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Report: AMD's Next-Gen "Hawaii" GPU to Launch in October

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DigiTimes' sources in the "upstream supply chain" have reported that AMD's new top-end "Hawaii" GPU will be launched in October 2013.

According to a report from DigiTimes' sources in the "upstream supply chain," AMD will launch its next generation high-end "Hawaii" GPU in October with Asus, MSI and PowerColor expected to start mass shipments of "related products" in the same month.

Though we don't usually attach much weight to rumors of future product releases, we're strongly inclined to consider this as credible since AMD has been cutting prices of its Radeon HD 7000 series graphics cards and is hosting a "technical showcase" in Hawaii next month. It's also worth noting that although DigiTimes hasn't specified when in October these new graphics cards will arrive, we're willing to speculate that it will be available during this year's holiday season, and it might even arrive in time for the launch of Battlefield 4 on October 29, 2013.

Aside from previous rumors that the Hawaii GPU would retail at $600 and compete with the Nvidia GTX Titan, there's very little information available about AMD's new top-end GPU; we'll have to wait to see what it has to offer.

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    JOSHSKORN , August 22, 2013 8:26 PM
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    What about the GTX 800 series!??! I NEED TO KNOW!!THANKS!!!

    Q1 2014. I just Googled it for you.

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    unionoob , August 22, 2013 8:31 PM
    GTX 800 I suppose will be somewhere next year because GTX 700 was release not too long ago.
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    dark_wizzie , August 22, 2013 8:35 PM
    Most likely no 800 series this year, remember 700 came out this year not too long ago. Scheduled for next year.

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    jimmysmitty , August 22, 2013 8:49 PM
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    Forget Hawaiian Islands, I want a GTX 790 or a Titan Ultra:

    NVIDIA to launch more cards this year, Maxwell in Q1 2014
    http://videocardz.com/45403/nvidia-to-launch-more-cards-this-year-maxwell-in-q1-2014

    Now there's a news story.


    If we consider the costs of a Titan then a GTX 790 would have to be more than $1K and there is no reason to spend more than $1K on a GPU with less VRAM than the Titan. Same with the Titan Ultra.

    Its either that or NVidia drops the pricing of the GTX780, the Titan and then releases the GTX790 at near $1K.

    Still I am a bit excited to see what HI does but not sure its worth the upgrade from the HD7970GHz. Will probably have to wait till Maxwell/PI for a real worth while upgrade since the GTX 700 series is not worth it.
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    unionoob , August 22, 2013 8:54 PM
    I am interested to know, will this be HD 8000 or actually HD 9000 as rumored before. I really hope that this generation cards will be really powerful :) 
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    aggroboy , August 22, 2013 9:03 PM
    Will this be 28nm or 20nm?
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    laststop311 , August 22, 2013 9:03 PM
    GTX 800 wont come out until 20nm is ready. Nvidia has already stated the only way they get performance gains from 28nm is with larger dies and higher power usage everything else is tapped out for 28nm. They will not release maxwell until the chip makers are ready with finfet 20nm. So if Radeon 8000 is coming out this soon it's going to be on 28nm still and since the 7000 already are pretty big with high power consumption the performance gains cannot be very much. Radeon 8000 is going to be very unspectacular.

    I don't think gtx 800 will be q1 2014 as 20nm wont be ready for mass production yet. Im thinking q3-q4 2014 for gtx 800 maxwell and around the same time or a little later for the 20nm radeons. That's when gpu upgrades will be worth it.
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    m32 , August 22, 2013 9:04 PM
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    Forget Hawaiian Islands, I want a GTX 790 or a Titan Ultra:

    NVIDIA to launch more cards this year, Maxwell in Q1 2014
    http://videocardz.com/45403/nvidia-to-launch-more-cards-this-year-maxwell-in-q1-2014

    Now there's a news story.


    I don't click on stories I don't want. Cool story that you have. :bounce: 
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    smeezekitty , August 22, 2013 9:16 PM
    Besides the NV fanboys changing the subject to discuss a series that is quite a ways off, I am personally curious about the 9000 series.

    I wonder how many compute units it will have.
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    bustapr , August 22, 2013 9:22 PM
    AMD is a bit late with this gen considering nvidia has a few months on them already, but if the next gen is as good as rumored, then nvidias kind of screwed. a $600 gpu that competes with titan, yikes!
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    Ranth , August 22, 2013 9:29 PM
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    AMD is a bit late with this gen considering nvidia has a few months on them already, but if the next gen is as good as rumored, then nvidias kind of screwed. a $600 gpu that competes with titan, yikes!


    Considering Nvidia only released 2 cards that wasn't already released I woulnd't call it next gen to be honest...
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    IndignantSkeptic , August 22, 2013 9:54 PM
    You guys are all so funny. Whenever a new processor is announced, you all say basically all the same exact things everytime with just the specification numbers different.
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    rolli59 , August 22, 2013 10:04 PM
    Looking forward to see the release reviews.
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    expl0itfinder , August 22, 2013 10:13 PM
    It will be great to see how these cards will stack up against the 700 series in terms of price/performance.
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    tomfreak , August 22, 2013 11:37 PM
    I am waiting the next gen release, so I can buy another Radeon 7790 @ price cut level to crossfire.
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    Heironious , August 23, 2013 12:19 AM
    Of course in October...Battlefield 4 comes out October 29th. Beta is earlier. Gotta sell em cards so people can play smoothly.
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    Mas3nk0 , August 23, 2013 1:19 AM
    What should be considered high-end Hawaii GPU's?

    Would this be like Nvidia GTX 780 and GTX 770 which were released in a week time from eachother with the GTX 760 following a good month later?

    In AMD terms would this than mean that we can expect a R9-D970 closely followed by a R9-D950 based on Hawaii XT with limited availability at the start of October for BF4 customers while lower tiers of the Hawaii chip such as the PRO and LT will come a month later?
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    jezus53 , August 23, 2013 1:26 AM
    Hey Tom's. Can you do an article comparing the performance of much older cards than the previous gen? Like run a 5850, 6950, 7950, and the 8950/9950 to see the performance gains over time with cards in the same category? I think that would be a very interesting read since a small minority can afford to upgrade every gen or even every other and you can't really compare older cards because of different benchmarks and drivers.
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    Aoyagi , August 23, 2013 2:00 AM
    "Asus, MSI and PowerColor"

    So does that mean they ditched Sapphire as the 'main' one?
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