Graphics Cards Maker Leaks AMD Roadmap: New Radeon HD 7000 Incoming in February, March

AMD’s Cape Verde, Pitcairn Are Approaching

by Anton Shilov
01/31/2012 | 11:25 PM

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 Unfortunately, based on some indicators, it looks like the roadmap is somewhat outdated.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.