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AMD Radeon HD 9970 Specifications Speculations

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New details have come to light regarding the flagship HD 9970 part from AMD.

Some new information has been leaked regarding AMD's HD 9970 GPU, the flagship part of the Volcanic Island series. According to Softpedia, the lineup of 9000-series GPUs will still launch this year.

The information revealed is that the Volcanic Islands GPUs will be baked on a 20 nm lithography and be designed to have Gate-Last transistors.

Specifications for the HD 9970 include 4096 stream processors, four geometry engines, 256 TMUs, 16 serial processing units, and 64 ROPs. Memory will be driven through a 512-bit memory bus, and GDDR5 memory.

While there has been no official word, it appears that the HD 8000 series GPUs will be skipped entirely for desktops.

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    Achoo22 , May 10, 2013 3:49 AM
    Absolutely nothing they leak is going to tantalize me until they start talking about pricing.
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    sarinaide , May 10, 2013 3:43 AM
    Twice the HD7970's resources on a more efficient node, then a whole lot of serial processors to go with it.
    Shut up and take my money.
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    wanderer11 , May 10, 2013 3:44 AM
    Does this mean 8xxx will only be rebranded for OEMs?
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    Matsushima , May 10, 2013 3:07 AM
    Great to hear that it will be released sometime in 2013. I hope they will not rebadge the low-end (6450>7450/7470 6570>7570 5450>7350 6670>7670) models this time.
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    sarinaide , May 10, 2013 3:43 AM
    Twice the HD7970's resources on a more efficient node, then a whole lot of serial processors to go with it.
    Shut up and take my money.
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    wanderer11 , May 10, 2013 3:44 AM
    Does this mean 8xxx will only be rebranded for OEMs?
  • 32 Hide
    Achoo22 , May 10, 2013 3:49 AM
    Absolutely nothing they leak is going to tantalize me until they start talking about pricing.
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    Nephilim_17 , May 10, 2013 3:56 AM
    amazing!
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    aggroboy , May 10, 2013 4:05 AM
    The chip is called Hawaii, and the actual Hawaii Islands were formed by volcanic activity.
    Hopefully Steamroller will be out around the same time to form a dream pair.
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    Giordano Squadroni , May 10, 2013 4:16 AM
    This is Amd 8000 series:
    http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/8000/pages/8000-series.aspx#2
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    alyoshka , May 10, 2013 4:18 AM
    Are you sure about the news.....
    Seems TPU's very reliable btarunr has a little something different to say about this and a little before you named if as the 9XXX Series.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/183704/amds-answer-to-geforce-gtx-700-series-volcanic-islands.html
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    Steveymoo , May 10, 2013 4:30 AM
    Why bother skipping a generation naming convention? Is this meant to be a cheap trick to fool fools?
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    blubbey , May 10, 2013 4:37 AM
    So essentially it's a 7990 on a single GPU? Hopefully every other card is improved that much (mostly double in specs, like streams and TMU's). So iirc that'd be a 9750 being about a 7850 and a 9850 being about a 7970. Do want.
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    khaledegy200 , May 10, 2013 4:39 AM
    According to this, the HD 9990 will have a 1024-bit memory bus O.o??!!!!!!
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    blubbey , May 10, 2013 4:39 AM
    @Steveymoo - maybe because the 8k series is (probably) just for OEM? Or maybe they're just skipping sea islands altogether.
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    CaedenV , May 10, 2013 4:55 AM
    Big steps are super important. 4K is coming very quickly, and we are all going to be needing much more GPU horsepower in order to use it.
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    scook9 , May 10, 2013 5:00 AM
    I just hope they are putting as much effort into improving their drivers.....
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    sarinaide , May 10, 2013 5:08 AM
    The 8000 branding has been saturated by Richland, Mobile graphics and OEM parts.
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    tbaracu , May 10, 2013 5:21 AM
    i know that TSMC announced few days ago that their 20 nm will be ready for production only in 2014. So, now we are sure that the fab for GPU HD8xxx will be Globalfoundries with planar transistor
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    x3style , May 10, 2013 5:32 AM
    "While there has been no official word, it appears that the HD 8000 series GPUs will be skipped entirely for desktops."
    BECAUSE IT HAS TO BE OVER 9000!!!!
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    turtile , May 10, 2013 5:53 AM
    This looks like a server processor to me... not a normal GPU.
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    wdmfiber , May 10, 2013 5:54 AM
    Steamroller, lol.
    Have some respect for this GPU! Sandybridge(or newer) i7.
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    shafe88 , May 10, 2013 6:00 AM
    "Volcanic Islands GPUs will be baked on a 20 nm lithography" Now only if they could get their CPU's and APU's baked on 20nm lithography to compete with Intel's 22nm processors.
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