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AMD Launching 'Volcanic Islands' GPUs in 2013

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AMD's next generation "Volcanic Islands" GPUs will be arriving later this year.

Rage3D recently went on a tour of AMD’s Austin Campus and sat down with the company’s CPU Architect, Jim Keller, and its Business Transformation Officer (BTO), Checkib Akrout. The discussion covered the company's future plans, its new CPU architectures, and provided the long awaited confirmation that the “Volcanic Islands” GPUs will arrive this year.

 “The Sea Islands codename encompasses the PS4 chip, as well as the new mobile chips announced at CES, and the Bonaire GPU found in the Radeon HD 7790. I bring this up because it shows the people inside AMD continue to work hard, long hours to deliver great products amongst the turmoil shown in the press.

The next generation of graphics cards -- Volcanic Islands -- is coming this year and shaping up nicely. When you name products after places, it leads to interesting thoughts about where to hold events surrounding that namesake product. Typically places that are cheap to get travel to internationally for a worldwide congregation are preferred, so I'm off to renew my passport on the off chance I'm headed to Reykjavik later this summer. But I sure as hell wouldn't complain about being sent to Honolulu, either.”

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    vmem , May 9, 2013 9:48 AM
    hmm, Nvidia rebranding current products and selling the only new tech at extreme price points (Titan at $1k, 780 rumored to be $699...). if AMD comes out with new architecture, it can potentially rival the 780 or even the Titan at a much lower price point. plus with all the extra game optimizations they'll have due to new consoles, I think AMD's got a nice set up to dominate the graphics market for the coming year
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    nvidiamd , May 9, 2013 9:24 AM
    this is a good move. nvidia will be rebranding their cards, while amd will give new architecture to the market. so those who got gtx 400/500 and radeon 5000/6000 will be choosing amd :) 
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    bison88 , May 9, 2013 9:20 AM
    None of this makes sense, or are they just removing Sea Islands (HD 8xxx Series) from the lineup since it got delayed and pushing straight to Volcanic Islands (HD 9xxx Series) that was due in 2014?
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    nvidiamd , May 9, 2013 9:24 AM
    this is a good move. nvidia will be rebranding their cards, while amd will give new architecture to the market. so those who got gtx 400/500 and radeon 5000/6000 will be choosing amd :) 
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    Novuake , May 9, 2013 9:34 AM
    Now this was out of the blue, was not expecting next gen GPUs until at least Christmas and now both AMD and Nvidia seemed to be hinting at an earlier release!
    Boojaah!
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    Novuake , May 9, 2013 9:37 AM
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    None of this makes sense, or are they just removing Sea Islands (HD 8xxx Series) from the lineup since it got delayed and pushing straight to Volcanic Islands (HD 9xxx Series) that was due in 2014?


    This is not the first time this has happened. Besides, Sea Island is out there in mobile GPUs and on the HD7790. So yeah, don't know what you on about?
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    DRosencraft , May 9, 2013 9:40 AM
    This would be awesome if it pans out. It could easily have been a misstatement, but hopefully that's not the case since I was just thinking about when to start looking to upgrade from my 6950.
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    vmem , May 9, 2013 9:48 AM
    hmm, Nvidia rebranding current products and selling the only new tech at extreme price points (Titan at $1k, 780 rumored to be $699...). if AMD comes out with new architecture, it can potentially rival the 780 or even the Titan at a much lower price point. plus with all the extra game optimizations they'll have due to new consoles, I think AMD's got a nice set up to dominate the graphics market for the coming year
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    Novuake , May 9, 2013 9:49 AM
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    hmm, Nvidia rebranding current products and selling the only new tech at extreme price points (Titan at $1k, 780 rumored to be $699...). if AMD comes out with new architecture, it can potentially rival the 780 or even the Titan at a much lower price point. plus with all the extra game optimizations they'll have due to new consoles, I think AMD's got a nice set up to dominate the graphics market for the coming year


    As usual it will probably not pan out that way... Besides no competition can go to AMDs head too...
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    vmem , May 9, 2013 9:50 AM
    plus, there's leaked info on TPU and I think Guru that indicate the volcanic island flagship (9970?) may well have twice the performance of 7970 if specs are any indication:
    http://www.techpowerup.com/183704/amds-answer-to-geforce-gtx-700-series-volcanic-islands.html
    I'm ogling at those 4096 processing units lol
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    Novuake , May 9, 2013 9:52 AM
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    plus, there's leaked info on TPU and I think Guru that indicate the volcanic island flagship (9970?) may well have twice the performance of 7970 if specs are any indication:
    http://www.techpowerup.com/183704/amds-answer-to-geforce-gtx-700-series-volcanic-islands.html
    I'm ogling at those 4096 processing units lol


    For once I actually think this could be true... Double performance, no. That many stream processors, yes.

    Since Nvidia is cramming so many CUDA cores into their top tier card and the claiming supremacy(makes me think of Volkswagen stunt with the Bugatti Veyron that almost bankrupt them), why should AMD not do the same?
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    vmem , May 9, 2013 9:56 AM
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    For once I actually think this could be true... Double performance, no. That many stream processors, yes.

    Since Nvidia is cramming so many CUDA cores into their top tier card and the claiming supremacy(makes me think of Volkswagen stunt with the Bugatti Veyron that almost bankrupt them), why should AMD not do the same?


    I fully understand your skepticism about the performance and my rational side tells me that you're right. but a man can dream right? :p 

    as for the Titan, it was a terrible stunt, and I'm hoping AMD corrects this with the volcanic islands series and prices things correctly. it would be terrible if top-tier performance suddenly becomes $1000 rather than $400-500... the dollar did not depreciate that fast over the last year...
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    Novuake , May 9, 2013 9:58 AM
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    I fully understand your skepticism about the performance and my rational side tells me that you're right. but a man can dream right? :p 

    as for the Titan, it was a terrible stunt, and I'm hoping AMD corrects this with the volcanic islands series and prices things correctly. it would be terrible if top-tier performance suddenly becomes $1000 rather than $400-500... the dollar did not depreciate that fast over the last year...


    Agreed. LOL well lets see how AMD prices those ~4000 stream processors...
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    tului , May 9, 2013 9:59 AM
    My 7970 took a dump about a month ago and I got a 7790 to hold me over. Glad to hear this, I'll sell the 7790 and grab whatever the new stuff is.
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    Novuake , May 9, 2013 10:01 AM
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    My 7970 took a dump about a month ago and I got a 7790 to hold me over. Glad to hear this, I'll sell the 7790 and grab whatever the new stuff is.


    Uh the HD7xxx series is not old enough for your warranty expire? So WTF?
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    rmpumper , May 9, 2013 10:17 AM
    Would be great to get Steamroller around the same time as the new GPUs.
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    lpedraja2002 , May 9, 2013 10:44 AM
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    None of this makes sense, or are they just removing Sea Islands (HD 8xxx Series) from the lineup since it got delayed and pushing straight to Volcanic Islands (HD 9xxx Series) that was due in 2014?


    Didn't you read the article?

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    The Sea Islands codename encompasses the PS4 chip, as well as the new mobile chips announced at CES, and the Bonaire GPU found in the Radeon HD 7790.



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    sarinaide , May 9, 2013 10:47 AM
    The HD7970 improved resources by around 20-25% over the HD6970 and achieved on average gaming performance boost of about 45%. The HD9970 at least doubles the HD7970's resources on a more efficient 20nm node and adds serial compute units 8x that of the 7970 and 2x the PS4's. Make no mistake this will be the fastest single graphics card by a long shot this say hypothetical gains is 2x the 7970GE performance that is at least 50% faster than the Titan and will be on a more efficient node.
    The reports out is that the 780 is weaker than the Titan (obviously) and the 770 is roughly on par with the 7970GE. This leaves thought that if AMD doubles up throughout all SKU's a midlevel HD9850/70 should give the GTX780 a good run.
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    lpedraja2002 , May 9, 2013 11:47 AM
    I'm interested if AMD will continue to use the 1,000 number range once they get past the 9xxx series. I can't imagine an AMD 10970, it looks fugly as hell.
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    blubbey , May 9, 2013 11:49 AM
    Launch like South. Isl? As in, paper launch around Christmas then the actual release later. Also I hope they double everything's specs. A 7750 equiv (9750 or w/e) with the same specs as a 7850 drawing all power from pci-e? Dayuuummm.
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    Wisecracker , May 9, 2013 1:10 PM

    Rumor has it, boys and girls, that the next-gen Radeons will be at 20nm and optimized for 'Onion and Garlic' on the 'heterogeneous arch' ...
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    hero1 , May 9, 2013 1:12 PM
    So this is for sure pegged to arrive at the end of 4th quarter. So December launch. It will be interesting to see some leaked shots and benchmarks couple months from now to confirm their existence. This series, if the numbers are true, will definitely make Nvidia change their minds and bring Maxwell sooner, 2nd quarter next year.
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