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A well-known maker of graphics cards has revealed its roadmap for the following months. The roadmap of AMD’s incoming new Radeon HD 7000-series graphics solutions brings no surprises: as expected, the new graphics cards with new architecture will become available in February - March timeframe.

Based on a slide from an alleged presentation by MicroStar International (MSI) (first published by CPU-World web-site), in mid-February AMD and its partners will release its Radeon HD 7700-series “Cape Verde” graphics processing units and in March they will unveil Radeon HD 7800-series “Pitcairn” GPUs. The dual-chip flagship Radeon HD 7990 “New Zealand” will be released a bit later, possibly when Nvidia Corp. launches its next-gen offering.

AMD’s code-named Cape Verde and Pitcairn chips will increase performance of mainstream and performance-mainstream products, respectively. Neither pricing, nor specifications, of AMD Radeon HD 7700- and 7800-series graphics cards are currently known.

While the slide was not made public officially, it is highly likely that it is generally correct. Unfortunately, based on some indicators, it looks like the roadmap is somewhat outdated. AMD originally wanted to launch its Radeon HD 7970 “Tahiti XT” graphics card on the 9th of January, 2012, at the Consumer Electronics Show and immediately start to sell the novelty. Unfortunately, the company decided to paper-launch the board on the 22nd of December, 2011. Therefore, other launch timeframes noted in the document may be incorrect.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: AMD, ATI, Radeon, Southern Islands, Tahiti, Pitcairn, Cape Verde, New Zealand

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Now this will truly make Nvidia turn green with envy.
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Plenty of people have cards that are now 2 or more generations old. They may want to upgrade now.

1) >20% performance (remember driver optimizations are forthcoming) with lower power consumption is impressive. Also, the few situations where NV's GK104 card will beat Tahiti is in contrived benchmarks and a few TWIMTBP games.

2) Some people like those things. the 79x0 cards are high-price, low-volume products. There's nothing wrong with that.

3) Your link shows the 7950 is about 20% faster than the 6970, which is already pretty fast. I question your understanding of the word "barely." If cards at each level bring 20% better performance at a similar price, what's the problem?

4) People willing to pay >$400 for a graphics card are doing things that those cards will suck at i.e. 2560x1600, eyefinity etc.

5) This is always the case. If it doesn't work for you, come up with another rationalization, or never buy another graphics card because a year from now there will be a better one.

6) So, because AMD hasn't released a product to compete with a product NV hasn't released yet, their 7900 cards aren't good? xybit said NV would be envious, not be beaten in all market segments by huge margins.

Your response to a total of twelve words from xybit seems a bit defensive. You are entitled to your opinion. If you don't want one, don't buy it.
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the 7000 series is for people like me that have stuck with a gt9500 512mb ddr2...but the wise choice is to wait for ivy bridge kepler cheaper HD drives and the release date of DIABLO3 GW2. Even if i don't buy Nvidia i'd like to buy my hd7870 200$ instead of 300$.
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