For the longest time we have have known AMD graphics cards by their naming scheme of “Radeon HD xyz0″ where the “x” denotes generation, “y” denotes market segment and “z” denotes variant. It looks like all of that is about to change when AMD unveils their Volcanic Islands GPU family later this month.
AMD announced their dual-chip Radeon HD 7990 graphics card a few months back. When it was launched their price was set at $999 to compete with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 690 card. AMD will soon be unleashing a new generation of graphics card have given the Radeon HD 7990 a massive price cut bringing the price down to $699.
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.
We have viewed on the internet AMD talking about the various trends of the graphic industry, focusing on the current as well as the trend-to-be in the third quarter of this year. If you remember, it has been more than a year that AMD released their Radeon HD 7000 graphics card which comprises of their flagship model Radeon HD 7970. Here AMD declares that their state-of-the-art card is ready for next generation gaming giving a powerful developer support, enhanced driver performance and a game bundle that remains unrivaled.
Recently information has been revealed about the codenames for a few forthcoming Volcanic Islands GPUs. Some people from SemiAccurate have prepared and publicized a comprehensive analysis regarding the codenames of upcoming Volcanic Islands Graphics Processing unit. They have come up with quite interesting outcomes with this study. For beginners, the leaked codenames are categorized into two groups, the Radeon group and the FirPro group of GPUs. They are purportedly as below.
It looks like AMD is prepping a new lower-end graphics cards in their Radeon 7000 series. User Toppc from Coolaler forums has leaked images and well as benchmarks of a Radeon HD 7730 from MSI. Not much is known about the specifications of the card just yet, but we do know the card is clocked at 800 MHz core and 1125 MHz memory clock. We would assume it is also running 1 GB of GDDR5 memory. No official word on what core this card is running, our guess is a cut down version of either the Bonaire XT chip or Cape Verde chip.
AMD has officially announced their latest flagship graphics card in the Radeon HD 7990. This is a dual-GPU solution that is based off two 28 nm “Tahiti” chips. AMD says this card is different than the HD 7990 “New Zealand” graphics cards that were launched in Q3 of 2012 as it has a much lower power draw, requiring only two PCIe power connectors. The new card also features a dual-slot cooling solution, which AMD says is “whisper quiet”. Most of the “New Zealand” cards required three PCIe connectors and triple slot cooling solutions.
It looks like we now know the launch date for the very anticipated AMD Radeon HD 7990 “Malta” dual-GPU graphics card! According to a report on OCaholic AMD plans to launch the graphics card on April 24, 2013. The report also states that reviews of the card should already be underway. The AMD Radeon HD 7990 will feature a pair of 28nm “Tahiti” GPUs and will have a total of 4096 stream processors, and 6 GB of GDDR5 memory across two 384-bit wide memory interfaces.
At GDC’s press briefings this week AMD previewed the reference-design of the Radeon HD 7990 dual-GPU graphics card. This is the first public showing of the card and while AMD is not saying much we do know that this has two series 7900 GPU’s on it and it is being called by the codename “Malta”. AMD has really taken their time with the Radeon HD 7990 and actually allowed their partners to create 7900 series cards with two GPU’s on them, but this card will be the reference.
You cannot leave ASUS out of the bunch when it comes to the Radeon HD 7790 graphics card. Like most manufacturers of the “Bonaire” based card they have two versions as well. They have a reference design and their OC Edition which does feature ASUS’s own DirectCU II cooling as well. The HD7790-DC2OC-1GD5 runs overclocked at a 1075MHz core, 6400MHz memory and does come with ASUS’s GPU tweak utility.
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