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Report: AMD's Volcanic Islands to be Called Radeon R-200

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New information has surfaced regarding a new naming system for AMD's upcoming Volcanic Islands graphics cards.

While earlier we heard that AMD would be shuffling the naming scheme for (some) of its Kabini APUs, it appears now that AMD might be doing the same thing for its upcoming Volcanic Islands graphics cards.

A report from VideoCardz, based on a GPU-Z validation from TechPowerUp, indicates that the Volcanic Islands series will be classified as the R-200 series graphics cards.

The idea is that there would be two parts to the name, a prefix after the R, as well as a three-digit identifier. For example, the R9-series would be the high-end graphics cards, the R8-series would be the high/mid-range graphics cards, R7-series as mid-range graphics cards, and so on. This prefix would remain through the upcoming generations as an identifier for what class the graphics card would be.

The second part of the name would be a three-digit identifier. For example, VideoCardz.com has predicted that the AMD Radeon HD 7970's successor, which we would previously have thought would have been called the Radeon HD 9970, might be called the AMD Radeon R9-285. The successor to that card would then be called the AMD Radeon R9-385. The table below contains a few more of the predictions:

Radeon HD 7000Radeon R-200Radeon R-300
AMD Radeon HD 7990          ->
AMD Radeon R9 290          ->AMD Radeon R9 390
AMD Radeon HD 7970          ->AMD Radeon R9 285          ->AMD Radeon R9 385
AMD Radeon HD 7950          ->AMD Radeon R9 280          ->AMD Radeon R9 380
AMD Radeon HD 7870          ->AMD Radeon R8 275          ->AMD Radeon R8 375
AMD Radeon HD 7850          ->AMD Radeon R8 270          ->AMD Radeon R8 370
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    Yuka , September 6, 2013 7:30 PM
    Oh, man... There goes my "it's over 9000" joke 8(

    WELL, THANK YOU AMD.

    Cheers!
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    aggroboy , September 6, 2013 7:38 PM
    They could just remove the R9/R8, since model numbers 270-390 seems self-explanatory.
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    rolli59 , September 6, 2013 7:18 PM
    Don't forget they both have gone through the 9xxx naming before.
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    anort3 , September 6, 2013 7:10 PM
    Sure would be nice if both AMD and Nvidia would find a naming scheme they like and stick to it. It's getting confusing when they use each others past model names for new cards!
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    016ive , September 6, 2013 7:12 PM
    This sound reasonable as there are only two digits left to mark new series (8xxx-9xxx)
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    rolli59 , September 6, 2013 7:18 PM
    Don't forget they both have gone through the 9xxx naming before.
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    rolli59 , September 6, 2013 7:24 PM
    Don't forget they both have gone through the 9xxx naming before.
  • 13 Hide
    Devoteicon , September 6, 2013 7:27 PM
    I was kind of looking forward to the 4' long Radeon 39990.
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    Yuka , September 6, 2013 7:30 PM
    Oh, man... There goes my "it's over 9000" joke 8(

    WELL, THANK YOU AMD.

    Cheers!
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    aggroboy , September 6, 2013 7:38 PM
    They could just remove the R9/R8, since model numbers 270-390 seems self-explanatory.
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    JeremyCT , September 6, 2013 7:40 PM
    A prefix comes before the root word/term. A suffix comes after. The 9 is a suffix.

    I'm not sure I like the new convention. Too similar to nVidia's, and yet complicated in its own right.
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    phatboe , September 6, 2013 7:40 PM
    I Don't like this new naming scheme, how will I know if this is the current generation or a previous generation model?
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    Pinhedd , September 6, 2013 7:46 PM
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    This sound reasonable as there are only two digits left to mark new series (8xxx-9xxx)


    They already had popular Radeon 8000 and 9000 series cards. They've been off the shelf for more than a decade but I can see why they would want to avoid confusion.

    Oddly enough, the internal codename for the Radeon 8000 and 9000 series GPUs made from 2001 to 2003 was "R200". It looks to me like they've decided to go full circle on the naming conventions.
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    falchard , September 6, 2013 7:53 PM
    I will definitely buy it if they call it the Arrrrrgh -390.

    I wonder what would happen if they use a sane naming convention like G1M9, for Generation 1, Model 9
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    The Indomitable , September 6, 2013 8:12 PM
    This is more confusing than before...
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    tomfreak , September 6, 2013 8:15 PM
    Why cant they just use the 9000 series first b4 deciding to change the name.

    Besides why start @ 200? not 100?
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    hero1 , September 6, 2013 8:41 PM
    Why not start with R8/9-1XX and go from there for future naming headroom?
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    CHINPOCLAVO , September 6, 2013 8:43 PM
    I think the RADEON HD name was good marketing, now it becomes quite confusing.
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    tbq , September 6, 2013 8:50 PM
    A few generations ago I ran a Radeon 7000 video card in my main machine. A few months ago I upgraded my machine to a Radeon 7790. Unless they radically change things I might be getting another Radeon 7xxx series video card in another 10 years.
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    faster23rd , September 6, 2013 9:32 PM
    How about this for a naming scheme? Nouns for the card's targeted market segment which is preceded by adjectives for its performance within its segment.
    Enthusiast: Behemoth
    Mainstream: Brute
    Entry: Fiend
    And within the segment are adjectives such as Agile, Titanic, Turbulent. So when MSi makes a card, they would have a HAWK Titanic Behemoth or an Agile Fiend Power Edition. I know it's a mouthful but AMD's proposed naming scheme is already is, so I don't really care. :) )
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    faster23rd , September 6, 2013 9:35 PM
    How about this for a naming scheme? Nouns for the card's targeted market segment which is preceded by adjectives for its performance within its segment.
    Enthusiast: Behemoth
    Mainstream: Brute
    Entry: Fiend
    And within the segment are adjectives such as Agile, Titanic, Turbulent. So when MSi makes a card, they would have a HAWK Titanic Behemoth or an Agile Fiend Power Edition. I know it's a mouthful but AMD's proposed naming scheme is already is, so I don't really care. :) )
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    faster23rd , September 6, 2013 9:36 PM
    How about this for a naming scheme? Nouns for the card's targeted market segment which is preceded by adjectives for its performance within its segment.
    Enthusiast: Behemoth
    Mainstream: Brute
    Entry: Fiend
    And within the segment are adjectives such as Agile, Titanic, Turbulent. So when MSi makes a card, they would have a HAWK Titanic Behemoth or an Agile Fiend Power Edition. I know it's a mouthful but AMD's proposed naming scheme is already is, so I don't really care. :) )
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    shikamaru31789 , September 6, 2013 9:40 PM
    I saw that the Volcanic Islands wikipedia page had been updated with this naming scheme a few days ago, with no source, makes me wonder if this rumor actually originated from some troll messing with wikipedia.

    I guess this naming scheme is ok, but it does seem kind of complicated compared to the previous naming scheme. I can't wait for the new cards though, I really hope that AMD does a good job on price/performance, and I really hope they go in all guns blazing with some major Fall game releases added to the Never Settle bundle.
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