Wednesday, May 15th 2013

AMD Introduces the World's Fastest Notebook Graphics Card

AMD today launched the AMD Radeon HD 8970M, the world's fastest notebook graphics card. The AMD Radeon HD 8970M graphics processing unit (GPU) delivers the best mobile gaming experience imaginable to gamers, powered by AMD's award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.

"Today's gaming notebooks need a graphics card that is fast, powerful and energy-efficient," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. "The AMD Radeon HD 8970M GPU is the perfect combination of technologies, blending performance, immersive features and an extensive battery life that delivers an unrivaled gaming experience, even on the go."

"When developing our new gaming notebook, the MSI GX70, we required a graphics card that would truly enhance the gaming experience. The AMD Radeon HD 8970M graphics card exceeded our expectations," said Eric Kuo, vice president for Global Sales and Marketing, MSI Notebook. "Its speed, features and intelligent power capabilities perfectly complement our product. The GX70 is surely designed for professional and top tier gamers."

Features and Benefits:
  • Speed: Featuring AMD's GCN Architecture, the AMD Radeon HD 8970M GPU is built for speed and designed from the ground up to provide the best experience in the top PC games for today and tomorrow.
  • Intelligent Power Features: AMD's Enduro Technology allows the AMD Radeon HD 8970M GPU to optimize battery life. The power features are inherently dynamic, delivering instant performance when needed and adjusting GPU requirements when in idle mode.
  • Multi-Display Optimization: AMD Eyefinity technology allows for the highest quality multi-display gaming spread across several different monitors, creating an immersive experience.
  • Engineered for Compute: AMD App Acceleration harnesses the compute power of the AMD Radeon GPU to take workload off the CPU and provide unprecedented performance in everyday applications. The AMD Radeon HD 8970M GPU offers improved performance and enhanced visual effects5.
  • Unparalleled Image Quality & Video Playback: The AMD Radeon HD 8970M GPU is the ideal entertainment and productivity tool that provides smooth video playback and maximizes image quality for all of your multimedia needs.
  • DirectX 11.1 Support: Offers full support for DirectX 11.1 and Windows 8 for all of today and tomorrow's games and applications.
For more information, visit the product page.
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26 Comments on AMD Introduces the World's Fastest Notebook Graphics Card

#1
james888
Isn't this just a 7970m with some new tech like that enduro thing.
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#2
Jorge
It's nice to see AMD upping laptop performance. It's all good. With hUMA and GCN things are going to get even better with Kaveri.
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#3
jmcslob
by: james888
Isn't this just a 7970m with some new tech like that enduro thing.
AMD Radeon™ HD 7970M Series GPU Feature Summary:

850 MHz Engine Clock
2GB GDDR5 Memory
1200 MHz Memory Clock (4.8 Gbps)
153.6 GB/s memory bandwidth
2176 GFLOPS Single Precision compute power
136 GFLOPS Double Precision compute power
Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture1
9th generation programmable hardware tessellation unit
20 Compute Units (1280 Stream Processors)
80 Texture Units
128 Z/Stencil ROP Units
32 Color ROP Units
512KB L2 read/write cache
256-bit GDDR5 memory interface
PCI Express 3.0 x16 bus interface7
DirectX® 11.1 graphics
OpenGL 4.2 support
Partially Resident Texture (PRT) support
Image quality enhancement technology
Up to 24x multi-sample and super-sample anti-aliasing
Adaptive anti-aliasing
Enhanced Quality Anti-Aliasing (EQAA)
Morphological Anti-Aliasing (MLAA)
16x angle invariant anisotropic texture filtering
128-bit floating point HDR rendering
It would appear so...
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#4
sergionography
This generation has to be the stupidest rebrand ever, Bonaire is one of the most efficient and its not being used on laptop, it should've been the 8800m with cape Verde being 8700m
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#5
james888
by: jmcslob
It would appear so...
Amd reintroduces the worlds fastest notebook graphics card.
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#6
jboydgolfer
9 Gflop increase Over last years,,Nice.
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#7
HumanSmoke
by: james888
Amd reintroduces the worlds fastest notebook graphics card.
I hope they enjoy it while it lasts since AMD don't seem to be the only company with incremental upgrades
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#8
NC37
Imo...laptop GPUs get less impressive and more rehashed every revision. Maybe one of these days Intel will finally catch up to the high end and force the top two to actually release new chips for once.
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#9
Lionheart
by: NC37
Imo...laptop GPUs get less impressive and more rehashed every revision. Maybe one of these days Intel will finally catch up to the high end and force the top two to actually release new chips for once.
Agreed... I see APU's being the future for laptops..
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#10
DarkOCean
by: james888
Isn't this just a 7970m with some new tech like that enduro thing.
7970m with higher clocks.

by: jboydgolfer
9 Gflop increase Over last years,,Nice.
I hope that is sarcasm.
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#11
EpicShweetness
So 100watt TDP? So it is the fastest thing I could stick in a laptop, play Crysis 3 for an hour and a half and have my 9 cell notebook scream in pain and sweat as it dies from exhaustion. No that's no longer a laptop that's a "desktop replacement" :slap:
If the chip exceeds 50watt (60 max) TDP it uses to much power for the notebook to be really "portable" just my opinion.
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#12
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
by: jmcslob
It would appear so...
There's a slight increase on the GFLOPS but that could just be marketing/driver optimizations. Otherwise it matches the slides across the board.
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#13
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
maybe AMD nad nvidia decided on a truce, that they would only rebrand and improve existing stuff, instead of new architectures.
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#15
OneCool
So what is this in desktop terms 7850?
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#16
theoneandonlymrk
by: OneCool
So what is this in desktop terms 7850?
Exactly but tied to a single screen of average res , not my kinda gaming.
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#17
blibba
by: btarunr
the world's fastest notebook graphics card
I can't imagine this being faster than a 680MX.
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#18
jmcslob
by: FordGT90Concept
There's a slight increase on the GFLOPS but that could just be marketing/driver optimizations. Otherwise it matches the slides across the board.
Yeah, I think the whopping 9 Gflops is likely just driver optimizations.....But in all honesty this mobile gpu matches my 6950 at stock....That's really not bad at all....it's just that it matched it last year when it was called 7970m LOL....
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#19
HumanSmoke
by: jboydgolfer
9 Gflop increase Over last years,,Nice.
Don't get too excited, they are only separated by the boost clock
HD 7970M: 850 base freq. * 2 op's per clock * 1280 shaders = 2176 GFlop/s SP * 1/16 DP rate = 136 GFlop/s DP
HD 8970M: 900 boost freq. * 2 op's per clock * 1280 shaders = 2304 GFlop/s SP * 1/16 DP rate = 144 GFlop/s DP

Note that the 8970M's base clock is exactly the same as the 7970M at 850Mhz, so the difference is entirely due to the added 50MHz boost.
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#20
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
by: de.das.dude
maybe AMD nad nvidia decided on a truce, that they would only rebrand and improve existing stuff, instead of new architectures.
AMD said they rebrand because OEMs (like Acer, HP, and Dell) demand it. My guess is that it makes it easier for them to explain to consumers which graphics device is best.
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#21
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Rebrands are sort of fine imo, and I understand why they do it. New architectures will come in time, the world ain't stopping now.
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#22
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
Got to love it when they say this. " the World's Fastest " That there should tell every one, One thing.
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#23
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: trickson
Got to love it when they say this. " the World's Fastest " That there should tell every one, One thing.
That it probably is?
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#24
NeoXF
by: blibba
I can't imagine this being faster than a 680MX.
For starters... GTX 680MX isn't a notebook GPU... from what I've seen, you can only "get" it in top-end iMacs and such. Not a single laptop with it in sight, even tho it was "released" a while back. Now GTX 780M which is more or less the same thing, is another thing.
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#25
blibba
by: NeoXF
you can only "get" it in top-end iMacs and such
Why the double inverted commas? If I buy an iMac with it, do I not really get the GPU? Just a piece of paper telling me I have it, perhaps?
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