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Monday, 17 October 2011 10:04

AMD might launch first 28nm GPUs in December

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Volume shipments still in 2012


AMD is apparently planning to introduce the first round of its 28nm GPUs in early December, but don’t count on getting one for the holidays just yet.

According to heise.de, the rumoured launch date is December 6, but AMD won’t ship the new chips in volume for some time after that. Sources believe AMD will churn out a limited number of GPUs for qualification and some performance testing, but it will take a few additional weeks for them to ship in volume.

Details are still sketchy and it is unclear whether AMD will introduce entry level, mid range or high end parts first. In any case it’s nice to see any development on the graphics front. Neither AMD nor Nvidia have launched any new cards in 2011, apart from dual-GPU versions of existing high-end architectures, not to mention the fact that we’ve been stuck at 40nm for two and a half years.

However, the transition to 28nm seems to be proving problematic for AMD and Nvidia alike, so it would be wise to expect a rather slow launch schedule and ramps.

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+2 #1 Kryojenix 2011-10-17 10:16
Would I be wrong if I suggested also that current generation mainstream and enthusiast GPUs are more than adequately servicing all but the ultra-extreme high-end market?

Don't get me wrong, I really want an uber-dual-GPU for triple FHD monitor 3D gaming with all settings at max incl. anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering. Just that for anyone with up to 1x FHD monitor, and for most games (except a few) - the existing range of GPUs is sufficing.
 
 
+4 #2 eugen 2011-10-17 10:27
for me it is not i need 2x the power that 6970 has to be able to play with vsync ON 60fps constant i need more performance..
 
 
+10 #3 Blacky 2011-10-17 11:03
You are right, but this also means that I can buy better cards for a lower price. Which is what most consumers what!
 
 
+6 #4 nele 2011-10-17 12:09
Quoting Kryojenix:
Would I be wrong if I suggested also that current generation mainstream and enthusiast GPUs are more than adequately servicing all but the ultra-extreme high-end market?

Don't get me wrong, I really want an uber-dual-GPU for triple FHD monitor 3D gaming with all settings at max incl. anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering. Just that for anyone with up to 1x FHD monitor, and for most games (except a few) - the existing range of GPUs is sufficing.


Yes, at least to some extent. The vast majority of consumers will stick to 1080p for years to come. 3D is nothing but a gimmick imho.

There's really no immediate need to upgrade for most users, but 28nm means lower prices, lower temperatures and noise etc.
 
 
+9 #5 Vizeroy 2011-10-17 12:30
For me the next gen cards is all about reduction of needed power and heat dissipation.
From performance point of view, my 5870 is still ok, but it is quite hot.
 
 
+4 #6 STRESS 2011-10-17 13:22
Quoting Vizeroy:
For me the next gen cards is all about reduction of needed power and heat dissipation.

That is likely to be only true for the AMD camp. nVidia so far was able to match or more often surpass the power consumption of their previous generation with their latest generation.
 
 
+8 #7 thematrix606 2011-10-17 13:26
I'm sorry, but trying to run Battlefield 3 on Ultra you will need a new card... I don't know what flash games you are all playing.
 
 
+4 #8 nt300 2011-10-17 13:49
What's interesting about this 28nm GPU launch for AMD is the fact the HD 7000 series is a new design almost built from the ground up. These cards are much needed and futher, it will help push Innovation and Price Drops all accross the board. Good Job ATI-AMD....... 8)
 
 
0 #9 bardenck 2011-10-17 13:59
Quoting thematrix606:
I'm sorry, but trying to run Battlefield 3 on Ultra you will need a new card... I don't know what flash games you are all playing.



assuming you are correct, not everyone is willing to justify another upgrade of at least 300$ to have a couple settings enabled that their current card cant handle... a gtx 460 or greater is plenty.
 
 
0 #10 jguernsey 2011-10-17 14:57
Quoting thematrix606:
I'm sorry, but trying to run Battlefield 3 on Ultra you will need a new card... I don't know what flash games you are all playing.


I am able to keep aboove 45 fps with 1 GTX 480 with settings maxed in the Beta.
 

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