Last June we commented that AMD had already completed the design of the Sea Islands GPU, or what is the same, the AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series that will replace the current AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series. Still a long time for it to come out officially, but as usual its beginning to happen with recent details of possible specifications.
The current series of graphics cards AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series are working like a charm, as they offer great performance in both games and in GPGPU computing applications. The bad news is that we still do not know an exact date for the launch of the Radeon HD 7990, The AMD DualGPU solution, although recent data pointed to manufacturers who would have to make their own versions with two GPUs, such as it has been done with the PowerColor with the Radeon HD 7970 X2 Devil 13.
Obviously too early to know the exact details of the Radeon HD 8000 Series, so that all information that is available is estimated and not official of course, but always good to know because sometimes this information tends to be correct.
Based on the latest reports, the AMD Radeon HD 8870 graphics cards would be faster than the current GeForce GTX 680, which to this day is only possible with the HD 7970 GHz Edition in the world of monoGPUs. Its base operating frequency consist of 1050Mhz and could reach 1100MHz by using Boost PowerTune technology. For its part, the Radeon HD 8850 would be comparable to the GeForce GTX 670 and its operating frequency of 925MHz and 975Mhz using Boost PowerTune.
The Sea Islands cards of AMD will still manufactured in 28nm and are expected next year 2013, so we still have a long way to go.