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Feb 17, 2013

AMD Confirms Radeon HD 8000 Graphics Cards Delay

A little over a week ago, we discovered a rumor about Advanced Micro Devices having supposedly delayed the release of its Radeon HD 8000 graphics cards until the fourth quarter. This has now been confirmed.

Advanced Micro Devices believes it currently has the best lineup of graphics processors and adapters on the worldwide market. Considering the tight competition between its collection and NVIDIA's boards, but the overall lower prices on Radeon adapters, it might have a point. Still, some may say that this is not a good enough reason to throw the whole tempo of the market out of whack. And by that we mean that AMD's decision to put off releasing new video cards until the fourth quarter of 2013 will basically make the market stagnate for a whole year. Then again, NVIDIA doesn't have designs for a video board refresh either. The GeForce Titan, though a powerful board, will have few buyers and will only be sold in limited quantities anyway (the launch will take place on Monday, February 18).

In any case, in 2013 Advanced Micro Devices will stick to the Radeon HD 7000 and 7000M graphics series. “The Radeon HD 7000-series graphics series will remain stable for the remainder of the year,” said Chris Hook, a spokesman for the company. On the bright side, the graphics division of the Sunnyvale, California-based company will not go completely AWOL. While no new 8000 series cards will come out in the near future, there will still be a new version of the Pitcairn GPU for the Radeon HD 7800 and possibly 7700 adapters. As for the mobile market, the Oland chip will be rebranded as Radeon HD 8000M and sold with various stream processor amounts.

The plans for Q4 have not been detailed, but it can be assumed that AMD will try to have something ready to respond to GeForce Titan, something other than the dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990.

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