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Rumoured AMD Radeon HD 8000 Specifications Leak Online

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Specifications and pricing information on the Radeon HD 8000 series discrete desktop graphics cards have been leaked on the Chiphell forums.

A user from the Chiphell forums has leaked some of the specifications of the Radeon HD 8000 series discrete graphics cards. While previously we were under the impression that AMD was skipping the HD 8000 number for discrete desktop graphics cards, going straight to the HD 9000 numbering, the post on Chiphell seems to contradict this thought. Nonetheless, the specifications leaked are those of the HD 8970, HD 8950, HD 8870, and HD 8850.

Starting off with the high-end tier, the HD 8970 will be based on the Curacao XT core, which will carry 2304 stream processors, 144 TMUs, 48 ROPs, a core clock speed of 1100 MHz, and 6 GB of GDDR5 memory running over a 384-bit memory interface at an effective speed of 7.0 GHz. According to the post, it will outperform the Radeon HD 7970 by about 35 percent. The card might have a TDP of 250 W.

Moving on, the Radeon HD 8950 will be based on the Hainan XT core. This core will feature notably fewer stream processors, with the tally hitting 1,792. Beyond that it will feature 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, a base clock speed of 1200 MHz, and 5 GB of GDDR5 memory running over a 256-bit memory interface at an effective speed of 7.0 GHz. The card will have a TDP of 190 W. Compared to the Radeon HD 7970, it will perform about 10 percent better.

Going down a tier, the HD 8870 will pack the Hainan Pro core. This core features 1536 stream processors, 96 TMUs, 32 ROPs, a base clock speed of 1100 MHz, and be paired with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory running over a  256-bit memory interface at an effective speed of 6.0 GHz. When pitted against the Radeon HD 7870, it will outperform it by a staggering 40 percent. This will be accomplished by a TDP of 160 W.

Lastly, the Radeon HD 8850 will be based on the Hainan LE core, which will feature 1280 stream processors, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs, a base clock of 1000 MHz, and 2 GB of GDDR5 memory also running over a 256-bit memory interface at an effective speed of 6.0 GHz. It is expected to outperform the Radeon HD 7870 by about 15 percent.

All of the graphics cards will be based on the GCN 2.0 architecture. Pricing is listed as follows: $229, $299, $399, and $599 for the HD 8850, HD 8870, HD 8950, and HD 8970, respectively. The post also indicates that the cards will be released sometime during Q3 2013.

Do note, all of these specifications and pricing information have been pulled straight from the forum post, and thus remain a rumor and possibly false until verified. Be sure to take it all with a grain of salt.

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    phatboe , May 29, 2013 8:14 PM
    "A user from the Chiphell forums has leaked..."
    I stopped reading right there
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    phatboe , May 29, 2013 8:14 PM
    "A user from the Chiphell forums has leaked..."
    I stopped reading right there
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    dragonsqrrl , May 29, 2013 8:19 PM
    Nvidia will have to make some extreme price adjustments on the Titan and 780 (and likely the rest of their upcoming lineup) if this leak is accurate. But that's a big 'if'. It's not difficult to pick out some peculiarities in the 'leaked' specs, such as the 5GB of GDDR5 over a 256-bit interface on the HD8950. While this is possible in theory, there's practically no reason to do it in this context. I imagine 4GB would already be more than sufficient for any gaming load out there.
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    Au_equus , May 29, 2013 8:25 PM
    if the performance rumor is true, the 8970 will go toe to toe with the titan. if the price is also true, then the price on the titan will be less stratopheric, come down to earth and bring down the price of the gtx 700 series with it.
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    Au_equus , May 29, 2013 8:25 PM
    big IFs though...
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    naihan , May 29, 2013 8:33 PM
    6 GB on the 8970?! Slash that in half and save me some money!
  • 4 Hide
    ingtar33 , May 29, 2013 8:45 PM
    Considering AMD is skipping the 8xxx series I'd call this bs
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    Draconian , May 29, 2013 8:52 PM
    I wish Nvidia would put more RAM on their cards. 2 GB and 3 GB on $500 cards ain't cutting it anymore!
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    Draconian , May 29, 2013 8:55 PM
    And the Xbox One is now obsolete.
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    Immaculate , May 29, 2013 9:42 PM
    7950 384-bit. 8950 256-bit .. fake
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    lazykoala , May 29, 2013 10:03 PM
    This looks very rumor-ish and pretty much a fantasy. If it is true though, those are some very reasonable prices for the performance and would cut into Nvidia's market quite nicely.
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    aibenq , May 29, 2013 10:29 PM
    well, true or not, I try browse AMD site via Wikipedia, and found that all HD8XXX series is targeted for OEM Desktop manufacture... so looks like that HD8XXX is available for OEM build only... so we only can say that to get HD8XXX cards, we must buy ASUS ROG desktop build, for example...
    and if there release as not OEM parts, well we just wait and see if these rumor true or not... but stated on AMD Site, seems HD8XXX is only for OEM manufacture....
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    ingtar33 , May 29, 2013 10:38 PM
    Quote:
    well, true or not, I try browse AMD site via Wikipedia, and found that all HD8XXX series is targeted for OEM Desktop manufacture... so looks like that HD8XXX is available for OEM build only... so we only can say that to get HD8XXX cards, we must buy ASUS ROG desktop build, for example...
    and if there release as not OEM parts, well we just wait and see if these rumor true or not... but stated on AMD Site, seems HD8XXX is only for OEM manufacture....


    the 8xxx series that you see on wiki is just a refresh of the 7xxx series... they just re-branded them 8xxx so the OEMs could claim they have top of the line cards.

    there is no new 8xxx series. AMD is skipping it and going straight to the 9xxx series in the fall.
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    chimonow , May 29, 2013 10:54 PM
    Either way, We already know that core for core!, Nvidia wins! Memory bandwidth is what kill the 600 series! We have already seen that happen with the GTX 650 Ti to the GTX 650 Ti boost! Really all Nvidia had to do with the NEW generation was open that up a bit to 384-bit to defeat any AMD card! But they went a step further with 'Titan' in adding twice the stream processors as a GTX 670! Unless AMD moves down to 20nm, Nvidia has already won! Just look at the GTX 780!
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    sarinaide , May 29, 2013 11:00 PM
    Nowhere did AMD ever say they were skipping the HD8000 series nor did they say it was exclussive to OEM rebrands or iGPU solution brandings, if so I was not directly told about this from my AMD liaison. This makes perfect sense as the HD7000 family literally has Nvidia by the balls in every department but drivers (which I hear we are to expect drastic improvements very soon) Nvidia basically abandoning the GTX600 family to go to GTX700 under the pretense that they believed they could undercut AMD sales on what was believed to be a Volcanic Islands release, what this does now is level the field and put more pressure on Nvidia. 35% faster than a HD7970 while I don't agree with that number I will agree on 20-25% but hypothetically if the HD8970 was 35% faster then not only does it crush the Titan, it crushes the GTX780 by a fair margin, at 20-25% I will say its about on par with the 780/Titan or slightly faster.
    I am confused as to why so late if we believe that Sea Islands is out early next year.
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    yyk71200 , May 29, 2013 11:39 PM
    Quote:
    Nowhere did AMD ever say they were skipping the HD8000 series nor did they say it was exclussive to OEM rebrands or iGPU solution brandings, if so I was not directly told about this from my AMD liaison. This makes perfect sense as the HD7000 family literally has Nvidia by the balls in every department but drivers (which I hear we are to expect drastic improvements very soon) Nvidia basically abandoning the GTX600 family to go to GTX700 under the pretense that they believed they could undercut AMD sales on what was believed to be a Volcanic Islands release, what this does now is level the field and put more pressure on Nvidia. 35% faster than a HD7970 while I don't agree with that number I will agree on 20-25% but hypothetically if the HD8970 was 35% faster then not only does it crush the Titan, it crushes the GTX780 by a fair margin, at 20-25% I will say its about on par with the 780/Titan or slightly faster.
    I am confused as to why so late if we believe that Sea Islands is out early next year.


    Here: http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/8000/Pages/8000-series.aspx
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    sarinaide , May 29, 2013 11:45 PM
    That does not imply they will not be making a discrete line based on Sea Islands, that is just listing AMD product line and yes at present the HD8000 is essentially rebranded HD7000 parts, but I stress again AMD have not said anything about not releasing Sea Islands.
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    jdwii , May 29, 2013 11:56 PM
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    Either way, We already know that core for core!, Nvidia wins! Memory bandwidth is what kill the 600 series! We have already seen that happen with the GTX 650 Ti to the GTX 650 Ti boost! Really all Nvidia had to do with the NEW generation was open that up a bit to 384-bit to defeat any AMD card! But they went a step further with 'Titan' in adding twice the stream processors as a GTX 670! Unless AMD moves down to 20nm, Nvidia has already won! Just look at the GTX 780!


    The Titan is so overrated look here http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_780/26.html
    Now the Titan is only 24% faster and than the 7970 Ghz edition now and the 780 is only 17% faster. Its quite possible for Amd to take that down or at least meet that.
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    sarinaide , May 30, 2013 12:04 AM
    The Titan varies from 10%-25% faster depending on the test circumstances so the aggragate is around 15-20% faster while the 780 at times is only marginally faster than the 7970 to as high as 22% but the aggragate is around 15% as well so it is possible that on the same node AMD will achieve 20-25% at least and that would place it on par with Nvidia's top offerings, 35% seems a stretch to me.
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    ujaansona , May 30, 2013 12:43 AM
    Information listed on AMD's website -
    AMD Radeon™ HD 8950 GPU Feature Summary (OEM)
    Up to 925MHz Engine Clock
    3GB GDDR5 Memory
    1250MHz Memory Clock (5.0Gbps GDDR5)
    240GB/s memory bandwidth (maximum)
    3.31 TFLOPs Single Precision compute power
    827 GFLOPs Double Precision compute power
    GCN Architecture
    28 Compute Units (1792 Stream Processors)
    112 Texture Units
    128 Z/Stencil ROP Units
    32 Color ROP Units
    Dual geometry units
    Dual Asynchronous Compute Engines (ACE)
    PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus interface
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