AMD Radeon HD 8990 and 8970 Leaked Online?
AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) fans may or may not be in for big boost from their favorite VGA manufacture as today a Spanish website leaked a variety of details about the rumored upcoming Radeon HD 8000 series graphics cards. Now for the sake of speculation let us say that the leaks are true and if so there will be a Dual-GPU version launching in the 2nd quarter of 2013. This actually mirrors the recent reports that AMD is pushing the entire HD 800 series into 2013 although originally the HD 8000 was scheduled for 2012.
What the website BitDreams.se says (Translated through the Google Translator) is that 2 HD 8000 cards are currently being planned for released in Q4 2012, but chance are slim to none that that is happening at this time frame. Regardless of what or when gets launched AMD’s new flagship HD 8990 (Venus XTX) will have silicon that is built on 5.1 billion transistors between the 2 GPUs. It will also sport 5,210 Stream Processors, 160 Texture units per GPU, 48 ROPs per GPU a pair of 384-Bit busses and memory from 6GB to 12GB clocked at 1250MHz.
Now if we go the other direction and look at a card lower down the ladder we see the new Radeon HD 8750 (Oland Pro) coming in with 2.1 billion transistors 768 Stream processors, 40 texture units, 16 ROPs and a 128-Bit memory bus with 2GB GDDR5 memory running at 1150MHz. GPU clock speed on the 8750 is 800MHz. There are still a few more cards to fill in the gaps for different users and budgets including the HD 8970 (Venus XT) the HD 8950 (Venus Pro) both have a 384-Bit memory controller. Lastly we see 2 additional 256-Bit cards, the 8870 (Sun XT) the 8850 (Sun Pro) and finally the other 192-Bit card the 8770 (Orland XT). As of now these are just leaks, but we all know that the folks in red and black will be back to attack with something up their sleeves very soon.