Monday, March 5th 2012

AMD "Tahiti" Successor is Codenamed "Tenerife"?

An AMD presentation slide was scored by OBR-Hardware, the site did not vouch for the authenticity of the slide, but reveals a new GPU codename, "Tenerife". The slide rings many bells. First, we know from a recent report by VR-Zone, that a new family of GPUs succeeding "Southern Islands" is codenamed something along the lines of "Sea Islands". Second, the source speculates the stream processor count of Tenerife to be 2304, which falls in line the "actual" stream processor count of Tahiti, that was revealed by a leaked company document belonging to Sapphire, which created some controversy in early January, which AMD later went on to quash.

The slide mentions "Tenerife" as being based on "Enhanced Graphics CoreNext" architecture, probably a tweaked-up GCN, which will probably characterize "Sea Islands" family. Enhanced GCN is mentioned as having 20% higher performance over the current architecture. The next most interesting bit is the mention of a tentative launch, mentioned as Q3-2012, at the earliest. This falls in line with speculation of Radeon HD 8000 series making it to the market no later than this year. The question here is could "Tenerife" be the GPU AMD builds its "Radeon HD 8900" series on, or could AMD do a "Radeon HD X1900" by surprising the high-end segment with a new GPU in the current series? "Tenerife" is probably named after the biggest of the Canary Islands, Spanish offshore territory.

Source: OBR-Hardware
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29 Comments on AMD "Tahiti" Successor is Codenamed "Tenerife"?

#1
Dj-ElectriC
There is a very good reason for AMD to "leak" details of the next gen series of GPUs as early as possible and that reason is called Kepler.
But... 20%-ish increase in performance over the HD7970 is not something we can expect to launch in almost a year from now so yes, the "X1900" speculation is spot on
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#4
NC37
by: legends84
this is madness!!
THIS...IS...AMD!! :nutkick:

Seriously tho...1.2x increase sounds just like a boost to combat Kepler.
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#5
H82LUZ73
:rolleyes: 7980 With 1 gig core maybe the card that Sapphire had on its release sheet 3 months ago??? well well lookie at that they are just green trolling now.:nutkick: <<(can we get the green in red ...the yellow one in green ):roll:

Also i think it 7980 ,reason is were the hell is our 7990 at (dual core) Gpu ?? waiting for Kelper ....AMD is like the Tiger right now waiting to pounce.
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#6
Live OR Die
How cares AMD drivers suck they should pay nvidia to make there drivers.
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#7
Hayder_Master
they wanna say hey NVIDIA we are ready to kick your ass again.
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#8
H82LUZ73
by: Live OR Die
How cares AMD drivers suck they should pay nvidia to make there drivers.
Who cares AMD drivers suck they should pay nvidia to make there drivers


There fixed it for ya ,You need coffee dude.
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#9
cc101385
i hope nvidia's kepler will be as power efficient as amd cards.
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#10
btarunr
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by: H82LUZ73
Who cares AMD drivers suck they should pay nvidia to make there drivers


There fixed it for ya ,You need coffee dude.
*Who cares, AMD drivers suck, they should pay NVIDIA to make their drivers.
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#11
axis007
by: Live OR Die
How cares AMD drivers suck they should pay nvidia to make there drivers.
Yeah ok AMD's drivers sux... You have got to be kidding mate. AMD put out 2 ta 3 plus drivers ever month excluding the crossfire x profiles. And nshittya have had what 2 WHQL drivers in the last 6 months... And I can't say that my catalyst drivers EVER Fuk up, cause i'd be lying.
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#12
H82LUZ73
by: btarunr
*Who cares, AMD drivers suck, they should pay NVIDIA to make their drivers.
really I forgot the * My bad ...drinks coffee.

As for the drivers sukking or sucking,I have had issues with the latest so called pre cert (12.3) drivers with crossfire getting disabled.Do you see me getting mad calling out AMD over it no.Why I KNEW WHEN I INSTALLED THEM ,THEY WERE BETA-PRE CERT drivers.
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#13
Gzero
by: H82LUZ73
Who cares AMD drivers suck they should pay nvidia to make there drivers


There fixed it for ya ,You need coffee dude.
Who cares? AMD drivers suck, they should pay nvidia to make their drivers.

Fixed.

But actually both camps have issues with their drivers, so I'd rather not have the other party write drivers for a card they hardly know about it.
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#14
nt300
This is all speculation. Let Kepler come out then we can further speculate on this speculation.
AMDs drivers are speculative at most and perform on speculation, not to mention I never had an issue with these speculative drivers.

This HD8900 time frame is within the Piledriver time frame. :D
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#16
NHKS
Either this leaked slide is not genuine... (or)
..AMD has been saving its 'best'(among Southern Island chips) till a Kepler powerful enough to displace the 7970 lurks close by. And the recent news of GK104 getting ready has prompted AMD to start readying the "Tenerife".

A slide from Sapphire(that came out in early Jan) showing its line up of 7900-series did show 2 high-end cards(striked out) with 2304 cores alongside the 7970 cards(2048 cores). It was not taken seriously then (some dismissing it based on the transistor count mistake with Bulldozer). But that slide now could make sense in the light of "Tenerife". So, would 'tenerife' be 'that' mystery GPU in that slide showing 2304 cores?
just speculating....

http://news.softpedia.com/newsImage/AMD-Radeon-HD-7970-Doesn-t-Have-Hidden-Cores-2.jpg/

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#17
Fairlady-z
All I can say is Kepler better rain hell on the 7970, or I will just stick it out until next year with my GTX460. If Kepler comes with a 5-7% faster crapshoot forget about it. I mean all I play is WoW and Diablo3 beta, and my card runs everything just fine. Now when I fire up BF3 it jugs on higher settings. I mean I got a i72600K at 4.8ghz and all under water it used run a GTX570, but thats sold...... :slap: KKKKKKEEEEPPPPPPLLLLEEEERRRR lol.
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#18
Thefumigator
by: HossHuge
I hope it doesn't crash like the world's worst air disaster at Tenerife!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenerife_airport_disaster
That crash was incredible. I watched all ACI episodes and I concluded that misfortune can lead to human error.

I don't think AMD will crash... Well, tenerife is a beautiful place anyway, its more remembered by other things not only the plane crash
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#19
mokahless
by: Gzero
Who cares? AMD drivers suck, they should pay nvidia to make their drivers.

Fixed.

But actually both camps have issues with their drivers, so I'd rather not have the other party write drivers for a card they hardly know about it.
Actually, it is, "Who cares? AMD drivers suck. They should pay Nvidia to make their drivers."
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#21
sic_doni
is AMD gonna make their graphic cards just like their catalyst drivers?
come out every 2 months or less...heheh :p

still happy with my GTX 460 :rockout:

kinda wait until keppler comes...
then let's see which more competitive :D

cheers :toast:
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#22
radrok
Well it could be reasonable to think that AMDs original core count is something more than the 7970s if the 28nm yields aren't as good as we were told and they are gathering them to launch a TRUE high end card.
This really makes for an exciting situation, can't really wait to see how the battle heats up.

@ who says AMD drivers suck: they are almost perfectly fine unless you go with more than dual cfx.
Eyefinity and 120hz both work fine for me and almost every game is supported.
Having some problems with OpenGL (which is why I'm waiting for Kepler btw) but AMD/ATI is recognized for the lack of support in that direction.
If you only game AMD is perfectly fine oh and it amuses me when an AMD user has a driver problem some people go nuts while randomly ranting yet when a Nvidia user has problems the fault is given to the user.
Peace.
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#24
xaira
by: Thefumigator
That crash was incredible. I watched all ACI episodes and I concluded that misfortune can lead to human error.

I don't think AMD will crash... Well, tenerife is a beautiful place anyway, its more remembered by other things not only the plane crash
+1, no KLM pilots were involved in the design of this GPU ;)
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#25
Crap Daddy
Either this is fake or this year will GPU Total War.
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