Next generation video cards from AMD might be just around the corner.
The neat thing about the never ending GPU wars is that there's always something newer and faster on the horizon. AMD and Nvidia never have time to rest on their laurels, instead playing a constant game of leapfrog where the biggest winners are gamers. In keeping with that theme, a Chinese language website is reporting that AMD is gearing up to launch its Radeon HD 8000 Series of graphics cards sometime in the third quarter of this year.
In addition to a launch time frame, Chiphell posted some updated specifications for AMD's new crop of cards. The fastest of the bunch is the Radeon HD 8970, which features 36 compute units, 2,304 stream processors, 144 TMUs, 48 ROPs, and an 1,100MHz core clockspeed. It also has 6GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7,000MHz (effective) on a 384-bit bus, all of which results in 5.07TFLOPS of floating point performance. Versus the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, the new part will run 35 percent faster and cost $599.
Next up is the Radeon HD 8950 ($399) with 28 compute units, 1,792 stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 4GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7,000MHz on a 256-bit bus, 1,200MHz core clockspeed, and 4,30TFLOPS of floating point performance. It's said to run 10 percent faster than a Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition card.
Below that sits the Radeon HD 8870 with 24 compute units, 1,536 stream processors, 96 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6,000MHz on a 256-bit bus, 1,100MHz core clockspeed, and 3.38TFLOPS of floating point performance. This $299 card is supposed to be 40 percent faster than a Radeon HD 7870.
Finally there's the Radeon HD 8850 ($229) with 20 compute units, 1,280 stream processors, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs, 2GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6,000MHz on a 256-bit bus, 1,000MHz core clockspeed, and 2.56TFLOPS of floating point performance. It's said to run 15 percent faster than a Radeon HD 7870 graphics card.