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Report: AMD's Volcanic Islands GPUs Launching in October Without HD 8000 Branding

ChinaDIY has reported that AMD’s next-generation “Volcanic Islands” GPUs will be launched in October at the beginning of Q4 2013 and will not be released with the Radeon HD 8000 series branding.

This report is, of course, unconfirmed and highly speculative since we don’t have any information on these upcoming GPUs except for the codenames found in a leaked Catalyst driver last month.  

This being said, the October release date is certainly plausible since Nvidia has launched its new 700 series GPUs, and Roy Taylor (AMD’s VP of Global Channel Sales) previously hinted that Battlefield 4 (which releases on October 29) may be included in a future Never Settle: Reloaded bundle and would be an ideal flagship title for the company’s new graphics cards.

  • unknown9122
    8000 series is fine. 9000 series on the other hand is kind of odd.
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  • asukafan2001
    Yes, this way they can continue to give up market share to nvidia by running dated 2 year old software. Any wonder why intel crushed AMD out of the enthusiast market.
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  • unksol
    11096208 said:
    Yes, this way they can continue to give up market share to nvidia by running dated 2 year old software. Any wonder why intel crushed AMD out of the enthusiast market.

    I'm sorry but are you high? They certainly dint have 2year old software and have made great strides in their drivers. The only issue is crossfire. And lets face it. Nvidia had to do a power hungry refresh of the 680 and call it a 770 just to lower the price. And it still only ties a 7970GHz, which is cheaper and has free games. Nvidia just can't get it together.

    Obviously no one should believe anytime coming from China....
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  • bison88
    AMD crushed itself out of the enthusiast market, pretty much all CPU markets. The buyout of ATI and investing in the Fusion architecture was a HUGE gamble that still hasn't seen AMD any fruits of its labor. Time will tell, but yeah given it wont be on 20nm it makes you wonder they the hell AMD didn't release it on schedule to begin with.

    Sea Islands the original refresh (HD 8000) was canceled apparently and now Volcanic Islands (HD 9000 entirely new architecture) has become a refresh. AMD's roadmaps are all screwed up on both CPU and GPU side of things.
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  • The Indomitable
    11096208 said:
    Yes, this way they can continue to give up market share to nvidia by running dated 2 year old software. Any wonder why intel crushed AMD out of the enthusiast market.
    AMD's mentality for GPU's is just like "we don't even care anymore" and when they do decide to release something it crushes Nvidia's rival.
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  • renz496
    will wait for official announcement from amd themselves. first it was Q4 last year. then Q2 this year. after amd own denial earlier this year now new rumor suggest this year Q4 when amd already states that 7970 ghz will remain their top offering throughout the year.

    at this point is it wrong for me thinking this rumor might statred by amd themselves to hold people back from pulling the trigger on competitor product?
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  • aggroboy
    11096272 said:
    The buyout of ATI and investing in the Fusion architecture was a HUGE gamble that still hasn't seen AMD any fruits of its labor.
    By fruits you mean X1 APU, PS4 APU, Trinity, Richland and Kaveri
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  • Blazer1985
    Fusion is still interesting but they need either to develop something like cuda or to promote / ease the use of opencl. Without gpgpu for fp operations fusion is sadly going nowhere.
    @BrianaDestiny, just because your name sound like a pornstar's one it doesn't mean that you are allowed to spam :-)
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  • wdmfiber
    Everyone just needs to relax; this is good new! Currently TSCM pumps out the chips fpr both nVidia and AMD. When is comes right down to it, all the curent 28nm GPU's are very similar. The graphical power of the GPU's is very proportional to the watts they consume. And it's all old 2011 tech. Sure the yeilds are good now and clocks speeds have increased. But I'll be happy to toss my 28nm GPU in the eWaste. Looking foward to 250 watts of 20nm tech!!
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  • asukafan2001
    11096259 said:
    11096208 said:
    Yes, this way they can continue to give up market share to nvidia by running dated 2 year old software. Any wonder why intel crushed AMD out of the enthusiast market.

    I'm sorry but are you high? They certainly dint have 2year old software and have made great strides in their drivers. The only issue is crossfire. And lets face it. Nvidia had to do a power hungry refresh of the 680 and call it a 770 just to lower the price. And it still only ties a 7970GHz, which is cheaper and has free games. Nvidia just can't get it together.

    Obviously no one should believe anytime coming from China....

    well the 7970 was released 2011 its 2013 now thats about 2 years old. Secondly its not cheaper then a 770 its in the same price range give or take 10 dollars as a standard hd7970. and a 770 is much better then the standard 7970. The 7970ghz edition starts at 450 which is 50 dollars more then a 770.

    Crossfire is still riddled with micro-stutter while SLI has had that fixed for years. ATI Radeons are great from a production standpoint as they can crush it using opencl, however from gaming standpoint radeon is still day late and a dollar short on up to date drivers.

    The free games is moot as if your buying a gpu of this size to play games you already own most if not all of the games they are giving away. Bioshock, farcry 3, tomb raider, sleeping dogs, not exactly brand new games, crysis 3 is good for benchmarking but is far a worthwhile shooter long term.

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