Report: AMD Launching Radeon HD 6000 Oct. 18

AMD will be launching its new generation of GPUs soon enough – that much was never in question. What's been secretive is when. Reports are now coming that the official launch will happen on or around October 18.

Nordic Hardware's sources claim that AMD will be launching the Radeon HD on October 18 (or October 19, depending on time zone) with the following specifications:

(Image credit: Nordic Hardware)


The Radeon HD 6870 will supposedly be a complete reference product that vendors will simply brand themselves with flashy stickers and fierce sounding names.  On the other hand, the Radeon HD 6850 will be open for OEMs to customize their designs with layout changes and fancy cooling solutions.

Remember that this is still unofficial and AMD isn't providing any comment.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Is that chart right? Should'nt it say 6750, 6770. That cant be right.
  • karma831
    It would really suck if they actually do change up the naming scheme of their lineup.
  • ares1214
    Charts pretty fake...atleast from what i can tell. At the place they got it from, it lists the 5770 with 256 bit...if they cant get current gen specs right, how can they get future gen? Also, if 960 shaders is equivalent to or above 1440 shaders on cypress, then 1920 shaders on Cayman would be WAY too powerful. Math just doesnt add up IMO...
  • Nesto1000
    Dam! And I just bought me a 5770!
    I should have waited...
  • weatherdude
    'Better than 5830' and 'Better than 5850' for the 6850 and 6870 respectively? Well I would certainly hope so unless AMD decided to throw their naming convention into the wind.
  • one-shot
    There are too many rumors out right now. Some say October, some say November. Lets just wait and see.
  • kopetzki
    the naming scheme is right, the 68xx will be comparable to the 57xx series
  • dj1001
    Chart is wrong
    should be 6750 for Barts pro
    and 6770 for Barts XT
  • sportsfanboy
    I've seen this crazy naming scheme on more than one website, I think it's correct. What they were thinking when they picked the names is another story. It should be 67 series= old 57 series, 68 and so on. Really dumb.
  • arunloveshacking
    Oooh fantastic... The only way nVidia can compete with this is through " Paper Dragon 2011" :)( Like they did with fermi for 5000 series launch ).

    Go nVidia( out of GPU market )