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AMD Radeon HD 8970, 8950 to launch next year - packing 5.1 billion transistors each

AMD to unveil Radeon HD 8970, 8950 early next year

By Anthony Garreffa on Sep 26, 2012 08:00 pm CDT - 0 mins, 58 secs reading time

Well, it appears as though AMD are looking to launch their next-gen high-end GPUs as soon as early-2013 with some out of this world naming. The top end cards will arrive as the Radeon HD 8970 and HD 8950 with codenames of Venus XT and Venus Pro, respectively.


These cards will sport no less than 5.1 billion transistors, include 3GB of RAM and sport a 384-bit memory bus. There's no bandwidth numbers just yet, but they should be pushing out some serious digits - those 5.1 billion transistors are going to be cranking along very nicely. KitGuru are reporting that we should see the Radeon HD 8970 unveiled at CeBIT in March, with a full launch at Computex a few months later in June.

The new GPUs are ahead of schedule, giving AMD some power to release a product if NVIDIA comes out with a surprise between now and then. You can also see on the chart above that there's a dual-GPU teased, the Radeon HD 8990 - now that will be a monster if I've ever seen one. We're talking 10.2 billion transistors worth of GPU goodness right there, enough to get the pants rising on any enthusiast.

Anthony Garreffa

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Anthony Garreffa

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games to be built around consoles. With FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with high-end, custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU technology is unwavering, and with next-gen NVIDIA GPUs about to launch alongside 4K 144Hz HDR G-Sync gaming monitors and BFGDs (65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR G-Sync TVs) there has never been a time to be more excited about technology.


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