- A new chip configuration in the 8000M series which gives better performance for mobile GPUs will be released.
- First half of 2013 will be no new high end desktop GPUs from AMD, but new 7000 series chips will be out that period to replace 7700 and 7800 GPUs.
- 7970GHz will be the fastest single GPU AMD will offer from GCN through entire 2013.
But most importantly: AMD is on track to release a brand new architecture that will replace GCN in Q4 2013.
There has been a lot of talk lately about AMD’s official GPU strategy for 2013 and how it flew in the fact of numerous rumors. Instead of releasing a desktop graphics architecture that improves upon the HD 7000-series’ performance and feature set, it looked increasingly like that wouldn’t happen in the first three quarters of this year. We now have some additional details from AMD’s top brass about what this year will look like from their perspective.
First of all, some clarification is in order. While Sea Islands features the same GCN architecture as the current generation, it utilizes a new chip configuration which augments efficiency without sacrificing performance. According to AMD, the Sea Islands chips are an incremental update that’s meant to focus on OEM notebook design cycles and gain some much-needed design wins in the mobile space. The Solar System HD 8000M-series is simply a subset of the Sea Islands family, though the upcoming “Mars” chip (likely used in the HD 8970M) is built using an entirely different design.
With that off the table, AMD confirmed previous reports and reiterated that they don’t intend to release a new desktop graphics series for the time being. Through the first half of 2013 expect the high-end product stack (the HD 7900-series and HD 7800-series) to remain unchanged while the HD 7970 GHz Edition will continue on as their fastest single GPU card throughout 2013.
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