AMD Radeon HD 8970 Picture Leaked?

Published: Jun 8th 2013, 11:17 GMT

AMD Radeon HD 8970 Picture

There’s a picture of Radeon HD 8970 floating around the web, but it’s hard to say if it’s real. The leaker named the picture after Radeon HD 9970, but the thread is titled HD 8970.

According to the leaker from 4chan (some of you may even stop reading at this point), the AMD Radeon HD 9970/8970 would sport 2304 Stream Processors packed in Curacao XT GPU. The processor is made in 28nm fabrication process. We are looking at 48 raster operating units, which is 16 more than HD 7970. Card would feature 3GB GDDR5 memory across 384-bit interface. The HD 8970 would be clocked at 1000 MHz, but there’s no information about the boost clock. The memory runs at 6500 MHz effective speed. In comparison to 7970 GHz Edition we have more Stream Processors, more ROPs and faster memory clock. Also the pricing was mentioned, and we’re looking at $550 price tag, $100 less than GTX 780.

VideoCardz.comAMD Radeon HD 8970AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
GPUCuracao XTTahiti XT
Stream Processors23042048
Memory Size3072 MB3072 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5
Memory Bus Width384-bit384-bit
GPU Base Clock1000 MHz1000 MHz
Memory Clock1625 MHz1500 MHz
Effective Memory Clock6500 MHz6000 MHz
Memory Bandwidth312 GB/s288 GB/s
Power Connectors6pin + 8pin6pin + 8pin
Launch Price$550$500

This is just the data provided by the leaker. What about the reality? Well I tried to verify if the picture is made up, and it’s not, at least none of the tools confirmed that it was photoshopped.

AMD Radeon HD 8970 Analysis1370695817089
The first image is from error analysis tool, the higher the noise, the higher the possibility of manipulation. On the other one I have marked two spots which look unnatural, but not necessarily fake. If I were to judge, this picture shows no manipulation.

There are few theories, this just really well faked image (there are ways to fool such tools which I used), this is yet unannounced mid-range model of Radeon series (possibly 7000 series), or this is the actual Radeon HD 8970. If this is indeed the Radeon HD 8970, then AMD just made a shortest flagship in few years time.

Worth noting that AMD changed the logo of Radeon series a while ago. This card would still feature the old one, which is quite weird if you ask me.

According to the leaker and earlier reports from my previous post, the new Radeon would arrive at E3 next week. The only problem is that SweClockers already told us that AMD is preparing its Piledriver CPUs for that event. Is AMD going to announce both new CPU and GPU? That would be quite an announcement.

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One more thing: Newegg is selling Sapphire HD 7970 with Boost for $360 after rebate, a pre-launch price cut?

Sapphire HD 7970

Source: 4chan via

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