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Next-Generation AMD Radeon Series Nomenclature Detailed

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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).

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Will need example, i seriously didn't get it.
 
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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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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)
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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Heh, joke is on you, Cause i already said i 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.

Thanks mate, now i understand. :)
 
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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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Seems pretty straightforward.
 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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It would have to be renamed anyway soon. HD 10970 just sounds weird.
 
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Aw, I wanted to see the AMD British Isles edition HD1066, and the American version HD1620.
 

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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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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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Nice. A simple, logical naming scheme. Now bring on the new goods and take my money.
 
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Seems to be change just for the sake of change. It doesn't really add any new information.