Monday, September 9th 2013

Next-Generation AMD Radeon Series Nomenclature Detailed

Since the very first DirectX 10-ready graphics cards by AMD, we've been used to the "Radeon HD xyz0" nomenclature, in which "x" denoted generation, "y" market segment, and "z" variant. That all is about to change with the company's Volcanic Islands GPU family, which will be unveiled (at least to the press), later this month. Using the same "x, y, z" variables as mentioned before, the new nomenclature could look like "Radeon Ry xz i" (where the new variable "i" could denote special features).

An example of this new nomenclature could be, say, Radeon R9 280 X, where "9" denotes the high-end market segment, currently held by Radeon HD 7900 series, "2" indicating generation, and "80" denoting variant. "XT" (full-spec) chips could get the "80" marking, and "Pro" (partial-spec) chips could get the "60" or "70" marking, but it isn't fixed, and could even be "50" and "40" for lower-end parts. At this point, we can't even speculate what the "i" (special feature) could denote. For mobile parts, the letter "M" could be prefixed to the "xz" component of the model number (example: Radeon R9 M380 X). Validations for graphics cards running early drivers with this naming scheme, have been showing up on our GPU-Z Validation database for days now, and our analysis is our best understanding of their naming strings. Capiche? Can't blame you.
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39 Comments on Next-Generation AMD Radeon Series Nomenclature Detailed

#1
jigar2speed
Will need example, i seriously didn't get it.
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#2
NdMk2o1o
by: jigar2speed
Will need example, i seriously didn't get it.
by: btarunr
An example of this new nomenclature could be, say, Radeon R9 280 X, where "9"
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#3
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
by: jigar2speed
Will need example, i seriously didn't get it.
R6 950 =9650
R6 970 =9670

Or for example, a 7970 would be a R9 770

R5 = Crap
R9 = Top end

They are doing the same thing Intel is doing, create 30 things where there was once 10, with ridiculous monikers, to confuse the crap out of the newcomers to the market, in hopes that they pay more for what they dont need.
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#4
HumanSmoke
Wow! How innovative

So basically AMD are appropriating Nvidia's naming scheme- just replacing GTX/GTS/GT with R9/R8/R7 etc.

GTX 280 ( GTX= market segment, 2 = generation, 80 = hierarchy within the segment)
R9 280 ( R9 = market segment, 2 = generation, 80 = hierarchy within the segment)
by: btarunr
Capiche? Can't blame you.
Just to play the pedant, the word is Capisce if you're addressing a person- or probably Capite when addressing a group.
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#5
jigar2speed
by: NdMk2o1o
http://www.troll.me/images/yu-no-guy/y-u-no-read-thumb.jpg
Heh, joke is on you, Cause i already said i didn't get it.

by: RCoon
R6 950 =9650
R6 970 =9670

Or for example, a 7970 would be a R9 770

R5 = Crap
R9 = Top end

They are doing the same thing Intel is doing, create 30 things where there was once 10, with ridiculous monikers, to confuse the crap out of the newcomers to the market, in hopes that they pay more for what they dont need.
Thanks mate, now i understand. :)
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#6
d1nky
oooh didn't this happen to companies before sold off? maybe one day nvidia will buy out AMD :roll: that was sarcasm people..

I like the new naming, imagine a 9990... sounds more like a price...£99.90 please sir.

hopefully the R9 will be great!
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#8
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
As long as they make an XTPE edition I'll be happy. Asus AMD R9 990 XT Platinum Edition Direct CU2 rolls of the tounge nicely.
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#9
Lionheart
I understand it but doesn't have the same punch as the current naming scheme but that's most likely due to me being used to it I suppose :)
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#10
Fourstaff
by: buggalugs
Seems pretty straightforward.
I am not going to enjoy explaining the current naming system, the new naming system, how each chip is positioned, and how they compare to Nvidia. :shadedshu
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#11
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
by: Fourstaff
and how they compare to Nvidia. :shadedshu
Quite specifically this. This is going to be a pain...
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#12
_JP_
Yes, because their APU-line naming scheme wasn't bad enough already.
Hybrid CrossFireX support for new AMD APUs (Kaveri)
  • The A10-7800K with the integrated Radeon R6 D970 is compatible with the discrete Radeon R6 970 and Radeon R6 970 Boost (but is incompatible with Radeon R6 970 Dual/AIW).
  • And so on...
Lovely...
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#13
Ghiltanas
But "capiche" should be an italian word? if so i tell it's wrong...

maybe Capite (plural, group) or capisci (single)
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#14
john_
New names. I hope they have a very strong product and that's what makes them change the names, not just marketing.

On the other hand with cards there will be always confusion. 6970 is smaller as a number than 7770, but 6970 is faster than 7770.
With the new naming the R9 280 will be maybe faster than R7 480 but R7 480 will be two generations newer than R9 280.

So the new naming doesn't give a priority to generation like it was until now, but in performance. I think this is better for the average consumer because new generations are not, like in the past, much faster than the old, or with much more features.
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#15
Fourstaff
by: Ghiltanas
But "capiche" should be an italian word? if so i tell it's wrong...

maybe Capite (plural, group) or capisci (single)
Latin loanword Anglicised. You are on the right track though.
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#16
HalfAHertz
The last time we had a name change from ATi with the HD 2k series, we were faced with a pretty sizable disappointment. Hope this time they fair better.
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#17
Fourstaff
by: HalfAHertz
The last time we had a name change from ATi with the HD 2k series, we were faced with a pretty sizable disappointment. Hope this time they fair better.
They killed off the ATi brand, and used AMD instead. People were mad (for whatever reason :rolleyes:). When Nvidia rebranded their 9xxx to 2xx people complained about rebranding. As long as AMD doesn't do a straight rebrand people will be cool with it I think. Except for a few whiners who have nothing better to do.
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#18
Prima.Vera
Common guys! You sound like the average uneducated Joe. Is actually quite simple the new naming scheme, the article explains it perfectly. Read again if you have doubts.

P.S.

I am more interested in performance gain over previews generation, than on the naming scheme.
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#19
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
It would have to be renamed anyway soon. HD 10970 just sounds weird.
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#20
the54thvoid
Aw, I wanted to see the AMD British Isles edition HD1066, and the American version HD1620.
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#21
Norton
WCG-TPU Team Captain
I don't care if they call it a "ham sandwich" just as long as it faster and more power efficient than the current generation.:laugh:
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#22
_JP_
Naming aside, I would love it if they would bring AIW cards back with DVB-T/S/C support.
Tuners (overall and with good SW support) are becoming a rarity here, for some reason.
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#23
Fx
Nice. A simple, logical naming scheme. Now bring on the new goods and take my money.
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#24
Divide Overflow
Seems to be change just for the sake of change. It doesn't really add any new information.
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#25
d1nky
by: Divide Overflow
Seems to be change just for the sake of change. It doesn't really add any new information.
apart from 9990, 1090, 1770 sounds stupid and they know it
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