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Friday, 22 April 2011 10:36

AMD leaks Southern Islands GPU codenames

Written by Fudzilla staff


They go well with spiced rum, lime and coconuts
Four codenames of AMD’s upcoming Southern Islands GPU generation have been leaked in a new revision of the HWiNFO32 system information tool.

The names are Tahiti, New Zealand, Thames and Lombok. That is about it, no additional specifics have been leaked, so feel free to speculate.

The first Southern Islands cards should appear in the latter half of the year, probably late Q3 or Q4.

More here.
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+26 #1 TechHog 2011-04-22 12:13
Okay then.
 
 
+19 #2 deadspeedv 2011-04-22 13:21
The New Zealand name is interesting since the country is basically two massive islands. Might be a dual GPU card. Tahiti and Lombok are normal islands with Tahiti being the larger.

Thames on the other hand. There is no island named Thames. There is a town in New Zealand called Thames, but that's about it.
 
 
+12 #3 yourma2000 2011-04-22 13:39
If you judge the performance of the cards based upon the size of the islands on a map then:

New Zealand = Enthusiast GPU

Lombok = Performance GPU

Tahiti = Mainstream GPU

Not sure about thames though, I only know of the river Thames in London which has tiny islands every now and then but then again the Thames is in Britain which is a above the equator unlike the rest of the islands, but maybe these will be the entry level GPUs
 
 
0 #4 Haberlandt 2011-04-22 17:19
Looking good.
 
 
+5 #5 turtle 2011-04-22 18:53
Thames/Lombak were in earlier drivers, leading me to believe Thames is the mobility ("London") series counterpart of the desktop ("SI") Lombak. IE they are the same chip...Probably the smallest one since it showed up first (which makes sense since 28nm is new) and the leaked roadmap showed Thames as the smallest mobility chip. It may be a "5D"-gen part to crossfire with Llano on both laptops/desktops.

I have no idea what New Zealand and Tahiti are, but I would assume they are (if that old leaked mobility roadmap was correct) the other two smaller chips of the 4 expected this year.

I don't think we've seen anything on the big daddy yet, and find it feasible it may launch a couple months later once 28nm ramps to accommodate a 200mm2+ chip.
 
 
-6 #6 loadwick 2011-04-23 23:18
I know it makes sense to make easier chips first but the problem with that is easier chips are the cheaper chips but the first generation on a new process is always the most expensive and possibly with very low yields so it then makes more sense to start with the very high end that only sells in low quanties and has massive margins, plus it keeps the fan boys happy as no one gets excited about the 7350 now do they?!
 
 
+3 #7 TechHog 2011-04-23 23:20
Quoting loadwick:
I know it makes sense to make easier chips first but the problem with that is easier chips are the cheaper chips but the first generation on a new process is always the most expensive and possibly with very low yields so it then makes more sense to start with the very high end that only sells in low quanties and has massive margins, plus it keeps the fan boys happy as no one gets excited about the 7350 now do they?!

... I do. :(

EVERY CARD DESERVES SOME LOVE
 
 
0 #8 thetruth 2011-04-25 14:29
I'd assume that the Thames would be a hardcore badass water-cooled card, since it's based on a river. Or perhaps Krakatoa, based on the noise and head the card would produce.
 
 
+1 #9 wiking 2011-04-25 19:12
Quoting thetruth:
I'd assume that the Thames would be a hardcore badass water-cooled card, since it's based on a river. Or perhaps Krakatoa, based on the noise and head the card would produce.

Based on that Krakatoa logic surely New Zealand will be a disaster, the place was just destroyed by an earthquake. Tahiti will be awesome though, because that place just is
 
 
+1 #10 thetruth 2011-04-25 23:54
Quoting wiking:
[quote name="thetruth"]lace was just destroyed by an earthquake. Tahiti will be awesome though, because that place just is


Tahiti just conjours up pixelated images of that Gran Turismo map. On the Playstation 1.
 

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