AMD Readies New Flagship Radeon HD 8000 Series Graphics Card

Paul Lilly

Yesterday we told you about a pair of Radeon HD 8000 series graphics cards set to storm the market at competitive price points, with the Radeon HD 8870 expected to rival Nvidia's GeForce GTX 680 for $279, and the 8850 taking on the GTX 670 for $199 (both are expected MSRPs). What about the high end? Fear not, AMD is working on an enthusiast grade 8000 series part, as well.

A leaked slide tipping AMD's next generation "Tenerife" GPU found its way to the Web (funny how that always happens), and it's a beast. As part of AMD's Sea Island based HD 8000 Series, the Tenerife part is a power user card that will dethrone the HD 7970. We'll go ahead and call it HD 8970, with the understanding that this isn't the official name (yet).

The proposed 8970 card is said to have 2,304 Stream Processors, 128 TMUs, and 48 ROPs. Clockspeeds are unknown, but it will be capable of more than 4.5 TFLOPS of processing power and 20 percent more compute performance than the current flagship part.

Other features include 3GB of GDDR5 memory racing along at 6GHz on a 384-bit bus, two mini DisplayPorts, an HDMI port, and DVI connectivity. TPD will be 250W.

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