Monday, November 5th 2012

AMD Readies "Tahiti" Based Radeon HD 7800 Series Product

AMD is reportedly working on a new performance-segment GPU in the Radeon HD 7800 series, based on the 28 nm "Tahiti" silicon (which goes into making HD 7900 series products). The so-called "Tahiti-LE" silicon could help AMD plug a hole between the HD 7870 GHz Edition and HD 7950, getting close to the performance-level of GeForce GTX 660 Ti, at a lower cost. According to a HT4U.net report, AMD is deciding against referring to the new chip as "HD 7930," since the 7900 series is already crowded with five models, and would rather name it something along the lines of "HD 7870 OC."

A similar approach was adopted by NVIDIA in the recent-past, when it created the GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448-cores, using higher-end GF110 silicon to create an SKU traditionally based on GF114. At this time, one can only speculate what the new HD 7870 specifications sheet could look like. Since "Pitcairn" already achieves clock speeds in the 1 GHz range, AMD is left with other features to tinker with. 1536 GCN stream processors seem like a middle ground between the 1280 SP-laden HD 7870 "Pitcairn," and 1792 SP HD 7950. Memory bus width is another component. The new desktop SKU could launch in mid-November. The new SKU could even be a "limited-edition" for the winter shopping season, much like the GTX 560 Ti 448-core.

Source: HT4U.net
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66 Comments on AMD Readies "Tahiti" Based Radeon HD 7800 Series Product

#2
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: dude12564
7890?
hd 7870.
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#3
Wile E
Power User
by: dude12564
7890?
That's what I was thinking it should be.
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#4
dude12564
by: btarunr
hd 7870.
by: Wile E
That's what I was thinking it should be.
Hoping they'll go for 7890 - make people think it's different! :D
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#5
james888
The 7870 and 7950 are so close in performance as is
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#6
xenocide
Not sure they really need to do this. As mentioned, 7870 and 7950 aren't too far apart, a 7870 with a medium overclock can hit 7950 performance levels iirc.
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#7
buggalugs
The 8 series cant be too far away....... maybe they have a bunch of tahiti cores that didnt make spec for the 7950-7970. Or maybe they just want to kill the 660, mid-range gpus are very important for both companies.
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#8
Norton
WCG-TPU Team Captain
A Tahiti LE that can unlock shaders to a 7950/7970 at a decent price would be nice IMHO
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#9
james888
by: buggalugs
The 8 series cant be too far away....... maybe they have a bunch of tahiti cores that didnt make spec for the 7950-7970. Or maybe they just want to kill the 660, mid-range gpus are very important for both companies.
This sounds much more plausible to me.
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#10
NC37
How bout designing there to be no hole from the beginning? Just nuts there was that huge of a hole there to begin with. Come on AMD, you can do better...except on drivers :P
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#11
HumanSmoke
by: Norton
A Tahiti LE that can unlock shaders to a 7950/7970 at a decent price would be nice IMHO
Can't unlock any 7000 series card afaia. No reason to think that the 7930 will be any different.
by: buggalugs
The 8 series cant be too far away......
Closer to March 2013 than today, and they certainly wont be here for the holiday buying season
by: Norton
. maybe they have a bunch of tahiti cores that didnt make spec for the 7950-7970. Or maybe they just want to kill the 660, mid-range gpus are very important for both companies.
Yes and Yes. Although I wouldn't rush out and buy one. The HD 5830 and GTX 465 should represent what kind of white elephant you end up with when trying to wring too much out of a salvage GPU...top tier power consumption allied with third tier (or fifth, taking into account the GHz Ed.'s) performance, and leprosy tier resale value.
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#12
devguy
Yeah, call it 7930, or GTFO.
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#13
eidairaman1
drivers are fine for me and several users here
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#14
Covert_Death
to be completely honest, AMD GPU naming scheme is too damn complicated hahaha...

the way i understand it they have a 7950 and a 7870 and now they want a 7930 buts its gonna be squished right in betweeen the two mentioned and could also be a 7890 or whatever the hell they want as long as the number falls inbetween ?????? i don't get it lol

I just don't get the need for 4 digits, yes NVIDIA did it but they only utilized the first 2 and the 3rd COULD be used to designate a modification... that made sense

a 690>680>670>660>650>640>630 THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE

7970>7950>7930>7870>7850>7780 this is dumb, yes they are in numerical order buts its like what were they smoking when deciding to increment by 20's when your model number is in the 1,000's LOL
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#15
eidairaman1
by: Covert_Death
to be completely honest, AMD GPU naming scheme is too damn complicated hahaha...

the way i understand it they have a 7950 and a 7870 and now they want a 7930 buts its gonna be squished right in betweeen the two mentioned and could also be a 7890 or whatever the hell they want as long as the number falls inbetween ?????? i don't get it lol

I just don't get the need for 4 digits, yes NVIDIA did it but they only utilized the first 2 and the 3rd COULD be used to designate a modification... that made sense

a 690>680>670>660>650>640>630 THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE

7970>7950>7930>7870>7850>7780 this is dumb, yes they are in numerical order buts its like what were they smoking when deciding to increment by 20's when your model number is in the 1,000's LOL
i just say call it a 7860.
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#16
Ghost
HD 7870 Ti.

j/k

HD 7870 PRO it is.
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#17
Tarkhein
by: Covert_Death
to be completely honest, AMD GPU naming scheme is too damn complicated hahaha...

the way i understand it they have a 7950 and a 7870 and now they want a 7930 buts its gonna be squished right in betweeen the two mentioned and could also be a 7890 or whatever the hell they want as long as the number falls inbetween ?????? i don't get it lol

I just don't get the need for 4 digits, yes NVIDIA did it but they only utilized the first 2 and the 3rd COULD be used to designate a modification... that made sense

a 690>680>670>660>650>640>630 THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE

7970>7950>7930>7870>7850>7780 this is dumb, yes they are in numerical order buts its like what were they smoking when deciding to increment by 20's when your model number is in the 1,000's LOL
Are you serious? Nvidias' naming scheme makes sense to you despite the numerous Ti and variants in between the product lineup (none of which use the third number by the way) and AMDs' naming scheme which has no such thing does not?
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#18
HumanSmoke
by: Covert_Death
to be completely honest, AMD GPU naming scheme is too damn complicated hahaha...
A bit late to be worrying about it now. Can't be any more confusing than the XT, XTX, Pro and XL suffixes of yore. Not to mention the untruth in advertising for both Nvidia and AMD/ATI:

LE : Limited (appeal) Edition
SE : Special (needs) Edition
PE : PR only Edition
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#19
eidairaman1
by: HumanSmoke
A bit late to be worrying about it now. Can't be any more confusing than the XT, XTX, Pro and XL suffixes of yore. Not to mention the untruth in advertising for both Nvidia and AMD/ATI:

LE : Limited (appeal) Edition
SE : Special (needs) Edition
PE : PR only Edition
how lucky you were you could have a SE that was a 9800 Pro that was locked to meet certain market criteria
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#20
Ghost
by: Covert_Death
to be completely honest, AMD GPU naming scheme is too damn complicated hahaha...

the way i understand it they have a 7950 and a 7870 and now they want a 7930 buts its gonna be squished right in betweeen the two mentioned and could also be a 7890 or whatever the hell they want as long as the number falls inbetween ?????? i don't get it lol

I just don't get the need for 4 digits, yes NVIDIA did it but they only utilized the first 2 and the 3rd COULD be used to designate a modification... that made sense

a 690>680>670>660>650>640>630 THIS MAKES PERFECT SENSE

7970>7950>7930>7870>7850>7780 this is dumb, yes they are in numerical order buts its like what were they smoking when deciding to increment by 20's when your model number is in the 1,000's LOL
It's simple:
First number: generation
Second number: class
Third number: modification
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#21
The Von Matrices
I'm setting my expectations really low. AMD's third-tier chips usually are third tier for a reason and don't make sense to buy. They in the past have had horrible performance/watt compared to similar performance cards (HD 4830, HD 5830) or are so close in performance to the next lowest card that they don't justify their price (HD 6790). NVidia has been hit-or-miss with third tier chips (GTX 465 and GTX 460/560 SE were bad, GTX 560 TI 448 and GTX 660 TI were good), but considering AMD's record, I can't get excited.
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#22
okidna
by: HumanSmoke
A bit late to be worrying about it now. Can't be any more confusing than the XT, XTX, Pro and XL suffixes of yore. Not to mention the untruth in
Don't forget the SE, GT and GTO suffixes.

X800, X800 SE, X800 GT, X800GTO, X800 Pro, X800XL, X800XT, X800XT Platinum Edition.

Brilliant.. :laugh:
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#23
The Von Matrices
by: okidna
Don't forget the SE, GT and GTO suffixes.

X800, X800 SE, X800 GT, X800GTO, X800 Pro, X800XL, X800XT, X800XT Platinum Edition.

Brilliant.. :laugh:
Don't forget that there was an X800 GTO2, and AGP and PCIe versions of each card you mentioned as well. Whoever thinks that naming today is extremely confusing doesn't remember the past.
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#24
ViperXTR
and nVidia once used teh XT as well on their GeForce FX 5600 XT and 5900 XT :D
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#25
Prima.Vera
AMD, stop milking the 7xxx series and release already the 8xxx series!
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