AMD VP Confirms New Radeon GPUs Coming In Q4 2013
New AMD Radeon graphics cards are definitely coming before the end of 2013.
During an interview with Forbes, AMD’s Graphics Business Unit GM Matt Skynner confirmed that new cards would be out within the next few months. The new GPUs, codenamed “Hawaii,” are built on a 28nm manufacturing process, while the die size is 30 percent smaller than Nvidia’s current Kepler chips.
“They’re coming in Q4. I can’t reveal a pricepoint but we’re looking at more traditional enthusiast GPU pricepoints. We’re not targeting a $999 single GPU solution like our competition because we believe not a lot of people have that $999. We normally address what we call the ultra-enthusiast segment with a dual-GPU offering like the 7990. So this next-generation line is targeting more of the enthusiast market versus the ultra-enthusiast one.
“It’s also extremely efficient. [Nvidia's Kepler] GK110 is nearly 30% bigger from a die size point of view. We believe we have the best performance for the die size for the enthusiast GPU.
“Another thing I can tell you is about the process node: this GPU is in 28nm. Some have speculated that it was 20nm and it’s not for a specific reason: At 28nm for an enthusiast GPU, we can achieve higher clock speeds and higher absolute performance.”
Other interesting tidbits from the interview:
- Battlefield 4 might be rolled into AMD’s Never Settle Forever program, which means the game would be a free option for people who buy new Radeon graphics cards.
- Catalyst driver updates have drastically improved Radeon 7990 performance.
- AMD might be working on a program similar to Nvidia’s GeForce Experience.
There is an AMD Radeon press event happening within the next few weeks, so Game Front will have more information on the new AMD GPUs soon enough. Stay tuned!
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