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AMD 7000 “Southern Islands” to launch Q2 2011



/ 6 years ago

No sooner than the dust has settled on the 68xx launch and the 69xx confirmation, that it appears AMD are revving up for another huge launch: the 7xxx series “Southern Islands” chips, currently rumored to be launching Q2 of 2011.

Previous sources clearly gave us an indication of these cards being released in the third or fourth quarter of 2011, but with Nvidia sitting firmly on 28nm chip samples, AMD aren’t prepared to let Nvidia get the last laugh, thus meaning the cards are expected to release on the 28nm fabrication processes, hugely incresing the amount of transistors that could be potentially crammed onto it. Other details are very scarce at this present time.

There is also the possibility that AMD is intending to add 1100 to the number of each product, which could indicate that the 5970 is receiving a replacement n the form of the 7070, perhaps with the same fabrication process of the 6970, leaving the numbering system clear and simple for the 7170 (6870 successor) and 7270(6970).

This would benefit AMD, as they could then sell the 40nm dual chip 7070 alongside the 7170.

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  • tilica

    Now let`s hope we won`t have another re-branding of some cards, otherwise i won`t understand a thing. The present chip 6xxx runs pretty cool from what i`ve seen, but we`ll have some time to test the new monster from AMD 69xx until the next series in 2011. As far as there is war between AMD and Nvidia the good part is for us, maybe we`ll have some more cut offs. At least for Christmas.

  • aruffell

    I am expecting some 6900 series cards direct from AMD to review, and i'm guessing that the 7000 series will be no different so keep checking back :)Andy

  • thebigbadwolf

    Wow, let us know when you get them 😀 cant wait to see them 😀

  • buburuza72

    you will be the performance king while you test it. or keep it? 🙂

  • tilica

    We are checking back. I don`t know when, but AMD still needs to confirm the 69XX series

  • aruffell

    Was confirmed in their Financial Analyst day, check back tomorrow when we will have a AMD desktop graphics roadmap analysis article :)Andy

  • buburuza72

    6970 and 6990. now that`s would i call using the big gun!

  • thebigbadwolf

    buburuza72;13919 wrote: 6970 and 6990. now that`s would i call using the big gun!

    isnt the 6990 delayed and only the 6950 and 6970 coming out in december?