Wednesday, 09 November 2011 12:26

Radeon HD 7900 series in January

Written by Fuad Abazovic



Tahiti is great that time of the year


New 28nm desktop graphics chips will come in January, at least when it comes to AMD. There was some hope that we will see 28nm parts come in September, then October, and most recently in December, but multiple industry sources are now saying that they will launch in January time.

The new Tahiti series should end up with Radeon HD 7xxx branding and as it will come in XT and PRO flavours. It’s kind of safe to assume that Radeon HD 7970, codename Tahiti XT will be the fastest single chip card from AMD while the Radeon HD 7950 will be codename for the Tahiti PRO product.

These two chips can be matched together and the dual GPU version should appear at a later date, possibly in the first half of 2012.

Some partners believe that new AMD CEO Rory Read means business and that it can turn things around, at least to some extent. However, AMD didn’t have much trouble in the graphics department anyway. The new generation should be good and it will have to face Kepler, Nvidia’s 28nm GPU that will definitely pose a serious threat.

At least from today’s point of view, it looks like AMD will be the first to launch 28nm graphics and as you can imagine Radeon HD 7970 ends up significantly faster than Radeon HD 6970, the current flagship single-GPU in AMD’s stable.

Hopeful 2012 will be a bit more interesting in the graphics world, as 2011 will probably go down in history as one of the most uneventful years since the nineties.

Also read:

No Radeon HD 7000 series this year

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+11 #1 Alterecho 2011-11-09 13:25
This is going to be quite very exciting! Read somewhere that AMD's flagship GPUs will use XDR2 memory, instead of GDDR5.
 
 
+10 #2 fuadzilla 2011-11-09 14:17
yahoo! 28nm! xdr2! amd!
 
 
+3 #3 Super XP 2011-11-09 14:55
The high end HD 7850 and HD 7870 are going to use the XDR2 memory. This is part of ATI's new Modular Design built from the ground up. XDR2 runs faster on less volts, almost doubles bandwidth vs. GDDR5 & is graced with tighter latencies.

AMD will wait for NV's Kepler release before the Dual HD 7980 and Tri GPU HD 7990 (28nm baby) gets released.
 
 
+10 #4 jklauderdale 2011-11-09 15:15
Quoting Super XP:
The high end HD 7850 and HD 7870 are going to use the XDR2 memory.


If I recall correctly, only the 7900s (Tahiti) will be using XDR2, the 7800s (Thames) will be using DDR5.

If the rumors of 40% gain are even remotely true I'll be buying a 7950 and building a new rig around that next year. Perhaps AMD will get their CPUs in step by then too, here's hoping
 
 
-15 #5 Tasty Taste 2011-11-09 15:22
how bout they focus on their drivers first
 
 
+7 #6 saneblane 2011-11-09 15:28
Quoting Tasty Taste:
how bout they focus on their drivers first


I hear about this so called driver rumor all the time, i never once had a problem with my hd 4770, but my gtx 460 from nvidia microstuuter like crazy to this day. And am sure my hd 7950 would be great.
 
 
+2 #7 John_Doe 2011-11-09 15:48
Quoting saneblane:
Quoting Tasty Taste:
how bout they focus on their drivers first


I hear about this so called driver rumor all the time, i never once had a problem with my hd 4770, but my gtx 460 from nvidia microstuuter like crazy to this day. And am sure my hd 7950 would be great.


Same. I bought a GTX 580 and had nothing but issues with the drivers. Returned it and bought two 6970's and have never had a problem.
 
 
+9 #8 eddman 2011-11-09 16:28
Again with this "driver issues" thing. Guess what, there are cases where both nvidia and AMD cards encounter driver issues. It's not a brand thing. Just drop it.
 
 
+7 #9 jguernsey 2011-11-09 17:07
Quoting eddman:
Again with this "driver issues" thing. Guess what, there are cases where both nvidia and AMD cards encounter driver issues. It's not a brand thing. Just drop it.


Thank you eddman. We always here about this and people blame the brand. It's obvious it happens on both sides. I too wish people would drop that.
 
 
+1 #10 notbiased 2011-11-09 17:25
Quoting Tasty Taste:
how bout they focus on their drivers first



ha-ha that's funny... if you go on nvidia forums, you will see the problems 90% of people are having with nvidia drivers (especially BF3 game)

PS my laptop has a 9700m GT, ive had nothing but problems this last month... I will never buy nvidia or intel again, until their drivers are fixed
 

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