At its Investor Day presentation AMD took a good part of it to talk about GPUs. They announced that they will continue to make GPUs for every segment of the market. The company plans to continue to improve on its Graphics CoreNext architecture, but is really betting on the huge performance / watt increase with its GPUs in 2016. The reason for this increase will be its move to the 14nm FinFET process.
When Valve announced their Steam Machines BETA program and listed the specifications for the BETA units the GPUs that were listed included the NVIDIA GTX Titan, GTX 780, GTX 760 and GTX 660. So it looked like official Steam Machines would be an all NVIDIA affair. In a recent interview Valve’s Doug Lombardi said that this is not true.
I has been widely reported that AMD will launch their next generation “Volcanic Islands” graphics cards in the 4th quarter of 2013. The 4th quarter of 2013 also happens to be when Battlefield 4 will be released, more specifically October 29th. AMD has purchased the rights to the game for marketing purposes, so it makes sense that AMD would launch their new cards right around the same time the game is released.
As we have been getting closer and closer to Q2 of this year many of you just like me were waiting to see when both AMD and NVIDIA would be releasing their next generation graphics cards. Pretty much everyone you talk to was saying a Q2 launch for both the Kepler 700 line and the Sea Islands Radeon HD 8000. Sweclockers is reporting that this is not the case. Their report says these cards will only debut in the fourth quarter of the year.