AMD Plans To Stick With The HD 7000 Series For The Bulk of 2013

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TheMiddleman

Didn't Nvidia try this a few years back, only to get leapfrogged by ATI?
I think this has more to do with AMD's processor division being such a colossal failure, and less to do with what's left of ATI thinking what they have now is 'good enough.'

On the bright side, maybe they'll spin them off into a private company again, instead of keeping them lashed to the deck of a sinking ship.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I gave up on AMD when they decided to stop competing with anyone.

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Ryan5609

Good. I just bought a new 7970 and I want to enjoy a few months without it being obsolete.

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John Pombrio

too late...

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Ryan5609

Exactly how am I too late? The 7970 Ghz Edition is still the most powerful single GPU on the market.

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vrmlbasic

*sigh*

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someuid

I'm ok with this. Both AMD and Nvidia have been releasing new model numbers, then rebadging the previous items under the new model numbers.

Off the top of my head, take a look at Nvidia's mobile 600 series, like the 670m. It's a rebadged 500 series chip. When they finally got around to making a true 670m based on Keper (a year later) they call it a 670mx.

Both of these companies are cutting corners trying to play model number games. I call it deceptive advertising.

I think both of them need to take a short breather and work on releasing entire product lines that actually warrant the new model number, not just one or two flagship products backed up by old silicon sporting new model numbers.

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bigrigross

Its your fault if you dont do the homework when purchasing laptops with those chips installed. AMD and Nvidia have been doing that for years. Its nothing new. Anybody looking for that type of hardware should know what they are getting. If not, not AMD or Nvidias problem. At least they arent doing what Intel is doing with their GPU names.

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Hey.That_Dude

Maybe they'll take the opportunity to bring their APU's graphics up to spec with real 7000 series graphics. Or they'll flop over an die... either way. I'm just surprised that the government hasn't bashed Intel into giving AMD part of their tech to help. You know... that whole anti-trust thing.

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Xenite

I'm still running a 6870 and I can play every single game on the market with maxed out settings at very smooth frame rates.

Virtually nobody needs these newer cards for gaming. Unless you running some bizarre bit-coin gpu setup, or you measure you life success and e-peen size by benchmark numbers on the internet it's pointless dropping money on them.

Hell the new consoles don't even match up to my 6870 and they will be the standard for shitty console ports to come for the next 8 years or so.

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vrmlbasic

My OC'd 6850 approaches stock 6870 speeds.

I've been playing a lot of Borderlands 2 and MechWarrior Online Beta. Both are DX9 games, and we know that the 68xx series is weak on DX9, but even still I'm getting framerates that run the gamut from 40 to 80+. 40 FPS isn't good enough.

I am concerned about the mere 1 GB of RAM on my 6850 as 1 GB is starting to become the bare minimum for non-console-quality textures (eg:Sleeping Dogs High-Res pack)

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Hilarity

Rubbish. Metro 2033 would kill that pansy 6870, so would BF3, so would Witcher 2, so would Crysis 2 etc etc. You are not playing 1080p DX 11 titles maxed out.

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vrmlbasic

I played Metro 2033. Got it on a steam sale right after I got my 6850. Got playable framerates, 30s and 40s mostly.

Though while the framerates were playable the game itself was not. I'd like my benchmark games to have decent gameplay and be interesting, which Metro 2033 is not. Crysis was at least decent on that front.

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noobstix

Aside from The Witcher 2, actually Metro 2033 and BF3 don't run too bad on that GPU. Sure it's not a constant 60 fps but it doesn't bog down to a complete "freeze". I'm still running my MSI 6870 to this day and hasn't failed me in anything but The Witcher 2 and an "Extreme" benchmark setting.

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PCWolf

When there is no Competition, Consumers pay the price.

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AFDozerman

Why not? Unless you're building a home GPGPU supercomputer, a 7970 is more than enough for 90 percent of most users for pixel pushing.

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flyinpoons

I am all for competition, it helps keep prices down amd tech improving, but the driver situation for AMD needs to improve before I buy another.

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Xenite

I've never had a single issues with AMD drivers. And I play most of the new top games. In fact the newest AMD drivers are some of the best i've ever seen.

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vrmlbasic

Same here.

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flyinpoons

The AMD drivers are not bad, they just seem to update more slowly to fix glitches in games.

Also no Physix hurts as do the Enduro issues.

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PCWolf

I agree 100%. As a user of both Cards, I seen AMD drivers take a nose dive. My Biggest peeve is drivers that fail to install or even blue screen during installation, forcing me to go back to older drivers. You can have the BEST HARDWARE in the world, but without Good Drivers, its worthless!

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John Pombrio

Had a thought. Isn't AMD GPU chips in both XBox and SONY next gen consoles? What if AMD is putting all their development teams onto the console rollout.

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vrmlbasic

Wouldn't the 8000 series already be developed and ready to go, assuming the intel about the original release date was accurate?

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John Pombrio

I too was wondering about the specials that AMD were offering. Never thought about clearing inventory but makes more sense to try to keep loyalties and go (once again) for the lowball price/ performance buyers.

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vrmlbasic

Well, that sucks.

It also puts me in an odd position as I was planning to get an 8850+ card and transfer my 6850 to another machine. Getting a 7000-series card when I know that the 8000 series is on the horizon and will blow the 7000 series away seems foolish.

Especially when I can pick up another 6850 for a song and with some liberal OC'ing & a CrossFire cable it'll blow the 7000 series card I could have purchased out of the water.

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Ryan5609

I just upgraded my GPU to a 7970. But I was considering getting a couple of 7850's instead. They are a great price right now and you get a couple of free games. Two 7850's in crossfire right now beat any single GPU on the market. But I got the 7970 so I can crossfire next year or in a couple of years when I feel like a single card cant cut it anymore.

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vrmlbasic

The 7850 is tempting. Though the games are of interest to me, having 2 copies of 2 single-player games (were I to do crossfire) is pretty redundant.

If only AMD had backed a multiplayer game that I'm interested in, like Borderlands 2, say.

Though since a Radeon 6850 akin to my existing card seems impossible to find ATM I might have to fully upgrade.

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Jeffredo

More bad news for AMD-philes. We could be getting very close to the 8800 GTX intro situation if Nvidia so chooses. Back then it was still independent ATI and they weren't so broke. Things are more ominous now.

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wumpus

AMD-philes? More like desktop-philes. Nvidia isn't planning on releasing the next generation until 2013Q3, which doesn't imply the huge window that was the 8800GTX.

On the other hand, Nvidia just might be able to survive if they eat AMD's lunch (as well as their own).

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