Performance-wise, AMD expects the new GPUs to be substantially quicker than their predecessors. The company’s internal benchmarks show gains of around 20-50% from the Radeon HD 7590M to the.
AMD launched the Radeon HD 8000M Series of mobile graphics processing units at CES in Las Vegas last night. These are the first GCN architecture GPUs available to notebook manufacturers. The company says that “designs are currently shipping with ASUS and Samsung, with Lenovo and additional OEMs shipping soon”. These high performance, app-accelerating GPUs are even suitable for ultrathins, according to AMD, due to their battery stretching AMD Enduro technology.
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At the same event AMD announced the availability of AMD HD 8000 series graphics cards for OEMs. These cards feature GCN architecture, support for Direct X 11.1 (for optimal acceleration in Windows 8), AMD app accelerations and intelligent power management with AMD ZeroCore Power technology. Radeon HD 8000 series graphics will be available in desktops from several major OEMs as soon as “late January”. However, these OEM graphics cards are mainly Radeon HD 7000 series cards rebadged to HD 8000 OEM cards to make them sound new and better. Even the lowly HD 5450 has been transmogrified into an HD 8350 OEM for the purposes of marketing.
An example on a Radeon HD 5450 which will be rebadged for OEMs as an HD 8350 OEMFancy paint brushes.
Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Graphics said of the launches “Today’s simultaneous launches of our AMD Radeon HD 8000M Series for mobile and the AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series for desktop graphics symbolize a major milestone for AMD – we are now bringing the capabilities of our GCN Architecture, and full DirectX 11.1 support to a much broader market.” He went on to say how these improved graphics processors can help users be more productive in multimedia applications and improve video and image quality whilst being power efficient.
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You can find the full specifications for the AMD Radeon HD 8000M series here in a PDF.
AMD's graphics cards based on their first-generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, the Radeon HD 7000 series and the OEM-rebadged HD 8000 series, aren't currently compatible with DirectX 11.2. Speaking at GDC, AMD engineer Laylah Mah revealed that the current range of AMD GPUs will be incompatible with Microsoft's new API when it launches alongside Windows 8.1.
However, this incompatibility is only at the driver level according to Mah; the actual hardware of the HD 7000 series can support DirectX 11.2. When Microsoft finalized the specification, it ended up slightly different to what AMD was anticipating, causing the incompatibility. Mah says that this issue could be solved with a driver update in the future.
Direct3D 11.2, the 3D graphics API component of DirectX 11.2, includes a number of useful new features that game developers can implement. Tiled resources is one such feature, which allows the storage of high-resolution textures in both graphics memory and system RAM, keeping the GPU from being overburdened. This could ultimately lead to an unprecedented amount of detail that won’t appear fuzzy or blurred when viewed close up.
Amd Radeon 8000 Series
DirectX 11.2 will be exclusive to Windows 8.1, which launches October 18, as well as the Xbox One. AMD says that the CPU-GPU combination chips that they've provided for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are compatible with DirectX 11.2, although at this stage it looks like only Microsoft's console will use the API.
Nvidia's latest range of GPUs, the GeForce 700 series, only partially support the features of DirectX 11.1 and above. Considering the relatively slow adoption of Windows 8, and how it took developers several years to implement DirectX 11 features in the latest games, we don't expect to see many DirectX 11.2 titles any time soon.