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Will the Southern Islands cards most definitely be released by the end of Nov. 2011?

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Do you all think the Southern Islands cards will be released by the end of November 2011? If not, when do you think they will most likely be released?

Opinions?

Thanks.
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Well they have already been mass-produced, so I would say maybe with or soon after bulldozer.
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Well they have already been mass-produced, so I would say maybe with or soon after bulldozer.
Really?

Nice, I really need to upgrade my GPU for BF3 but dont feel like dropping money on a 6950 with SI so close.
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According to this article (link) it looks like AMD's Bulldozer will be released September 26th. So do you all think Southern Islands cards will be released the same day or week?
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Well they have already been mass-produced, so I would say maybe with or soon after bulldozer.
Yes, they are supposed to be mass produced but are they? Where do you get your info that makes you so sure?

I don't think that cards that we are interested in, i.e. 79xx will be released by the end of November, more like Late December/Early January. And 78xx will be most probably at the same/lower performance level as today's 69xx, judging by how it went with HD5xxx to HD6xxx transition.
    
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Using the HD5xxx to HD6xxx transition is not a good way to think about this transition. Both HD5xxx to HD6xxx were on a 40nm process. The HD6xxx was intended to be on a smaller process but that process was scraped so it had to go on 40nm again. With this HD7xxx generation we get a 28nm process, that is effectively 2 generations ahead of the 40nm process, along with any design advancements that come with this latest iteration of the cards.

Remember that small processes can be clocked higher and use less power. They also cost less to make once they get the process worked out.

It also appears that there will be a new PCIe 3.0 slot for the HD7xxx cards.

These HD7xxx are going to be far more than what you seem to be expecting.
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It also appears that there will be a new PCIe 3.0 slot for the HD7xxx cards.

These HD7xxx are going to be far more than what you seem to be expecting.
PCIe revision means squat in practical usage as we barely even max a 2.0x8 rail today.
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All i know is that it will be 7970 time for me by December.
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