AMD Radeon HD 8800 Series: Some rumors revealed

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.

Samsung S IV may come very soon

After launching the Samsung Galaxy S III, which had a resounding sales success, the company has began to work on its successor, the Samsung S IV.

Samsung S IV is on its way.

The only surprise with this successor is found on its release date, which would be a little earlier than expected, and that this smartphone would be launched at the Mobile World Congress, so that shipments could begin as early as in March of next year(2013) providing we survive the Mayan calendar, just nine months after the debut of the Galaxy S III. This would imply a very aggressive product cycle.

About the specifics not much is known for now. Some rumors say that will have a 5-inch screen and a quad-core Exynos processor.

Rumored performance of the AMD Radeon HD 8870 and HD 8850

If we didn’t already have enough with months of rumors about the  Nvidia GeForce GTX 600 Series based on the revolutionary Fermi architecture, we now will have to wait months to talk about its competition, the AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series, known as the Sea Islands.

The AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series that will use the Sea Islands architecture, which is the evolution of Graphics Core Next architecture of the current generation at 28nm manufacturing process.

In this first rumor we deal with the Radeon HD 8870 and Radeon HD 8850, which are not the fastest Sea Islands series GPUs, but the way forward would indicate a need that AMD has to regain the performance crown against arch-rivals , Nvidia.

Comparing with the Pitcairn GPU (mounted on the HD 7850 and HD 7870), the Oland GPU mounted on the Radeon HD 8850 and HD 8870, incorporates 3,400 million transistors, while Pitcairn is one billion in 2800, the Die of Oland estimated in 270-280 mm2.

According to the source, the AMD Radeon HD 8870 would be more powerful than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680, but not it was not revealed how by much, but compared to the GeForce GTX 660 Ti they did talk about, in their opinion its about 30% more powerful compared to the recently launched Nvidia card.

The AMD Radeon HD 8870 would have an Oland XT GPU with a base frequency of 1050 MHz and 1100 MHz with Boost Mode, implementing unique PowerTune features, achieving increased bandwidth up to 192 GB/s. The new Radeon HD 8870 will have memory frequency of 6.0 GHz,  presumably, with a 256-bit interface. The amazing thing about this model is its TPD, consuming less than 15W that the Pitcairn XT GPU mounted HD 7870.

The AMD Radeon HD 8850 would be comparable to the GeForce GTX 670 in terms of performance, which comes  with a GPU Oland Proo @ 925/975 MHz. In this case, the TPD would be similar to the Radeon HD 7850, 130W.

Its launch will be “close”, being scheduled for January next year (2013), and its launch price would be 22% lower than their counterparts from the 7000 series.

Via: Videocardz

AMD: Official launch of the APU Brazos 2.0

AMD has officially launched the new line of E-Series APU of which we learned you about their characteristics 3 weeks ago, the platform is not big news regarding previous E-Series and mainly consists of an increase in the frequencies of both the CPU and the GPU , but reducing consumption by a bit and bringing some new features like native support for SATA 3 ports, USB 3.0 and SD cards.

The New APU called E2-1800 and E2-1200 use the same die as the previous E-450 and E-300, but as the 40nm manufacturing process  is already a “veteran” in optimizations they allow to have an improvement in the form of higher frequencies. It also links the implementation of the new chipset A68M which is what enables native support for USB 3.0 ports and SD cards , and also improves consumption by only 750mW compared to 950mW from the old A50M .

characteristics in terms of the frequencies of the CPU and GPU of the new APU can be seen in the following table:

Among the innovations that the new Brazos 2.0 platform also provides over its predecessor is the support for technologies Steady Video Technology 1.5 and Quick Stream Technology , also has -3 SATA ports, and as discussed above, a reduction in consumption. The following table you can see a comparison between the previous Arms platform and the current Brazos 2.0 :

It is expected that these new APU could appear soon in new equipment on the market, but for next year 2013 the launch of the new AMD APU Kabini with nuclei Jaguar is expected, which will have a manufacturing  process of 28nm and GCN GPU, which alone is a significant advance.

AMD chipsets will not support PCIe 3.0 until 2013

Several months ago there was a rumor circulating on the web information on the possible inclusion in the new AMD chipsets, under the roadmap of AMD for this year, for support for PCIe 3.0 with future AMD chipsets 1090FX and 1070 , for AMD FX-Series microprocessors  first-and second-generation socket AM3 + motherboards.

As reported by SemiAccurate these new chipsets from AMD, chipsets like the ones present for the Llano APU and Trinity, the A55 , A75 and A85X , will not have native support for PCIe 3.0, instead have been relegated to the future more specifically 2013 the possible of including native support for PCIe 3.0 on AMD chipsets, which users can only have the option for just support for PCIe 2.0 on AMD platforms.

is also true that the lack of PCIe 3.0 support is no great disadvantage, as it has been found in numerous reviews, the difference between 3.0 and 2.0/2.1 PCIe bus is negligible in practice, in terms of advertising that manufacturers do there is always a psychological component that influences the buyers alot, and that AMD is relegated to second place in behind its nearest competitor, which is logically Intel , that has already for some time now motherboards on the market that incorporate support for PCIe 3.0 with its chipsets.

The fact that AMD has not yet revealed in any of their roadmaps to include support for PCIe 3.0, which is not making any news that could point in that direction, and the information SemiAccurate  posted on their site indicate that this year certainly there will not allow such support, and everything points to the future launch of the chipset A95X , who will relay the A85X and that will be for future APU Kaveri , AMD users do not have support for PCIe 3.0 until the next year 2013.

Intel wants computers with retina type screens

 The new Apple iPhone has a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels on a screen of just 9.7 inches, thanks to its retina display screen and we now know that Intel wants to bring this type of display with high pixel density to laptops and desktops .

During the Developer Forum in China, Intel has stated that displays with retina should begin to be included in larger systems from the year 2013 . The resolutions would range from 2560 x 1440 pixels for a 11-inch ultrabook up to 3840 x 2160 pixels equipment all in one 21 inches . Despite the increased density of pixels, notebooks do not have the same density as has iPad , 2048 x 1536 pixels at 9.7 inches, as the screens of the devices are optimized for viewing normal distances, in a device like the iPhone that distance is about 30 centimeters and a computer is 60 centimeters.

To produce these changes it is required the use of operating systems that support these resolutions , much higher than what we have today.

Source: The Verge