Originally Posted by sebkow
8000 series failed testing trust me I know lol
Coming from a future lawyer and one who had two chemists as parents, I'm sorry but I'll never believe something like that comment without some kind of linked proof.
IMO, they updated the 7000 series and re-branded them as 8000s to go with the Centurion processors in pre-fab builds for performance vendors, and the real next GPU core design will be the 9000s, what we were all expecting to be the 8000 series a year and a half ago. Even though the 780 performs about 10-15% better than the 7970, most people other than die-hard Team Green fans won't buy them when you compare a $650-700 price tag to 10 or 15 % less performance for $375-425, so AMD had no true need or justification to launch a new architecture or core for the 8000 series when they can stay competitive by just re-branding and beefing up the 7970, same as the GTX 760 and 770 are just re-branded the 670s and 680s. So really, in the current market there's not much reason for them to make the 8000 series anything more than a beefed up 7000 series re-brand. In a way it's much more likely we can blame NVidia's move with the 760 and the 770 for the reasons AMD revamped their release plans for the next gen of GPUs.