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A Chinese web-site has posted a picture of what is claimed to be AMD’s next-generation graphics card based on Curacao XT graphics processing unit. The graphics adapter promises to be powerful in terms of performance in video games and rather hot when it comes to behavior. The emergence of the photo proves that the new graphics solution from AMD

The all new AMD Radeon HD graphics card has two fans, a rather unprecedented cooling solution for a single-chip graphics card by AMD. Besides, the new Radeon HD “Curacao XT” has an 8-pin and a 6-pin PCI Express power connectors, something that clearly points to a high-end graphics solution. Finally, the new board has two CrossFireX connectors and thus supports 2-way, 3-way and 4-way multi-GPU technology.

Cooling solution of the new AMD Radeon HD “Curacao XT” graphics card employs numerous heat-pipes, an indicator that the novelty is rather hot. At the same time, two fans should either offer very high thermal performance or be rather quiet in operation. It is currently believed that the new graphics card has 250W thermal design power.

It is expected that the code-named Curacao XT graphics solution is AMD’s next-generation high-end GPU. AMD is projected to release code-named Curacao and Hainan graphics processing units that will belong to GCN 2.0 family of products in Q3 2013, according to a media report. The new architecture will have a number of enhancements, but the only thing currently known is that it will come with improved front-end (4 asynchronous computing engines [ACEs], 3 geometry engines) as well as increased amount of stream processors. Both Curacao and Hainan belong to Sea Islands family of GPUs, hence they do not feature advance heterogeneous compute capabilities.

The two chips are expected to be made using 28nm process technology, which is logical, keeping in mind that AMD’s manufacturing partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. will only start risk production using 20nm fabrication process in Q4 2013.

The Curacao XT graphics processor is expected to feature 2304 stream processors (36 compute units), 144 texture units, 48 render back ends and 384-bit memory controller. The Hainan is projected to have 1792 stream processors (28 compute units), 112 texture units, 32 render back ends and 256-bit memory controller. Both chips will share the same front-end (just-like current-gen Radeon HD 7900 and 7800 do) with 4 asynchronous computing engines [ACEs], 3 geometry engines, command processor, global data share and so on.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: AMD, Radeon, Curacao, Hainan, Sea Islands, 28nm, GCN


Comments currently: 8
Discussion started: 06/10/13 09:39:30 AM
Latest comment: 06/11/13 12:32:04 PM
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i expects its HD 8970.
2 fans for single gpu clearly means- made for overclocking probably for higher auto-overclocking.
8 1 [Posted by: mudi1  | Date: 06/10/13 09:39:30 AM]

This is a great solution for the GTX 600 series.
1 2 [Posted by: Jose Arellano  | Date: 06/10/13 09:52:45 AM]

Those specs don't look like a massive jump in performance do they.

I going to wait for 20nm, Hawaii, a proper next gen:

2 0 [Posted by: loadwick  | Date: 06/10/13 01:10:04 PM]

Is Hawaii still due out late 2013? That seems a bit soon when Curacao XT still hasn't been released yet.
0 0 [Posted by: DivideOverflow  | Date: 06/10/13 03:56:29 PM]
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If it is like Kaveri, which should have been released this month, it is a possibility.
0 0 [Posted by: Jose Arellano  | Date: 06/10/13 04:33:58 PM]

Maybe the two fans indicate better cooling for the power circuitry (I wish) which seems to be lacking in nearly all high powered GPU's available today from both AMD and NV
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 06/11/13 01:57:31 AM]
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It still looks like the power circuitry is going to be left out on these cards.
0 0 [Posted by: evernessince  | Date: 06/11/13 12:32:04 PM]


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