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Advanced Micro Devices may start to reveal its next-generation graphics processing units this October, according to a rumour reported by a Chinese web-site. Moreover, since the company already sells Radeon HD 8000-series to OEMs, the firm is now expected to market its new-gen products under Radeon HD 9000 product family. 

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.

Since at present AMD sells re-badged Radeon HD 7000 products as Radeon HD 8000-series products to OEMs, it is logical for the company to utilize Radeon HD 9000 sequence for its new line of graphics cards. ATI Technologies’ original Radeon 9000-series products based on code-named R300-family graphics processing units revolutionized the market of graphics cards a decade ago and helped ATI (which now belongs to AMD) to become the producer of market leading graphics solutions. 

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, ATI, Radeon, Sea Islands, Curacao, Hainan, Volcanic Islands, GCN, 28nm

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Let's hope it will at least match the nVidia's Titanium and have better prices...
Not likely (price), but one can only hope right?
Performance gain should be interesting indeed.
1 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 07/02/13 01:48:55 AM]
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There is no titanium this gen.

What we'll end up with are more-or-less equivalents to the 760/770 (hainanpro perhaps slightly faster/ xt slightly slower overall), and something that is a little less efficient (arch speaking) than 780 but clocked substantially higher while costing less because of die size substituted by faster (and perhaps cheaper hynix) ram. I still expect a 650ti boost-equivalent Bonaire clocked around 1100/7000 as well.

IMHO, it will be nice competition and potentially give some nice choices (ie I hope hainanxt is under 225w unlike 770 and I imagine the cheaper alternatives to 780 will still be able to push 2560 resolution).

That said, and even if it is strategy for whatever reason (7000 series positioning/stock, back-to-school, capitalizing on games launching on pc as well as with new consoles, creating a year between launch and 20nm parts) this series is terribly, terribly late.
1 2 [Posted by: turtle  | Date: 07/02/13 02:43:02 AM]
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Speculations, speculations....
0 1 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 07/02/13 04:04:30 AM]
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So are we getting the 8000 or not?
Mixed messages...I live again.
Still, I hope that the performance is great because after my GTX 660 my aim is the GTX 860; maybe AMD's cards equal the 860 in many benchies for cheaper, hopefully.
0 0 [Posted by: Jose Arellano  | Date: 07/02/13 07:05:46 AM]
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HD8000 is OEM rebrand based on HD7000. Retail won't be getting them, only OEM will.
1 0 [Posted by: trumpet-205  | Date: 07/02/13 01:26:37 PM]
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Dear dear Sea Islands is GCN 1.1, 2 is Volcanic Islands [2014?)Why do you keep getting this wrong?
1 0 [Posted by: TopHatKiller  | Date: 07/02/13 09:42:20 AM]
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Great job pointing this out. HD9970 or whatever they call it is just going to be a GCN 1.1 28nm refresh. The next big generational upgrade will only happen in 2014 on 20nm, or GCN 2.0. People are too caught up in the naming here and are missing the bigger picture.
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 07/02/13 11:24:42 PM]
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Just in time to make the PS4/xbox one two generations behind by launch! (78x0, 79x0)
0 2 [Posted by: basroil  | Date: 07/02/13 10:40:27 PM]
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More like one generation behind.
0 0 [Posted by: maroon1  | Date: 07/03/13 08:00:36 AM]
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1 generation. HD7xxx --> HD9xxx. 2 generations is 20nm.
0 0 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 08/10/13 03:54:20 AM]
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