AMD Radeon HD 8000 Desktop Cards Hitting Retail in H2 2013

So you’re packing a GeForce GTX 580 or Radeon HD6970, and it’s upgrade time as soon as the next generation of cards hit. With 8000 series cards popping up in OEM PCs from Vizio and Asus, you’d think the higher-end retail cards would be right around the corner, right?

Not exactly. I met with AMD today at CES to talk graphics hardware, and when the retail/channel HD 8000 question popped up, the answer was not Q1 or Q2 2013. AMD is riding high on solid HD 7000 sales, especially with recent price breaks. Why replace a product that’s still selling so well? Plus, there’s no rush to launch a new wave of cards until Nvidia hints at a GeForce 700 series launch. As AMD Product Marketing Manager Darren McPhee put it during our meeting: “We already have a roadmap, and we’re sticking to it…[the] 7000 series is very strong in the channel.”

So when will the new desktop retail HD 8000 parts launch? The second half of 2013. That’s when you’ll be able to go on Newegg or Amazon and buy an HD 8870 or 8970. For now, you can find HD 8000 parts in notebooks, and some mid-range HD 8000 cards (which might be rebranded HD7000 parts) in OEM PCs. ¬†When the HD 8000 retail cards DO hit, however, they’ll all have Graphics Core Next 2.0, DirectX 11.1, and PowerTune, and every part will be manufactured with a 28nm process.

Game Front was on-site at CES 2013 (January 8-11), covering all the latest gaming gadgets. Check out all of our CES 2013 news, previews and features.

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