AMD's "Cayman PRO" Model Numbers Revealed

Paul Lilly

Recent rumors suggest AMD has settled on calling its upcoming Barts XT and Barts PRO videocards the Radeon HD 6870 and 6850, respectively. That would make sense, except for one not-so-minor detail: these cards are intended to replace AMD's Radeon HD 5700 series, not the 5800 series.

That won't affect Maximum PC readers, but for gamers who don't have the time or desire to keep up with such things are likely to end up confused thinking the 6870 and 6850 trump the 5870 and 5850. That's not going to be the case.

Now we're hearing chatter that AMD plans to dub its Cayman XT and Cayman PRO variants Radeon HD 6970 and 6950, respectively. These will be AMD's top-end graphics cards, but unlike the Radeon HD 5970, these are both single-GPU parts.

The Cayman parts are expected to launch in late November.

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