As you might able to recall, AMD has recently unveiled its product roadmap for 2013 during its CES media briefing earlier this week and part of those products are the new Radeon HD 8000 series GPUs – codenamed “Solar System” for notebooks and “Southern Island” for desktop. For notebooks, the GPU is available in 11 different models that are divided into four HD Radeon 8000M families: the 8800M, 8700M, 8600M and 8500M. The launch also marked the arrival of AMD’s Graphic Core Next (GCN) architecture into the notebook space through the new GPU series. The AMD Radeon HD 8000M GPUs are equipped with up to 640 stream processors as well as processor’s clock speed of up to 800MHz (900MHz in boost mode) together with up to 1.125GHz memory clock speed and computational power of 992GFLOPS (single precision). Essentially, the Radeon 8800M GPU series seems to be based on the previously released 7800M series – codenamed “Cape Verde”- while the rest of the new 8000M family are based on a new core codenamed “Oland”. On the desktop side of the business, the AMD Radeon 8000 GPU products are only available on OEM desktop systems for the time being. Most of the Radeon 8000 GPUs for OEM desktop are actually rebranded GPUs that originated from as far as Radeon HD 5000 series, as pointed out by AnandTech. That doesn’t mean they are shabby though as the Radeon 8000 GPU for OEM desktop systems are equipped with up to 2,048 stream processors with clock speed of up to 1GHz (1.05 GHz in boost mode) as well as up to 1.5GHz memory clock speed and computational power of 4.3TFLOPS (single precision). The AMD Radeon 8000M GPUs are already shipping in several laptops by Asus and Samsung with more OEMs to follow up soon. As for their OEM desktop counterparts, they will be available on OEM desktop systems starting from late January 2013 onwards. To learn more, head on to the official website of the AMD Radeon 8000M series for notebooks and Radeon 8000 series for OEM desktops.
AMD Launches Radeon HD 8000 GPU Series