AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series: Filtered the possible characteristics.
As usual with a big launch by a manufacturer like AMD, a lot of information is already beginning to leak, in this case about the possible technical characteristics of all the AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series (Sea Islands), the next generation of graphics cards that it will replace the current Radeon HD 7000 Series. Of course, the technical data is simply leaks, it is not official information from AMD, so you have to take this type of information for what it is, leaks.
It’s no mystery that the current AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series graphics cards are performing like a charm, offering great performance in both gaming and GPGPU computing applications, plus AMD has graphics to cover every industry, from high-end with the HD 7970 GHz Edition, down to the low-end with the HD 7750. The next generation of AMD graphics cards, the Radeon HD 8000 Series known as Sea Islands, will theoretically arrive sometime in 2013, it is speculated that it could be during the second trimester.
Normally and before a launch of this level, the manufacturer keeps a lot of secrecy about the technical specifications or performance, so that all the information is produced through leaks that may or may not be true. In this case, the possible technical specifications of all the Radeon HD 8000 Series graphics have been leaked, so we can get an idea of what awaits us with the successors of the Radeon HD 7000 Series, let’s see them.
We start with the Radeon HD 8990 (Venus XTX) which would be the DualGPU solution equipped with two Venux XT cores and a total of 5120 Stream Processors, all with 2×160 TMUs, 2×48 ROPs and a 2x384Bits memory interface. In principle it would have 6GB of GDDR5 memory, although it is also speculated that it could have 12GB of memory. The operating frequencies would be located at 950Mhz for the GPUs and 1250Mhz for its GDDR5 memory.
We went to the Radeon HD 8970 with Venus XT core, which would be the graphics card that would replace the HD 7970, in this case it would have 2560 Stream Processors, 160 TMUs, 48 ROPs, a 348-Bit memory interface and 3GB of GDDR5 memory. Its operating frequencies would be 1050Mhz for the GPU and 1500Mhz for its memory.
The next graphics card would be the Radeon HD 8950 based on the Venus Pro core and it would replace the current Radeon HD 7950. In this case the number of Stream Processors is reduced to 2304 and it would have 140 TMUs, 48 ROPs, a memory interface to 384Bits and operating frequencies of 1050Mhz for the GPU and 1375Mhz for its 3GB of GDDR5 memory.
We went down to the Radeon HD 8870 based on the Sun XT core, which would be the graphics card that would replace the current Radeon HD 7870. It would have 1792 Stream Processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, a 256Bit memory interface and operating frequencies of 1000Mhz for the GPU and 1500Mhz for its 2GB of GDDR5 memory.
One notch below would be the Sun Pro core-based Radeon HD 8850, replacing the HD 7850. It would have 1536 Stream Processors, 96 TMUs, 32 ROPS, a 256-bit memory interface, and 925Mhz GPU operating frequencies. and 1250Mhz for its 2GB of GDDR5 memory.
Already entering the low range of the HD 8000 Series we find the Radeon HD 8770 based on the Oland XT core, which would replace the current HD 7770. In principle it would have 896 Stream Processors, 48 TMUs, 16 ROPs, an interface 192Bit memory for its 2GB of GDDR5 memory and operating frequencies of 850Mhz for the GPU and 1150Mhz for its memory.
Finally there would be the Radeon HD 8750 that would have the Oland Pro core and would replace the Radeon HD 7750. The number of Stream Processors would be 768 and it would have 40 TMUs, 16 ROPs, a 128Bit memory interface for its 2GB of GDDR5 memory and an operating frequency of 800Mhz for the GPU and 1150Mhz for its memory.
We remember that these data are leaks, so from here until the Radeon HD 8000 Series is officially launched, many data can change or AMD releases official information about them. In any case, and if these specifications are confirmed, the HD 8000 series looks great.