AMD announces Radeon HD 8000M series GPUs

AMD has been generally quiet when it comes to the GPU market. According to Engadget, AMD is now shipping its latest series of GPUs made for laptops—the HD 8000M series. The first of these, known as the Radeon HD 8555M, is shipping inside the Asus Vivobook U38DT. The GPUs will be making their presence felt in 2013

AMD has also revealed some promises about the GPU, which show the Radeon 8800M destroying Nvidia's Geforce 650M in benchmarks. The company hasn't released any more information though, such as power consumption.

All four chips in the series—the 8500M, 8600M, 8700M and the 8800M—contain AMD's latest 28nm Graphics Core Next architecture. This gives them benefits when it comes to DirectX 11.1. The GPUs are also set to benefit from power saving features like ZeroCore, which cuts off power to unused cores, and PowerTune, which boosts clock speed to use untapped power.

Future seems hazy for the chip giant

Next-gen Radeons


Back in November, AMD had announced its FirePro GPU workstations in India. According to AMD, the FirePro W9000 GPU features incredible compute and increased memory bandwidth and offers better multi-display support performance than the competing solution. AMD has also launched the AMD FirePro W8000, W7000 and W5000 workstation graphics cards, which are all built on the AMD Graphics Core Next Architecture, and designed to balance compute and 3D workloads efficiently for computer-aided design and engineering, and for media and entertainment professionals.

AMD FirePro A300 Series accelerated processing unit (APU) is designed for entry-level and mainstream desktop workstations. Featuring AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, the new AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs are designed for users who require a high-performance computing platform to power their computer-aided design, and media and entertainment workflows.

David Cummings, Senior Director, Engineering WS Graphics, AMD said, “As professionals work with larger data sets that demand advanced visualization and complex models, they need a graphics solution that is fast, powerful, and reliable. Certified for today’s software applications, the new AMD FirePro workstation graphics cards bring a range of features and capabilities for professionals working in digital signage, broadcast graphics, CAD/CAE and M&E, delivering the ideal balance of power, performance and reliability at the right price point.”

“Design professionals demand workstation-class tools that enable productivity and flexibility in their workflow, and the AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs enable workstation integrators and OEMs an exciting new computing platform on which to design and build powerful, entry-level desktop workstation configurations that deliver unbeatable value for CAD and M&E workflows,” added Mr. Cummings. "The AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs combines AMD FirePro graphics technology with advanced CPU technology, delivering incredible compute performance, refined design flexibility and outstanding efficiency."

Earlier this year, AMD had released its Radeon HD 7990. A dual-GPU card from AMD was inevitable, as it, just like Nvidia, always has a dual-GPU graphics card that is usually the fusion of two of its highest-end GPU cores linked by CrossFire on a single PCB.

Published Date: Dec 18, 2012 05:03 pm | Updated Date: Dec 18, 2012 05:03 pm