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Rumor: AMD Baking Radeon HD 7790 on Bonaire XT GPU

By - Source: Fudzilla | B 37 comments

AMD might be releasing the HD 7790 graphics card which may be based on the Bonaire XT GPU.

As stated in our earlier clarification of AMD's 2013 Radeon plans, AMD will be releasing the HD 7790 graphics card in April to bridge the gap between the HD 7770 and HD 7850. Fudzilla further stated that the card would surprisingly be based on the Bonaire XT GPU and therefore be the first AMD GPU to be based on the GCN 2.0 architecture that is expected to power the upcoming HD 8000 series of graphics cards.

Fudzilla also indicated that the HD 7790 will be a very impressive performer, so much so that AMD has apparently asked manufacturers not to release overclocked versions of the card for fear of it surpassing and consequently crippling sales of the HD 7850. This implies that the Bonaire XT GPU holds a lot of potential for overclocking, something that we are always exited to see.

The HD 7790 isn't expected to make an appearance at CeBIT next month, but the company does plan to show off some of its other products to keep customers and shareholders happy.

 

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    Memnarchon , February 26, 2013 9:45 AM
    At last, a competitor for GTX650ti. More competition for them (AMD n Nvidia), less prices for us :D .
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    Bloob , February 26, 2013 12:38 PM
    spentshellsThis card is pointless, 7850 1GB is a monster for 160 dollars, 650ti doesn't touch it, this card will need to be 139 in order to sell

    Meanwhile the 7850 is priced at 220eur and the 7770 at 160eur here. This would be prefect for filling the gap at ~190eur.
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    stickmansam , February 26, 2013 9:17 AM
    Hmm it makes sense to fill in this gap as from 7970 down to 7750 every card is separated by 256 shaders

    2048-1782-1536-1280-1024-640-512
    The original 7770 should have come out around 768 shaders like that engineering sample a while back

    Good thing my 7850 is a great overclocker too :) 
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    Soda-88 , February 26, 2013 9:16 AM
    What are they going to do, ship them without fans to prevent users from overclocking?
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    stickmansam , February 26, 2013 9:17 AM
    Hmm it makes sense to fill in this gap as from 7970 down to 7750 every card is separated by 256 shaders

    2048-1782-1536-1280-1024-640-512
    The original 7770 should have come out around 768 shaders like that engineering sample a while back

    Good thing my 7850 is a great overclocker too :) 
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    Novuake , February 26, 2013 9:34 AM
    AMD what are you doing???
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    icemunk , February 26, 2013 9:34 AM
    Nice, hopefully they price it just right too. $130 would be reasonable I think.
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    Memnarchon , February 26, 2013 9:45 AM
    At last, a competitor for GTX650ti. More competition for them (AMD n Nvidia), less prices for us :D .
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    abbadon_34 , February 26, 2013 9:45 AM
    Sorta of odd, why release it if they have these concerns, especially in the midrange segment? Eh, rumors rumors.
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    tomfreak , February 26, 2013 9:53 AM
    a 192bit 24ROP Pitcrain sold as 7830 would do the trick to pit against the lousy 650ti. Why would they want to bother a new chip?

    Worst of all they would gladly rename/rebrand OEM into HD 8000, but putting a GCN 2.0 as HD7000? I say this is some rumor as fake!
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    faster23rd , February 26, 2013 9:54 AM
    Ha! I was vouching for this in a thread a while back. Anyway, I hope AMD executes this well enough. :) 
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    revo_ever_guys , February 26, 2013 10:44 AM
    Why AMD just release this chip as HD8000 series? Are the HD7k series too good to ditch already???
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    excella1221 , February 26, 2013 11:20 AM
    ^ In a sense, yes?

    On-topic: I hope this is true, the performance gap between the 7770 and the 7850 is quite relative.

    EDIT: I think people are misunderstanding the OC thing - From how I understand it, AMD is just asking manufacturers not to make any factory OC'd 7790; consumers are still of course entitled to OC their cards as much as they want.
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    Non-Euclidean , February 26, 2013 11:31 AM
    Would the card manufacturer listen to AMD's request? Has this happened before?
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    ddpruitt , February 26, 2013 12:06 PM
    I like the fact that AMD is sticking with the 7000s for now. It seems like AMD's decision to leave holes is a smart one, now they're filling out the line with some intriguing cards.
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    spentshells , February 26, 2013 12:18 PM
    This card is pointless, 7850 1GB is a monster for 160 dollars, 650ti doesn't touch it, this card will need to be 139 in order to sell
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    Bloob , February 26, 2013 12:38 PM
    spentshellsThis card is pointless, 7850 1GB is a monster for 160 dollars, 650ti doesn't touch it, this card will need to be 139 in order to sell

    Meanwhile the 7850 is priced at 220eur and the 7770 at 160eur here. This would be prefect for filling the gap at ~190eur.
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    InvalidError , February 26, 2013 12:59 PM
    revo_ever_guysWhy AMD just release this chip as HD8000 series? Are the HD7k series too good to ditch already???

    They probably do not want to make the HD78xx/79xx sound obsolete 6+ months ahead of time by releasing a HD8770. It will likely get re-released as such once the HD8970 comes out.
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    Cataclysm_ZA , February 26, 2013 1:09 PM
    Sounds like AMD might be pulling another 40nm HD4770 on the market to satiate them. IMO, this will be a good move assuming the "HD7790" can overclock and overtake a HD7850. That would be quite something.
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    alidan , February 26, 2013 1:50 PM
    revo_ever_guysWhy AMD just release this chip as HD8000 series? Are the HD7k series too good to ditch already???


    because they dont want the first 8000 card to be a low end card. if this is an 8k it will get rebranded up to an 8k car later on.
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    beerpapasmurph , February 26, 2013 1:58 PM
    Cataclysm_ZASounds like AMD might be pulling another 40nm HD4770 on the market to satiate them. IMO, this will be a good move assuming the "HD7790" can overclock and overtake a HD7850. That would be quite something.


    You literally took the words out of my mouth. This is exactly what ATI(AMD) did with the 4770. Well flipped, the HD 4770 was a die shrink, while the 7790 sounds like its suppose to be GCN 2.0 as stated in the article.

    Soda-88What are they going to do, ship them without fans to prevent users from overclocking?


    You didnt read the article well enough, they do not want "MANUFACTURERS" to overclock the card out of the box for fear of eating into 7850 sells. This might be an interesting little chip for XFIRE.
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    mayankleoboy1 , February 26, 2013 2:13 PM
    The Bonaire Xt is not GCN2.0 . It is basically a bugfix silicon. 5% better silicon, 10% drivers, 10% clock speeds.

    GCN2.0 will be present in HD8xxx series cards, expected to be released in Q4 2013.
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    esrever , February 26, 2013 2:42 PM
    mayankleoboy1The Bonaire Xt is not GCN2.0 . It is basically a bugfix silicon. 5% better silicon, 10% drivers, 10% clock speeds.GCN2.0 will be present in HD8xxx series cards, expected to be released in Q4 2013.

    thats what gnc 2.0 will be. Bonaire is releasing now because AMD doesn't want a full line refresh until it can actually get the next gen APUs out as to create less market fragmentation. GCN 2.0 is likely already done at AMD and they can put it into production at any time. Maybe the high end chips are still being fixed up but they will be able to produce them when they feel like. Only thing about GCN 2.0 is its unlikely to be a huge performance improvement at the high end.
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