AMD plans no new graphics cards in 2013, report

Subject: Graphics Cards | February 8, 2013 - 10:03 PM |
Tagged: amd, radeon

In a report first spotted by Rage3D from source website, news is filtering out that AMD may in fact have no new discrete graphics card releases for the remainder of 2013!  While talking with the APAC media about the fantastic Never Settle Reloaded game bundle, they showed THIS slide. 

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That seems to indicate that at the very least through the 3rd quarter of 2013, AMD has no plans to update or add to its discrete graphics card roadmap.  We had heard whispers of this fact while at CES in January but this pretty much puts a cap on it.  And with the wording of "throughout 2013" it could indicate we won't see new product until 2014.

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Also shown, this product comparison between AMD and NVIDIA, put together by AMD, is a bit lopsided and less than 100% accurate in my eyes.  With the release of the new 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark AMD has a distinct advantage and it seems the slide here is based completely on that....blech

Regardless, what does it mean if AMD actually has no new discrete, enthusiast class cards for 2013?  We know the rumors are swirling about the NVIDIA GeForce Titan based on the GK110 and sporting 2688 CUDA cores and it will likely take the place as the fastest single GPU card on the market.  AMD has been depending on its partners to build multi-GPU options based on Southern Islands like the ASUS ARES II and Powercolor Devil 13 but they have been pretty low volume.  Our original review of the HD 7970 launched in December 2011....this could be quite a drought. 


February 9, 2013 | 06:32 PM - Posted by Jules (not verified)

Fake graph made by trolls.

We already know HD8000 is already comes in mobile variant. Desktop part aren't that far behind.

Expect HD 8000 in spring or early summer.

February 9, 2013 | 06:47 PM - Posted by Jules (not verified)

*Had to reply myself to made edit. can be merge with my comments above.

From Anand's Amd graph we know there will be "Solar" parts coming in Q2. And if the part are above HD8800 they must be HD8900.

As we all know the mobile part are just desktop part of lower tier ex:
Desktop HD 7700 ---> Mobile HD 7870m
Desktop HD 7870 ---> Mobile HD 7970m

Logically, HD 8900m translate to desktop HD 8800 part. They are not rebrands, since we know rebranding a last gen takes virtually no time and little work.

February 10, 2013 | 10:58 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

About time AMD made an effort to support the existing hardware better than complicating matters by introducing more 'new' products. It would be nice if they could get the drivers right for once. They have time and they should take advantage of it. This news is not surprising as they have been hemorrhaging a ton of money over the last few quarters. It would be better if they could make the small architectural modifications that are necessary to make the GPUs more efficient and slip them into the channel rather than rebadging them. Of course, a note to the buyers about the changes would be welcome.

February 11, 2013 | 08:32 AM - Posted by Irishgamer01

Too busy making the chips for Xbox 720 and PS4
If all your staff are working on these projects, with on going staff cuts, something had to give.

To be honest I hope Nvidia stick the knife in.
Don't think they will, as its a duoply so they will
want to avoid a price war, and AMD would quickly cut priced to counter any new cards.

We need a third force.....Intel? Na

February 12, 2013 | 09:06 PM - Posted by Holyneo (not verified)

Well I'm gonna assume AMD gonna release a better driver giving a 7970 a bigger lead. :)

February 13, 2013 | 10:49 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Just a sign of the times. Gaming is now driven by the consoles and the current crop, or even the previous gen PC graphics cards, are more than capable of running any game out at full max settings. Plus the number of new PC titles lined up for 2013 is tiny compared to a few years ago. Are people really bothering to upgrade their cards these days? My HD6950 2GB will run anything i want to play with all the frilly bits turned on. What incentive is there to upgrade? There's no money in the discrete graphics card market. So absolutely no surprise AMD aren't wasting money on new cards. Wouldn't mind betting Nvidia will do one more upgrade and call it quits too.

February 14, 2013 | 08:23 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

AMD should do a double 7970 Chip with 4096 Stream Processors :D

February 18, 2013 | 06:24 AM - Posted by Thordrune (not verified)

I don't think this is that big of a deal, if it is true. Based on my experiences with an HD7970 recently, I'd say they still have quite a bit of improvements to make with GCN, driver-wise. This will give them enough time to focus on that and make those cards really sing.

As for NVIDIA, I'd imagine Titan would make the GTX 680 look like a bargain. While it'll be quite interesting to see how it performs, I doubt very many people outside of reviewers will get a hold of one. Any news on the next generation for them?

If there are HD8000-series desktop parts this year, they'll probably be a respin at best, rebadge at worst. Hopefully if that happens, GCN will trickle down to lower-end parts as well. I feel that it's a great architecture that just needs a bit more polish on the drivers.

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August 22, 2013 | 08:13 AM - Posted by Manilla Bhousley (not verified)

this time the graphics card should have increased amount of graphics memory with the support of quad core processors. . .
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