Thursday, February 16th 2012

Radeon HD 7800 Series Inbound for March, NVIDIA Kepler in April: Report

AMD's Radeon HD 7800 series performance GPUs that target cost-benefit sweet-spots will be launched in the first half of March. The launch will include Radeon HD 7870 and Radeon HD 7850. The two SKUs are based on a new 28 nm ASIC codenamed "Pitcairn". Little is known about its specifications at this point, from reliable sources at least.

In April, AMD's rival NVIDIA will get its GeForce Kepler family of GPUs, all guns blazing. In April alone, NVIDIA is expected to launch a high-end part, the GeForce GTX 690, a performance part, the GeForce GTX 660, and mainstream part GeForce GTX 640. The three will be based on three new ASICs built on the 28 nm process, the GK110, GK104, and GK106, respectively.

April will be the most interesting month for PC enthusiasts as Intel will launch its third-generation Core processor family, codename "Ivy Bridge". Little is known about AMD's high-end Radeon HD 7990 "New Zealand".Source: DigiTimes
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26 Comments on Radeon HD 7800 Series Inbound for March, NVIDIA Kepler in April: Report

#1
borden5
oh man can't wait , nvidia release all in 1 months :rockout:
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#2
Crap Daddy
I think we knew about the 7800 series and as NV is concerned these are just more rumors. I can't think they will release all three chips in April.
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#3
dir_d
oh geez i guess this means we will see a bunch of "NVIDIA" releases on the 1st of April.
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#4
the54thvoid
by: Crap Daddy
I think we knew about the 7800 series and as NV is concerned these are just more rumors. I can't think they will release all three chips in April.
Yeah, digitimes has no source quoted. It just looks very sparse and very like all other rumours. Though CD at S/A said there were two GK104 variants (like 580/570). As always, so many rumours with so much crossover.
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#5
Quantos
Assuming the GTX 690 is dual gpu, how does it make sense to release it before the 680? Is it a dual gpu based on the GK104, and there won't be a dual gpu based on the GK110 (unless that would be a hypothetical GTX695)? :wtf:
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#6
devguy
While I fully expect the high-end Kepler to outperform the HD 7970, I also fully expect the HD 7990 to launch at the same time to ruin nVidia's parade.
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#7
theoneandonlymrk
exciting times:rockout: ahead:D

im hopein the Nv 640 is pretty cheap, i want one of those to physx my rig:)

and as for the 7800 series im hopein/predicting a strange config again ala Barts and dual render engines tied to 1600 shaders 800 a piece as that makes sense lookin into the APU powered crystal ball init

all bs and opinions obv:D
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#8
EpicShweetness
You know if ya google the 78** series the rumors of the specs are all over the place, I know it's gonna be a 256 bit bus (64 x 4). The only assumption I can predict is to go lower then its projected 1536 shaders and 32 ROP's much like how many people thought the 77** series was gonna be 1000 shaders give or take, but it wasn't.
Maybe just take a 7770 and double it up? Who knows?
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#9
eidairaman1
by: devguy
While I fully expect the high-end Kepler to outperform the HD 7970, I also fully expect the HD 7990 to launch at the same time to ruin nVidia's parade.
You never Know AMD could always Launch a 7980 that crams more 28nm Transistors/shaders etc into the die size of the 6970, and Add 768-3072MB More Graphic Buffer.

Honestly this Launch has NV scrambling, but as its said NV is late to the party and is not getting the good kitty cat;)
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#10
jpierce55
Quantos has a good point. IF this is true Nvidia is a little slow this time, but it may be for a purpose. Perhaps they seen the AMD energy savings and are working on that. Perhaps it is a lack of mfg. speed on the new gpu size?
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Fluffmeister
by: devguy
While I fully expect the high-end Kepler to outperform the HD 7970, I also fully expect the HD 7990 to launch at the same time to ruin nVidia's parade.
Sorry but niche dual GPU cards which hardly anyone will buy really aren't a factor in the grand scheme of things. Nv are more interested in getting loads of Tesla branded Kepler GPU in as many scientific institutions and super computers as possible.

The die-hards with Ruby posters above their beds aren't really a concern.
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#12
eidairaman1
by: Fluffmeister
Sorry but niche dual GPU cards which hardly anyone will buy really aren't a factor in the grand scheme of things. Nv are more interested in getting loads of Tesla branded Kepler GPU in as many scientific institutions and super computers as possible.

The die-hards with Ruby posters above their beds aren't really a concern.
In the Workstation/Server market youre mentioning. Its all about heavy software optimization. With the proper drivers/ bios the 4850/70/x2, 5770, 5850/70, 5970, 6770, 6850/70, 6950/70, 6990, now 7600, 7700, 7800, 7900 Radeon series can perform heavy number crunching for said above market, since its not about FPS then compared to gaming.
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#13
Fluffmeister
by: eidairaman1
In the Workstation/Server market youre mentioning. Its all about heavy software optimization. With the proper drivers/ bios the 4850/70/x2, 5770, 5850/70, 5970, 6770, 6850/70, 6950/70, 6990, now 7600, 7700, 7800, 7900 Radeon series can perform heavy number crunching for said above market, since its not about FPS then compared to gaming.
Yes, and with wings pigs can fly.
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#14
eidairaman1
by: Fluffmeister
Yes, and with wings pigs can fly.
Love the sarcasm kid. Id do alot of rethinking of what you said just now if i were you.
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#15
BeepBeep2
by: borden5
oh man can't wait , nvidia release all in 1 months :rockout:
Now I'm sure we can all count, add, subtract here, but the difference between February and April is twice that...at the very best a month and a half, and I really doubt Kepler launching on April Fools Day, unless they aim to "make a fool" out of AMD, who will have had cards on the market 3 months longer (a whole quarter (Q1) longer) than them.

I am tempted to go for a 7950 in the future, but I really wanted to see what Kepler would do to gauge prices...or I could even buy an nvidia card as I have serious issues with overclocking my 5770's on a dual monitor setup for the last 11 months of drivers.
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#16
Fluffmeister
by: eidairaman1
Love the sarcasm kid. Id do alot of rethinking of what you said just now if i were you.
Oh please, can I have a key to this mythical world you exist in, I'd like that... a lot.
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#17
eidairaman1
by: Fluffmeister
Oh please, can I have a key to this mythical world you exist in, I'd like that... a lot.
believe what you want kid but ive been doin the research on the cards over the years.
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#19
eidairaman1
by: alexsubri
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We have seen this one before dude and I believe it was you who posted it in another thread LOL.
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#20
Fluffmeister
by: eidairaman1
believe what you want kid but ive been doin the research on the cards over the years.
Woah, you've been doin research. :eek:

:roll:
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#21
eidairaman1
by: Fluffmeister
Woah, you've been doin research. :eek:

:roll:
Keep on goin with the sarcasm someone is bound to see it. course a bad joke is when only the person who told it is laughing.
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#22
erocker
Keep the discussion on topic, polite and to the point. Any fighting, rude behavior, flame-baiting, etc. will be met with revocation of posting privlidges. This is your warning.

Thanks for your cooperation.
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#23
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
The three will be based on three new ASICs built on the 28 nm process, the GK110, GK104, and GK106, respectively.
is it just me, or shouldnt it be GK100 not 110, unless this denotes that they have already made one revision of GK100 (perhaps even @ 40nm) to work out the kinks?
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#24
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: EpicShweetness
You know if ya google the 78** series the rumors of the specs are all over the place, I know it's gonna be a 256 bit bus (64 x 4). The only assumption I can predict is to go lower then its projected 1536 shaders and 32 ROP's much like how many people thought the 77** series was gonna be 1000 shaders give or take, but it wasn't.
Maybe just take a 7770 and double it up? Who knows?
Personally, I think Pitcairn will be 2x Cape Verde. So that would be
  • 20 CUs, 1280 GCN stream processors
  • 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs
  • 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface
  • 2 GB standard memory
  • "GHz Edition" 1000 MHz core clock
In its competitive environment its performance of Pitcairn XT would be somewhere in the neighbourhood of HD 6970 and GTX 570, with $299-$399 price. Pitcairn Pro could be somewhere near HD 6950 and GTX 560 Ti 448 with $199-$249 price.
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#25
eidairaman1
The major thing besides transistor density is the SP count being lower than prev gen. Made it simple by clocking it higher.
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