Out of the blue, AMD has released the first official information regarding its upcoming Radeon HD 8000M series of mobile GPUs.
The Radeon HD is the second generation of graphics cards based on AMD’s GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture which was introduced by the Radeon HD 7000 series. That said, the new card’s GPU is a brand new design manufactured using 28nm process.
More details will be revealed during CES, a couple of weeks from now, but we already know that the Radeon HD 8000 is 100% DirectX 11.1 compliant. According to AMD, the new design is an improvement over Radeon HD 7000 in terms of both power efficiency and performance.
The first members of the Radeon HD 8000 family will be the 8500M, the 8600M, the 8700M and 8800M. The first three cards will sport 384 Stream Processors with engine clocks of 650MHz for the 8500M, 775MHz for the 8600M and 850MHz for the 8700M. The most powerful of the bunch will be the Radeon HD 8800M will sport 640 Stream Processors with 700MHz engine clock. All cards except the 8800M will be available in 1000 MHz GDDR3 and 1125MHz GDDR5 variants. The Radeon HD 8800M will be equipped with 1125MHz GDDR5 memory exclusively.
Make sure to check AMD’s benchmark results in the screens tab.