We might be in for a new AMD series GPUs by this year. Yey! Rumors are now circulating that AMD could be skipping the HD8000 series and directly go to the HD9000 series, and this could be launched on October this year.
The reason that AMD might abandon the whole HD8000 series because they are already started in re-naming HD7000 series GPUs as HD8000 series and sold as parts to OEMs. As for the the Radeon HD9000 series, it is anticipated that it will be base on the Curacao and Hainan chips. These are 28nm chips based on the GCN2.0 architecture, this new architecture is reportedly has an improved front-end with 4 asynchronous computing engines, as well as a higher number of stream processors.
The Curacao XT graphics processor is expected to feature 2304 stream processors (36 compute units), 144 texture units, 48 render back ends and 384-bit memory controller. The Hainan is projected to have 1792 stream processors (28 compute units), 112 texture units, 32 render back ends and 256-bit memory controller. Both chips will share the same front-end (just-like current-gen Radeon HD 7900 and 7800 do) with 4 asynchronous computing engines [ACEs], 3 geometry engines, command processor, global data share and so on.
I really don’t care what the above specifications means. But I believe that one thing is for sure, the new HD9000 series that might be released this year will rival the Nvidia 700 series. It is said that this series might be release along side the next-gen consoles when they get launched late this year in preparation of the holiday season. We all know that both the PS4 and the Xbox One carries AMD processors and AMD GPUs. And for sure, the road to this release will be nothing but exciting, if this rumor would produce something, then we only have a few months left to wait.
AMD have not commented regarding this rumor, although if you are an AMD fan, this rumor would likely help you hold of your upgrade to a GTX700 series graphic card.