Leaked roadmap hints at next Radeon HD 7000 releases

AMD now has two Radeon HD 7000-series graphics cards under its belt: the Radeon HD 7970 and, as of this morning, the Radeon HD 7950. Problem is, neither of those is particularly affordable. The 7950 starts at $449, and its big brother sells for upwards of $549. When are cheaper derivatives coming out?

The guys at CPU-World claim to have an answer to that question. They've posted a leaked roadmap from one of AMD's graphics card partners (MSI), which says the next members of the 7000-series family to roll out will be the Radeon HD 7770 and 7750. Both are purportedly primed for a concurrent launch on February 15. Next up are the Radeon HD 7870 and 7850, which are due some time in March, and the CrossFire-on-a-stick Radeon HD 7990, whose precise launch schedule has yet to be determined (though the roadmap seems to position it in the second quarter).

CPU-World's story includes some specs and pricing, too. It says the Radeon HD 7770 will cost $149 and feature 896 stream processors, 52 texels/second of texture filtering power, 1GB of RAM, and a 900MHz core clock speed. The Radeon HD 7870, meanwhile, is said to be a $299 offering with 1408 stream processors, 88 texels/second of filtering capability, 2GB of RAM, and clock rates "comparable" to those of the 7700 series. The 7750 and 7850 are said to be a little cheaper and slower than their full-featured siblings, just as one might expect.

At that rate, it sounds like AMD might have a nearly top-to-bottom next-gen lineup ready before Nvidia's Kepler GPU is even out the door. Not that that would be a first—AMD has a history of getting a head start with new graphics launches.

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