There’s is a lot of news about new Radeon cards these days, only none of them really worth writing about. The rebranding of the current Radeon HD 7000 series into OEM HD 8000 series generated a lot of confusion and even more questions. But this might not be the only thing that AMD is preparing for us. The new Catalyst 13.1, which were launched yesterday have something hidden in the files.
A curiosity made me download the new Catalyst drivers. I decided to see if these drives would be silently holding something more than just some performance boost in games and bug fixes. Therefore, I was not surprised to see some new lines. The first one is a reference to Radeon HD 8800 and 8900 series (OEM), but let’s face it, this is not new, it was there since Catalyst 12.11. Just nobody knew what were these cards back then. You can also see that AMD already put there Radeon HD 8760 and HD 8470, probably the first OEM cards to be launched in a short future.
AMD68B8.1 = “AMD Radeon HD 6700 Series”
AMD6898.1 = “AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series”
AMD6798.1 = “AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series”
AMD6818.1 = “AMD Radeon HD 8800 Series (OEM)”
AMD679A.1 = “AMD Radeon HD 8900 Series (OEM)”
AMD68F9.1 = “AMD Radeon HD 6350”
AMD683D.1 = “AMD Radeon HD 8760”
AMD68F9.2 = “ATI Radeon HD 5450”
AMD68F9.3 = “AMD Radeon HD 6350”
AMD683D.2 = “AMD Radeon HD 8760”
AMD689C.1 = “ASUS ARES”
AMD6778.1 = “AMD Radeon HD 8470”
AMD679A.2 = “AMD Radeon HD 8950”
But wait, there’s more, which is surely an indicator — AMD Radeon HD 8950. The puzzling part is that we are not sure yet, whether this is a reference to a rebranded Radeon HD 7950 for OEMs or something special. Charlie at SemiAccurate made a post where he claims to have a ‘picture of HD 8950’. So far no one was so valiant to spend $50 for that article (yes, it’s actually a paid article, and that’s why it did not deserve a link here, but you can find this by your own). Some say it’s just a screen grab of Catalyst Control Center with some basic information about HD 8950. Most probably it’s just nothing worth 50 bucks.
There is a lot of misunderstanding coming with the Radeon HD 8000 story, which started this year. As I said in my previous post, there’s are two very important questions. The first one: how will the new Radeon flagships be called? And the second one: when are we going to see these cards? This new ‘addition’ to the drivers might give some clarity and hope for the latter question. As for the first one, you can clearly see that the filenames of the official datasheets of recently announced OEM cards like HD 8950 are missing an OEM part. Like there is no chance of preparing the same files for OEM market, since it would require overwriting. So is there a Radeon HD 8960 coming along with HD 8980? Yeah this is a crazy thought, but yet, some of my predictions are true after all.
As for the card itself, I’m not going to speculate about it (yet), since there is nothing new around to speculate on. But stay tuned for more leaks.
If you want to check out the new drivers head on to our forums, where you can find all the necessary links and release details (Thanks Skr13).