card called HD 8980 or whatever they are now planning? I have no idea how to understand this policy of naming. I always preferred the way AMD is using their naming scheme, it was quite clear, but now, it doesn’t really make any sense.

So what do you guys think, what’s the next move by AMD?

What is AMD going to do with their next flagship model?

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(OEM) AMD Radeon™ HD 8350 Series GPU AMD Radeon™ HD 8400 Series GPU AMD Radeon™HD 8570 Series GPU 

AMD Radeon™ HD 8670 Series GPU AMD Radeon™ HD 8740 Series GPU AMD Radeon™ HD 8760 Series GPU AMD Radeon™ HD 8870 Series GPU AMD Radeon™ HD 8950 Series GPU AMD Radeon™ HD 8970 Series GPU
Architecture TeraScale 2 TeraScale 2 Graphics Core
Next (GCN)
Graphics Core
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PCIe Version 2.1 2.1 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Stream Processors 80 160 384 384 512 (8 CU) 640 (10 CUs) 1280 (20 CUs) 1792 (28 CUs) 2048 (32 CUs)
Texture Units 8 8 24 24 32 40 80 112 128
ROPs / Stencil Units 16 16 8 8 64 64 128 128 128
Memory Interface 64-bit 64-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 256-bit 384-bit 384-bit
Memory Support DDR3
(up to 900MHz)
DDR3
(up to 900MHz)
GDDR5
up to 4.6GB or
DDR3
(up to 900MHz)
GDDR5
up to 4.6GBps
GDDR5
(4.5GBps)
GDDR5
(4.5GBps)
GDDR5
(4.8GBps)
GDDR5
(5.0GBps)
GDDR5
(6.0GBps)
AMD PowerTune
Technology
No No Yes with Boost Yes with Boost Yes Yes Yes Yes with Boost Yes with Boost
External Power No No No No No 6pin 6pin + 6pin 6pin + 6pin 8pin + 6pin
Board Power <25W Up to 35W <50W <75W <75W <110W <175W <200W <250W
AMD ZeroCore
Power Technology
No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Form Factor Low Profile Low Profile Low Profile Full Height, Single Slot Single or Double Slot Double Slot Double Slot Double Slot Double Slot

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