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Supposed AMD Radeon HD 8970 XT Photographed

By - Source: Guru3D | B 35 comments

The Radeon HD 8970 will reportedly feature a 28 nm Curacao XT architecture, a base clock of 1000 MHz and a cut down version of the Radeon HD 7990’s cooler.

A photograph and specification sheet of the unannounced AMD Radeon HD 8970 XT has surfaced on the one and only 4Chan (thus, everything below should be taken with a veritable bucket of salt). The card appears to feature a cut-down version of the Radeon HD 7990’s cooling design that curiously seems to have left between 1/4 and 1/3 uncovered by the two cooling fans.

Also evident from the photo are two CrossFireX goldfingers that will presumably allow up to four HD 8970 XTs to be connected simultaneously and an 8-pin and 6-pin power connector.


Radeon HD 7970

Radeon HD 8970 XT

Core Architecture

28 nm Tahiti XT

28 nm Curacao XT

Base Clock

925 MHz

1000 MHz

Stream Processors

2048

2304

Raster Operators

32

48

TMUS

128

144

Memory

3 GB GDDR5

3 GB GDDR5

Memory Bus

384-bit

384-bit

TDP

210 W

250 W

Launch Price

$549

$549

Though the photograph doesn’t show any obvious signs of fabrication and the specification sheet is certainly reasonable, 4Chan isn’t exactly the most reputable source. We will be waiting for an official confirmation before we give it further consideration.

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    ojas , June 12, 2013 7:15 AM
    True, spec sheet is reasonable. Not sure they'd call it the 8970 XT though, just the 8970.
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    ojas , June 12, 2013 7:15 AM
    True, spec sheet is reasonable. Not sure they'd call it the 8970 XT though, just the 8970.
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    brandonjclark , June 12, 2013 7:15 AM
    Can't wait!
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    outlw6669 , June 12, 2013 7:29 AM
    Not really that much of an improvement if these specs are accurate.
    Hard to believe they would spend all the time engineering and validating a new chip for such a minor bump.
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    catswold , June 12, 2013 8:05 AM
    I am surprised at the level of improvement over the 7970--only about a 14% increase in processors--seems pretty modest to me. Saving the big guns for the 9XXX series?
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    cmartin011 , June 12, 2013 8:10 AM
    Yay! 8970 news lets hope its false lol
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    unknown9122 , June 12, 2013 8:22 AM
    The non-centered coolers are bothering me lol.
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    unknown9122 , June 12, 2013 8:23 AM
    The non-centered coolers are bothering me lol.
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    TheCapulet , June 12, 2013 9:06 AM
    There could be IPC improvements that we can't see on paper. But realistically, this is all speculation anyways at this point. Lets not get excited over something that was spewed out of 4chan.
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    ddpruitt , June 12, 2013 9:33 AM
    Seriously?!?
    Tom's is reporting on rumors from 4chan!
    May as well just guess!!
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    Kamen_BG , June 12, 2013 9:47 AM
    If this holds true then, sadly, AMD won't have a GTX 780 competitor.
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    blubbey , June 12, 2013 10:31 AM
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    If this holds true then, sadly, AMD won't have a GTX 780 competitor.


    If this is true, 12.5% more SP's, TMU's, 50% more ROP's and a higher clock won't be competitive? Won't these increase performance by ~25-35%, which would make it a direct competitor....?
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    gigantor21 , June 12, 2013 10:39 AM
    LOL 4chan. :p 
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    Mike Stewart , June 12, 2013 10:40 AM
    yes but it will murder GTX770 instead.
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    hannibal , June 12, 2013 11:33 AM
    Hmmm... If I remember correctly, the next AMD GPU should have been made with next manufacturing proses and so using smaller production node... Is the TSMC late again... or is this bogus? The idea was to keep the chip at the same size and then increase transistors. Now they are going to make a bigger chip. Not very AMD like thing to do...
    Salt and pepper from here...
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    silverblue , June 12, 2013 11:55 AM
    I think AMD cards have been far too ROP limited for too long now. If this was indeed true, it could reveal performance that they've left untapped, especially with the high-end cards.
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    sincreator , June 12, 2013 11:55 AM
    Looks like that cooler doesn't suit/belong to that card at all. I have had a HD5870 and HD7950 and neither had the power connectors that far off the PCB. Looks easy to break, and sloppy to me.

    5870 http://www.google.ca/search?q=hd+5870&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=fq64UeLhE5Lb4AO6zICIBQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1024&bih=640

    HD7950 http://www.google.ca/search?biw=1024&bih=640&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=hd+7950&oq=hd+7950&gs_l=img.3..0l10.73777.76772.0.77764.8.7.0.1.1.0.180.696.0j5.5.0...0.0...1c.1.17.img.SPSL--W1h34

    It looks like a cooler laid on top of a card that it doesn't fit on. lol
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    Novuake , June 12, 2013 12:21 PM
    210W - 250W. Seems like AMD, lets hope they can keep the 210 thermal ceiling for once in their lives. We really don't need the cards to get any hotter.
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    hetneo , June 12, 2013 12:55 PM
    Quote:
    True, spec sheet is reasonable. Not sure they'd call it the 8970 XT though, just the 8970.


    My guess about XT thing in name is that it's due to the fact that HD 8xxx was announced to be re-badgeing of 7xxx series, thus 8970 sans-XT will be old 7970.
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    redeemer , June 12, 2013 12:59 PM
    Should compete nicely with the GTX 780
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    bobo370 , June 12, 2013 1:53 PM
    Nice, if they release this in 2-3 months we'll have a nice price drop on the 780 (if the 8970 can keep up). Then we'll just have to wait for Maxwell.
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