One of AMD’s add-in-board partners just leaked a slide detailing the upcoming product launches from AMD. Following today’s launch of AMD Radeon HD 7950 the company plans to launch four new desktop GPUs before the first quarter is over.
Coming up first will be the boards targeting the $99-159 price tag, both based on a GPU chip codenamed "Cape Verde". Cape Verde Pro will become AMD Radeon HD 7750 1GB, while Cape Verde XT will become Radeon HD 7770 1GB or 2GB on February 15, 2012.
For those paying attention, Cape Verde Pro and XT carry 128-bit memory interface, but there will be odd combinations such as half-height HD7750 with 64-bit interface and odd amount of memory, such as 512MB DDR3 for special market projects.
AMD-sanctioned boards will utilize 1GB of DDR3 or GDDR5 memory, while the custom boards will vary from 512MB to 2GB and we would even wager a 4GB DDR3 board from one of Chinese vendors by Computex timeframe (as a way of raising product’s price).
Following the launch of Radeon HD 7750 and HD 7770, AMD plans to unveil Pitcairn, its $179-249 targeted GPU board for performance consumers. Pitcairn will get the name Radeon HD 7850 (Pitcairn Pro) and HD 7870 (Pitcairn XT). Pitcairn Pro and XT both carry the 256-bit memory controller, keeping the performance envelope in check, on the level of former high-end Radeon HD 6950 and HD 6970 at a new price point. The launch date is set for March 6, 2012 as the first day of CeBIT 2012 trade show in Hannover, Germany.
Remember that due to AMD Fusion APU i.e. Heterogeneous System Architecture (former Fusion System Architecture), AMD is no longer making dedicated chips from the x100, x200, x300, x400, x500 and now, x600 architectures. Radeon HD 7100/7200/7300/7400/7500/7600 are all based on older Evergreen (VLIW5) and Northern Islands (VLIW4) GPU architectures and either embedded inside the APU chips, or rebranded old generations.
Expect the same trend to continue going forward with the 8000 and 9000 generations, while there is a rebrand coming for the 10000 series, which won’t see the light of the day in the five figure form.