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AMD Starts Shipping 28 nm GPUs for Revenue

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AMD CEO Rory Read, speaking at the IT Supply Chain conference organized by Raymond James this Tuesday, said that his company had begun shipping 28 nm GPUs for revenue (meaning, in volumes big enough to fetch revenue). With it, AMD fulfilled its promise to be the first to the market with GPUs built on the 28 nm silicon fab process. AMD's foundry partner for these chips is TSMC. "We are ramping 28nm [products] with TSMC in Taiwan and shipping the products here and now. We are very excited about the products," said Read.

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What this means for the enthusiast community is that whenever AMD does launch its Radeon HD 7900 series, it won't be a "paper-launch".
Not necessarily, we'll see. Could still be "paper-launched". I'm 99% sure the bulk of these 28nm shipped products are mobile and low-end products.

EDIT: Wanted to elaborate a little bit. I think they will release 20k cards or so like in the last 2-3 releases. If priced above $400, as rumors suggest, that amount of cards may certainly satisfy some of the demand amongst the (few) people wanting to pay that much in the biggest markets/retailers. Smaller retailer and markets won't see a card until a few weeks/months later tho, not in any significant volume anyway, so while enthusiasts will have cards on their hands and will post reviews, that still qualifies like paper launch in my book. Both AMD and Nvidia have done that in the last half a decade and I don't think this time will be any different.
 
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in radeon we trust :rockout:
 
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I would prefer AMD CEO Rory Read to say, "We are shipping to win the performance crown".
 
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They will have it. Probably until Nvidia launches later next year as it was the case since a few years now.
 
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Let's see of what they are capable for, if a crossfire of 7970 has enough horsepower and scaling to beat my 6990 CFX I'll jump just because the theat of the 6990s is too much (yes yes watercool them etc)
 
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Im very skeptical of the new chips, we will see soon.
 
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Hopefully this won't flop like Bulldozer. At least they have fired their PR, so there won't be BS marketing. Let's hope for good availability at launch.
 
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Hopefully this won't flop like Bulldozer. At least they have fired their PR, so there won't be BS marketing. Let's hope for good availability at launch.
It wont flop but i dont think it will be around 6990 performance. The actual GPU part of the card dosent have that much more power than cayman. Plus you add in all the GPGPU crap it might perform the same or lower unless he VLIW arch really did suck.
 
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Just in time for HL3? Can we has the game free if we buy?
 
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git me them reviews!
 
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Actual launch sooner than we expected? Main availability after CES, apparently.
 
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Actual launch sooner than we expected? Main availability after CES, apparently.
If that is right then it is awesome news, should give me some time to read reviews and then calm down instead of reading reviews then ordering one due to lack of self control :laugh:
 
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that still qualifies like paper launch in my book
I would say for as you say the initial Über Enthusiast market there should be sufficient volume at the predominate E-Tailer to amply take care of the preliminary need. There would easily be more, but remember their straddled with TSMC.
 

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If that is right then it is awesome news, should give me some time to read reviews and then calm down instead of reading reviews then ordering one due to lack of self control :laugh:
How dare you! Lack of self control makes 95% of all my purchases and does a damn fine job, thank you very much. :mad: :p
 
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How dare you! Lack of self control makes 95% of all my purchases and does a damn fine job, thank you very much. :mad: :p
Lack of self control is why i bought 2 6870's before buying the 6970 i'm using now all within a year.

I admit it was fun getting to play with the 6870's but if a 7970 cost more than the 6870s (£400) i need to show some self control otherwise i will be starving while i game :laugh:
 
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It's our combined lack of self control as a tech community that keeps the global economy going. Without us the world would be chipping rocks and living in caves. :cool:
 
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Lack of self control is why i bought 2 6870's before buying the 6970 i'm using now all within a year.

I admit it was fun getting to play with the 6870's but if a 7970 cost more than the 6870s (£400) i need to show some self control otherwise i will be starving while i game :laugh:
It was your lack of self control that in turn caused me to splurge on those very same cards ;)
 
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I guess i should just give in and buy a 7970 on launch day.... hey panther want a 6970? :p

But seriously it will depend mainly on price as my lack of self control has a limit.... overdraft limit that is :laugh:
 
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It wont flop but i dont think it will be around 6990 performance. The actual GPU part of the card dosent have that much more power than cayman. Plus you add in all the GPGPU crap it might perform the same or lower unless he VLIW arch really did suck.
The VILW5 arch really did suck, look at the 2900XT. ;)
That is why they slaped a crap load of shaders on the HD4800s.