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Advanced Micro Devices has introduced what it claims to be the world’s highest-performing mobile graphics processor, the Radeon HD 8970M. The new solution is generally similar to its predecessor, but comes with different clock-speeds and a set of software, which should make it faster in video games and more-efficient in general-purpose applications.

“Today’s gaming notebooks need a graphics card that is fast, powerful and energy-efficient. The AMD Radeon HD 8970M GPU is the perfect combination of technologies, blending performance, immersive features and an extensive battery life that delivers an unrivaled gaming experience, even on the go,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager of graphics business unit at AMD.

AMD Radeon HD 8970M is based on GCN architecture as well as code-named Pitcairn GPU design. The graphics chip features 1280 stream processors, 80 texture units, 32 render back ends and 256-bit memory bus. The chip operates at 850MHz by default, but can automatically overclock itself to 900MHz if thermals allow.

The mobile versions of AMD Radeon HD 8000 support a number of technologies specially designed for notebooks, including AMD’s Enduro technology, which allows GPU to optimize battery life. The power features are inherently dynamic, delivering instant performance when needed and adjusting GPU requirements when in idle mode.

The AMD Radeon HD 8000M-series “Solar” graphics processors support all the advantages that the graphics core next (GCN) architecture has to offer, including support for DirectX 11.1, OpenCL 1.2, OpenGL 4.3, PCI Express 3.0, AMD Eyefinity 2.0, ultra high-definition output support using DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4a, optimized power consumption, integrated 7.1 audio controller, stereo-3D/Blu-ray 3D support, and other new technologies.

According to performance tests conducted by AMD, the Radeon HD 8970M offers consistent performance advantage over its arch-rival GeForce GTX 680M in both gaming and non-gaming applications.

The first laptop to incorporate the new graphics processor from AMD is MSI GX70. Eventually, there will be mode design wins.

“When developing our new gaming notebook, the MSI GX70, we required a graphics card that would truly enhance the gaming experience. The AMD Radeon HD 8970M graphics card exceeded our expectations. Its speed, features and intelligent power capabilities perfectly complement our product. The GX70 is surely designed for professional and top tier gamers,” said Eric Kuo, vice president for global sales and marketing of MSI notebook division.

Tags: AMD, ATI, GCN, Radeon, Solar System, Southern Islands, 28nm, Mobility Radeon

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Very nice, just need to know how the power usage compares to the gtx 680m, though power usage is not a big factor in gaming laptops.
4 2 [Posted by: cashkennedy  | Date: 05/16/13 10:10:38 AM]
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Intel falls even farther behind whilst playing with Atom and the likes.
3 2 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 05/16/13 03:17:03 PM]
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2 5 [Posted by: cashkennedy  | Date: 05/16/13 03:37:26 PM]
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Intel is not the competitor here, it is Nvidia. And Nvidia is a dead company walking. Apple will use AMD discreet in the new gen of Macbooks.
3 3 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 05/16/13 04:44:49 PM]
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Nvidia is dead, yet it consistently outsells amd in discrete graphics, and actually is profitable. Im sure surprised how much they've fumbled with all their money to barely if at all produce faster products then AMD, and I will gladly admit they are a failure in that sense, but Its interesting how a company that profitable and controls the market their in is a "dead company walking".
0 0 [Posted by: cashkennedy  | Date: 05/20/13 10:58:16 AM]
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Intel is not even interested in the low volume discrete gaming graphics market, even more so for laptops...


LOL and why is that so ... so that intel gives us FOREVER ultimative crap experience with their integrated graphics firstly IGP and nowadays with unavoidable GT-turbocrap jumping out from crappiest can.

Only thing intel is not interested into is developing very complex software around their graphics solutions. And thats why Intels real life experience sucks while their have stunning demos running on DeepBlue as backbone.

But hey they pawn monstrously gigantic brand so that even fanboys start to take fight in the name of intels insane profit.

If we put in simple words intels solutions are just overpriced crap and people just suckingly love it.
4 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 05/16/13 06:23:13 PM]
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Why is that? Cause intel wishes to maximize the profit for what it invests. There is no hiding that.

50% of the market does not need any graphics power at all (business pc's) and another 30% needs none as well (home pcs for browsing internet / using word).

Yall wouldn't shut up for years about how great APU's would be, and turns out that intels are just good enough to squeeze discrete graphics down to an even smaller sliver of the market... I wouldn't use them for any gaming at all, but I don't blame intel for not wanting to get into a shrinking sector of the market that requires a lot of investment to compete in.
0 0 [Posted by: cashkennedy  | Date: 05/20/13 10:56:20 AM]
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Mercedes ? HAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAH AAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA, coolaid of Intel working like a charm on you dude.
2 2 [Posted by: Atlastiamhere  | Date: 05/16/13 10:36:04 PM]
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Another good news! I can't help but be shocked when launching todays games. The first PC game I've played was Duke Nukem 3D, I've just finished Bioshock Infinite. Comparing these two really shows the doors opened by todays powerfull graphics processors.

Chips like the 8970m will let me be able to appreciate these cool graphics on a laptop wherever I go, whenever I want. You got to respect that!
1 1 [Posted by: MHudon  | Date: 05/17/13 08:38:20 AM]
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Nobody seems to notice that this so called 8970M GPU is nothing else but a RE-BRANDED 7970M GPU with some increase in frequencies. That's it.
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 05/18/13 11:48:29 PM]
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