AMD Shows off Next-Generation Radeon HD 7000, Other Images Leaked
12/9/2011 by: Theo Valich
On December 6, 2011 AMD introduced first members of the Radeon HD 7000M family. The mobile 40nm parts are just the start of the lineup, to be filled with 28nm next-gen parts.
This image, recently posted on Facebook allegedly shows a next-generation graphics board from AMD
As it usually happens, the Internet quickly started to get filled with leaked images of the Tahiti boards that are coming to market sometimes in the next few weeks (if rumors hold true).
According to an image from Beyond3D forums, this image shows two Radeon HD7970 joined together in Crossfire. Notice that the board contains traces for two 8-pin PCIe connectors
From the images below, you can see that our original story was correct by stating the boards use GDDR5 (short answer to all those emails claiming that we are wrong and that the XDR2 is on Southern Islands: get over it, Ed.), and that the part uses 384-bit memory controller.
VR-Zone image shows 12 memory chips, and we have to say, the 12th memory chip looks to be oddly positioned, between the GPU and PCIe connector
As you can see on the images, the position of the 12th memory chip is a very interesting one, and the thing that we can only speculate about is the amount of memory. Our sources claim that AMD is putting 3GB of video memory, but sites such as VR-Zone are saying that the board "probably" has 1.5GB. We'll see, but in meantime, enjoy.
For one, we cannot wait to see this part from AMD.
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