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Friday, 09 December 2011 15:10

AMD's Barts replacement Pitcairn comes in February

Written by Slobodan Simic

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Updated: Week after Chinese New Year


According to our sources, AMD's mid-range HD 7000 series GPUs based on the Pitcairn GPU will come after Chinese New Year, or late in February, while CeBIT that starts on 6th of March is currently the launch date of the new dual-GPU New Zealand part.

According to the current AMD schedule, Pitcairn is scheduled to launch after Chinese New Year. Since the Chinese New Year starts on February 3rd this year, and ends with Lantern Festival on the 15th day, you can expect the Pitcairn to be launched somewhere around the 20th of February, or simply a week after Chinese New Year.

There has been no talk regarding the price of these cards and the recently rumoured prices are simply an educated guess as if you have Tahiti prices, which are still not set in stone according to our sources, it is pretty easy to guess the pricing of mid-range cards. The rumoured pricing, put Pitcairn cards at US $299 and US $199. It is expected that Pitcairn will be branded as Radeon HD 7870 and HD 7850.

Of course, we are still a long way off from the February launch date so there will probably be more leaks after the CES 2012 show in Las Vegas. In any case, AMD has a decent amount of breathing room as Nvidia's Kepler is still scheduled for March, or simply, Cebit show time, but we guess we'll at least see something from Nvidia during CES 2012.

Update: 

We were accidentally looking at the wrong date for Chinese New Year and since the Chinese New Year starts on January 23rd next year, it means that Pitcairn should come early to mid-February rather than late February. It ain't official yet, but our sources claimed that it should be launched a week after the Chinese New Year, and since it ends on 15th day, that date should be somewhere around 7-10th of February. Credit goes to one of our posters in the comment section for having a keen eye.


Last modified on Sunday, 11 December 2011 16:51
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0 #1 trajan2448 2011-12-09 16:13
Looks like AMD and Nvidia's release dates are getting very close to each other.
 
 
0 #2 majorpayne 2011-12-09 17:01
This year my major upgrade will be in graphics card either 7870 CF or 560TI replacement in SLI.
 
 
+3 #3 milkod2001 2011-12-09 17:58
Quoting trajan2448:
Looks like AMD and Nvidia's release dates are getting very close to each other.

only for mobile parts, both are rebrands though
 
 
-1 #4 Kryojenix 2011-12-10 11:05
Waitaminute! New Zealand? Dual GPU? 2 islands?! :P Though it is a bit confusing since New Zealand has a north island and a south island, whereas these cards are supposed to be all Southern Islands...
 
 
+1 #5 superkingr00lz 2011-12-11 13:08
Quote:
expect the Pitcairn to be launched somewhere around the 20th of February, or simply a week after Chinese New Year.


Wow. You should stop making up "facts". Chinese new year is 23rd Jan for 2012.

If your source says after chinese new year then we could expect Pitcairn in early to mid Feb (rather than mid to late Feb as per your 20th Feb guestimate dates) as mainland Chinese take one whole week off work for their festivities.
 
 
+1 #6 superkingr00lz 2011-12-11 13:08
Edit: Double post
 
 
+1 #7 bobo 2011-12-11 16:43
Quoting superkingr00lz:
Quote:
expect the Pitcairn to be launched somewhere around the 20th of February, or simply a week after Chinese New Year.


Wow. You should stop making up "facts". Chinese new year is 23rd Jan for 2012.

If your source says after chinese new year then we could expect Pitcairn in early to mid Feb (rather than mid to late Feb as per your 20th Feb guestimate dates) as mainland Chinese take one whole week off work for their festivities.


Will update the article accordingly ... Was looking at 2011 CNY date thus Feb 20th ... Thanks for the heads up ..
 
 
0 #8 fuadzilla 2011-12-12 16:50
slobodan is still talking about 2011 year of the rabbit chinese new year. he's right that the cny this year (2011) fell on 3 feb. but he is a full year behind calendar and forgot we're talking about 2012 dragon year which falls on 23 jan next year. dude, seriously, nobody is going to launch 2010 xmas sales bonanza for this upcoming xmas! you gotta keep up with time as tech industry is a face-paced one.
 
 
0 #9 fuadzilla 2011-12-12 17:00
legit reviews claimed 10 jan 2012, with calculation of 3 jan + 7 days. however, i could wait 2 more weeks if fudzilla is right. can't rely on the dark satanic rumour mill too much anyway...heh.

http://legitreviews.com/news/12012/

others claimed 9 jan 2012.

http://www.techpowerup.com/156641/January-9-Launch-Date-for-AMD-Radeon-HD-7900.html
 

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