Rumor: AMD to plug gap between Radeon HD 7870, 7950

Might we see another mid-range Radeon debut in the not-too-distant future? German website HT4U.net seems to think so. The site claims to have it on good authority that AMD is planning a "Tahiti LE" graphics card, a slower sibling of the Radeon HD 7950 that will sit between that card and the Radeon HD 7870.

Details are few and far between, but considering the name, I’d expect a "Tahiti LE" card to feature the same Tahiti silicon as the 7950 and 7970, just with fewer enabled units and perhaps a narrower memory interface. HT4U.net says its "internal information" suggests AMD’s branding won’t bear that out, though. Word is that the upcoming card will carry Radeon HD 7800-series branding—the site speculates that it could be dubbed the "Radeon HD 7870 Boost."

We’ll find out soon enough if HT4U.net has its facts straight. It says AMD will release the Tahiti LE card later this month. There’s no word on pricing just yet, but considering the Radeon HD 7870 starts at about $230 and the 7950 is priced around $300 and up, something around the $260-270 price point seems likely.

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    • moose17145
    • 7 years ago

    Totally off topic, but still pertaining to AMD… Would still like to see TR do a review with the latest AMD and NV drivers since supposedly the latest drivers gave a decent performance boost (especially on the AMD side from what I gather…) But I am still skeptical until I see TR do one of their nice reviews on the matter.

    • clone
    • 7 years ago

    what AMD really needs to do is add 10 more cards to their lineup because atm choices are lacking & I feel far too limited, the lineup is without a doubt spartan, they’ve only got HD 7970 Ghz edition, 7970, 7950, 7870ghz edition, 7870, 7850, 7770ghz edition, 7770, 7750, 7670, 7650 ….. and son on, then after were done with the 7xxx’s all that’s left is the HD6970, 6950, 6870, 6850, 6770…. and so on along with a few HD 5xxx’s.

    and none of them are even remotely close to what I want!!!!!!!….. I want something indistinguishably faster than it’s next closest part while selling for $3.00 more or I’m not damn well buying!!!!!

    Nvidia is just as bad btw….. but then again Nvidia isn’t introducing yet another variant of existing silicon…. at least that I’m aware of.

      • internetsandman
      • 7 years ago

      I think trolling needs to be a bit more sophisticated than saying blatantly false things as if you’re absolutely convinced they’re true….

        • travbrad
        • 7 years ago

        When did sarcasm become “trolling”? I don’t see how anyone would think clone was actually being serious.

          • internetsandman
          • 7 years ago

          It’s what trolling has seemingly devolved into, it went from being almost identical to raving stupidity to…..only slightly less so, really. Occasionally there’s a gem that’s actually amusing and worthwhile, but it’s rare

          There’s the other definition of trolling as well, insulting and mocking people and whatnot, and to that I say trolling is an incredibly polite name for being a colossal asshat.

            • clone
            • 7 years ago

            you are the colossal asshat you decry as judged by your ranting.

            given the hypocrisy, the disproportionate response and the tears, your inability to find humor in posts really doesn’t matter.

            note edited 2X to remove/substitute 2 words so the first sentence fit without the response being opened.

        • clone
        • 7 years ago

        don’t claim having thought prior to composing this post.

    • internetsandman
    • 7 years ago

    So it uses the same chip as the 7900 series…The 7900 series is superior in terms of both performance and marketing potential…and they decide to associate the product with the lesser valued 7800 series?

    • CaptTomato
    • 7 years ago

    Another meaningless card to me…..

      • brute
      • 7 years ago

      Every card is meaningless unless it’s a Hallmark.

        • CaptTomato
        • 7 years ago

        Unfunny, but appreciate the attempt.

        • travbrad
        • 7 years ago

        That’s because you’re a Hallmark fanboy!

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    It’s a good job there are lots of numbers left between 7870 and 7950.

    Imagine how completely DUMB it would be to increment your model numbers by 10, name your smallest chip a 650, and then your largest chip a 660, having already decided you want three different chips.

    I mean, [i<]then[/i<] you'd have to use suffixes like "Ti" and "Limited Edition" and.. uh.... Oh, to hell with it. Just lie and confuse the crap out of consumers by putting a pretty anime girl wearing an impossibly-skimpy space suit. Those idiots will buy [i<]anything[/i<].

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      Or they are so perplexed with the choices they just wait it out until it makes sense.

    • Goty
    • 7 years ago

    There’s so little space in between the 7870 and 7950 anyhow, it’ll be interesting to see how this is marketed.

      • Silus
      • 7 years ago

      I agree. The price will be the defining factor.

    • tfp
    • 7 years ago

    I wish the head lines was: “Rumor: AMD to put finger in graphics card dike.”

      • brute
      • 7 years ago

      that’s something i can fist pump to

    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    If the rumour isn’t from Donamim Haber, it can’t be true – those guys know what AMD is doing before even [i<]AMD[/i<] knows it.

    • Kurotetsu
    • 7 years ago

    Either “HD7890” or “HD7930” would make sense for naming.

      • Elsoze
      • 7 years ago

      They did this with the HD 4830 IIRC. Seemed to work just fine then and made much more logical sense then adding a word to the end of the numbers.

        • Airmantharp
        • 7 years ago

        The HD5830 (and GTX465) were both turkeys, rejects each and every one. The **30 naming is done.

          • travbrad
          • 7 years ago

          The 5830 was definitely overpriced but the 4830 was a great budget card.

          That’s part of the reason the 5830 was so disappointing, because the 4830 had been such a good card for the money.

            • jihadjoe
            • 7 years ago

            The 4830 worked because the 4850 was a fully enabled 4870, just with lower clocks.

            If we convert ATI’s current lineup to 4000 series naming:
            7970 GE = 7970
            7970 = 7950
            and the 7950 would be the 7930

      • flip-mode
      • 7 years ago

      Yep.

      • ULYXX
      • 7 years ago

      I kind of like the sound of HD 7930 if they were to take this naming scheme.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        It has precedent, too. Also, the xx90 number has typically been reserved for crossfire on a stick cards.

          • TDIdriver
          • 7 years ago

          True, but that has only been in x900 cards. The original xx90 card, the 4890, was not dual-gpu. Also, in the x800 series the -X2 suffix is what has been used to denote a dual-gpu card.

          In this case 7930 would make the most sense though because it’s a cut down 7900 series part instead of a ramped up 7800 series one.

      • Alexko
      • 7 years ago

      Agreed. HD 7870 Boost, however, is dumb.

      Considering the performance of AMD’s marketing department lately, it’s probably going to be 7870 Boost.

        • alwayssts
        • 7 years ago

        It used to be a joke to say ‘what marketing department?’, but these days…really…does AMD have a marketing department?

        At any rate, I would call it 78-we-want-to-release-8850-for-this-market-but-have-to-get-rid-of-tahiti-chips-first-0.

        Guess: 1536sp, ~925/5000 stock.

        Same thing I think 8850 will be (granted it’s all but certain that will be 256-bit/2GB and may use 6gbps ram).

        Either would pretty much equal a stock TI…and considering that ti’s max tdp (with overclocking) is quite purposely smack dab between 7870 (170w) and 7950 (200w)…pretty safe assumption what they are going for…1536sp that can max out the process like 660ti (~1200mhz+) and beat it the same power envelope at 1080p because of more resources. Wonder if they will have to butcher the bus, make a weird mem config, or slim it down to 1.5GB to make that happen.

      • Sargent Duck
      • 7 years ago

      HD7930 would be perfect me thinks, leave the “HD7890” for crossfire on a stick sort of jazz.

      7870 boost? Ooh Ooh, I know. How about the 7870 GTX XT Turbo! Yessss!!!!!!!!!

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 7 years ago

        7870s already come out of the box at 1000MHz. The 7950 boost was made because the GPU clock was around 800MHz.

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