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AMD Unveils Preliminary Radeon HD 8000M Series Mobile GPU Details 51

MojoKid writes "AMD has just released some preliminary information regarding the company's upcoming Radeon HD 8000M series of mobile GPUs. Based on the naming convention alone, it may obvious that the Radeon HD 8000M series is AMD's second generation of products featuring the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture, which debuted in the Radeon HD 7000 series. Like its predecessors, the Radeon HD 8000M series targets gamers with full DirectX 11.1 support and improved gaming performance over the previous-gen, but the architecture also lends itself to GPU compute applications as well. The Radeon HD 8500M sports 384 Stream Processors with an Engine Clock up to 650MHz. Memory clocks will vary based on the use of GDDR3 or GDDR5 memory. The Radeon HD 8600M is essentially the same, but with a slightly higher Engine Clock up to 775MHz. The Radeon HD 8700M is also based on the same GPU, but will be clocked at up to 850MHz, for a further increase in performance over the 8600M. The Radeon HD 8800M series, however, is based on a larger, more powerful chip and will sport 640 Stream Processors with an engine clock of up to 700MHz. GDDR5 memory will be used exclusively with 8800M, at speeds up to 1125MHz. It will be interesting to see how these new GPUs stack up versus NVIDIA's latest GeForce 600M series of mobile chips."
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AMD Unveils Preliminary Radeon HD 8000M Series Mobile GPU Details

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    I wonder if these new cards are gonna be any better mining those bitcoins even after the reward halving...


    • by Anonymous Coward
      Fool's game.
    • Did I just read a press release?
    • Nope! All GPUs are dead and buried the second that ASICs come out. A 220 watt 5830 can do 330MH/s overclocked to the max. The new Jalapeno ASIC for about $149 can do 3,500MH/s (over 10x faster) at 2.5 watts.
      • by Lennie ( 16154 )

        And the value of bitcoins will drop like a brick when these get these devices get on the market ? And continue dropping until the price of running such a device is higher than the bitcoins it creates ?

  • by ( 311775 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @12:13AM (#42321881) Homepage Journal

    I have 350 heads on a 305 engine and a Nikon D3200 with a 18–55 with a new DX-format CMOS that can do 3.4 FPS while I chat over IAX using G.729.

  • Power specs? (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Honestly, that's sort of 50% of why the 600 series is such a badass in the mobile market: because it has a pretty damned low power draw and still manages to issue forth a lot of power. I'm seeing them show up in ultrabooks, for god's sake. Can AMD really bring the heat on this?

    • by jakobX ( 132504 )

      If they fix Enduro then yes. They started fixing the damn thing recently so i guess the answer will be yes.

  • While it's all fine and good emphatizing on the computing capabilities and bragging with MHz, GFLOPS and the such, any good slashdotter knows we're already well beyond the "good enough" threshold.
    In the meantime, only few vague words are spent for improved power efficiency.

    I personally don't feel the need for a graphic card that goes the double faster and draws 80% more power.
    Give me a graphic card that goes same as the actual one, but consumes 40% less, thank you.

    • For things like games, nothing will be "good enough" for a long time. For general computing tasks, you are correct though.

      Anyway. Both AMD and NVIDIA release also cut-down versions of their architectures, which should accomplish what you want. You get a chip that consumes less power than your previous one, but has roughly the same amount of performance than what you had.

      • Indeed, mid-range (~$200 price-metric) video cards from 2 generations ago such as the 8800GT were drawing 105 watts under load. An equally performing (in a gaming context) card now draws ~65 watts and is under $100, with twice as much memory.

        But with regards to raw computing prowess (DirectCompute/CUDA/OpenCL), these mobile GPU's completely spank that 8800GT I mentioned above pretty hard. Computationally they are significantly faster, but because they lack comparable memory bandwidth they simply cannot fa
      • Re:Power consumption (Score:4, Interesting)

        by somersault ( 912633 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @09:19AM (#42324467) Homepage Journal

        Game graphics are already "good enough" though. Good enough doesn't mean "photorealistic" in all cases. Photorealism ruins the feel of certain types of games - for example I preferred the style of GTA III to GTA IV. I think Saints Row 3 gets a nice balance between the two. Keeping slightly cartoon-ish characters while making the environment more realistic. Especially in fantasy games.

        For racing games and other vehicle simulators etc we already basically have photorealism in the models and lighting. It's little details like camera shake help to make things feel more realistic, and I'd say they're more important details than getting the last few percentage points towards perfect reflections and particle physics (though those are nice too).

        It's people who buy games based on graphics that are letting gaming become such a formulaic experience these days. What isn't "good enough" these days is how publishers take a good idea/series and plow the shit out of it. The guitar hero/rock band games were great fun, but they oversaturated the market. Assassin's Creed 1 was okay. 2 was spectacular, Brotherhood even better. But then they brought out Revelations which didn't add much at all or have a particularly involving story, and even AC3 felt a bit rushed IMO. The graphics in all of these games are definitely good enough to get the job done. It's the gameplay that is important.

        Sigh. Rant over..

        • I think Saints Row 3 gets a nice balance between the two. Keeping slightly cartoon-ish characters while making the environment more realistic.

          Agree with that one. Saints Row 3 is really nice package both technically and artistically.

      • Matter of taste.

        For me, "good enough" means Half Life 2 graphics quality, which even an older card can handle. For instance, the Nvidia 8600 GT in my older, secondary PC from 2007 :-)

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I alredy have 8600 ...
    oh wait never mind.

  • I can see a bit of a problem with the numbering system that nVidia and ATI use. nVidia had a range of mobile graphics processors that used the name 8x00m. Queue lawsuit and consumer confusion in 5...4...3...

  • and always have, but the 7970m has been out an age, was a good price, had potential to be the gaming card in mobile riggs - and came out with broken drivers. AMD seemingly had extreme disinterest in fixing these drivers, or were unable to fix the problem with drivers. Someone inside AMD has to get a grip and make sure issues like this get solved, resolved, fixed.

    And I do not know how the 7970m got stellar reviews - because later it became legion that it has issues. I hope the 8000m series is better.

  • Well, based on the naming convention, it may obvious... or it may not.
  • These cards are based on the same Southern Islands core as the 7000 series. So, why is AMD calling these 8000 series? Because AMD has run out of money, causing the real 8000 series (Sea Islands) to be delayed: []

  • "It will be interesting to see how these new GPUs stack up versus NVIDIA's latest GeForce 600M series of mobile chips."
    Not really. I care about how they stack up against the trinity A8 and A10's onboard graphics chips. Those things kick ass. One got a 6.6 if I remember correctly in WEI on a semi-gaming laptop I got for someone and it ran Fallout New Vegas at 60FPS at medium high settings at 1440x900. Anyone know if these are any faster? I would assume they are but for all I know they run in coordinati
  • I really do not plan on playing games on a *shudders*, laptop. For someone that was really looking for the best value, the most performance for least cost, the desktop will always be where the cutting edge is on performance. You can't beat the desktop which does not have to worry about space, cooling and power restraints, that lead to lower powered devices that cost more.

    Also, shouldn't AMD be producing x86 cell phone system on chips and working on getting these sold to manufacturers as it should have years

  • Wasn't AMD supposed to have it's 8000/9000 series release with their documentation for the OSS drivers?

    This would be a good oportunity for AMD to release driver documentation, so dev can start developing FLOSS drivers for *nix.

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