AMD is going to introduce next generation GPUs in the next year through AMD Radeon 8000 series. The code name for this Radeon HD series is Sea Islands.
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AMD is going to introduce its next generation GPUs in 2013. It will start its journey through AMD Radeon 8000 series. The code name for this Radeon HD series is Sea Islands. It would obviously be better than the current Radeon HD 7000 series. Some fantastic new features will be included in Radeon HD 8000 series boosting performance up to 40%, compared to present generation.

AMD Radeon HD 8000

In gaming industry, the name of AMD holds a great position in gamers’ minds. The chip maker, which acquired graphics chip vendor ATI in 2006, has continued ATI’s legacy. Its AMD Radeon HD series is considered as one of the best GPU series in the gaming industry (which includes AMD Radeon HD 6450, AMD Radeon HD 6770, and AMD Radeon HD 7950 etc). In this process, AMD is lining up Radeon HD 8000 series, code-named Sea Islands, for the market; to be launched in 2013.

sea island

Radeon HD 8000 series will use 3 types of GPUs- Venus( high-end), Oland( performance based) and Mars (mainstream) . Latest beta driver also revealed 4 Kaveri and 5 Kabini device ID solutions for the upcoming GPUs which will be incorporated into Radeon HD 8000 series. The following table will show the major features of the GPUs and the revealed model names of Radeon HD 8000 “Sea Island” series.

Code Name

Revealed Model




(9 models)

Radeon HD 8970

  • Have around 5.1 billion transistors in a 410mm2 die,
  • Use 28nm technology.
  • 2 to 4 raster engines with 2560 cores
  • approximately 160 TMUs
  • 32 or 48 ROPs
  • 384-bit memory interface

Over 30% to 40% increase


(3 models)

Radeon HD 8870

  • 3.2 billion transistors on a 230mm2 die,
  • 28nm product.
  • 2 raster engines,
  • 96 TMUs and
  • 32 ROPs.
  • 1536 cores
  • 256-bit memory interface.

Over 20%




Radeon HD 8770

  • 28nm GPU,
  • 1.7 – 2.0 billion transistors in a 135 – 160mm2 die
  • 1 raster engine,
  • 40-48 TMUs
  • 16 ROPs.
  • The core count is around 768 or 896,
  • 128-bit or 192-bit memory interface

Over 35%


Source: AMD, Legit Review, Guru 3D

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