AMD: Volcanic Islands R1100/1200 (8***/9*** series) Speculation/ Rumour Thread

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  1. LeStoffer

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    Also from maximumpc:

    Key word is "compete" when we're not in Mantle mode. Good enough, but without Mantle it may not be a GTX 780 killer.
     
  2. DavidGraham

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    Only when GI is done via compute shaders , DICE has never done that before in BF3 and they didn't announce it too. In fact only one studio did it as far as I remember (Codemasters).

    One of Epic's developers announced a while back that they have seen the most amazing thing from NVIDIA , and it's not related to GPUs .. I think we can now assume that they MIGHT be preparing an answer , considering the very close ties between them and the guys at the Unreal engine.
     
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    That is what AMD simply put will put to good use while some see the 290x as, ok similiar to the 780, add Mantle and you gear into above Titan territory for half the price while still having compute on the card....
    so here we have a situation where the 290x and maybe even the 7970/280 are doing way better in a few months due to the new API.
    smart move.

    I as a gamer I admit soon 50 I am a gamer I get better sound immersion after Microsofts removal from hardware that been lacking and more fps with my card making it go on for longer for me if I play BF4 which I am highly likely to play and this makes me as a gamer, happy.
    The way they AMD are going about this allows a whole new direction of gaming where the developer can fine tune the sound and the performance allowing a deeper and richer set of visuals and sounds that make a PC game, a PC game for real.

    If I had planned that tech day the presentation had been very different.
    Those guys are good at what they do but presenting they would need a overhaul with.

    Now I understand why so many have been hired by AMD from other competitors.
    its a gamechanger
     
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    Mantle could be a gamechanger. In the hands of Nvidia or Intel it would be, as throwing money at devs is probably the key to it's success. We'll see just how serious AMD is about it soon enough.

    Some more info is required though - can it work complimentary to DX11 or is it an all or nothing gig? If it can be used simultaneously it's surely a massive win for AMD. If not, that's something they have to be working on.

    There is so much potential here for AMD to score a huge victory. Steambox and just plain old Linux seem destined to adopt it asap. Even Microsoft could be forced into adopting it or integrating into DirectX somehow. How it will work with the consoles is another question - just how close to a console API is it? Close enough that ports are simplistic? If so that's another huge win.
     
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    I am baffled about how you came to this conclusion. :???::???::???:
     
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    ... because they said "will definitely compete with", not "will definitely be faster than". :?:
     
  8. sheepdogexpress

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    I figured one way for those leaks benches to be true.

    http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.expreview.com%2F28411-all.html

    In this review the clocks of 290x is 1020 mhz.

    I just calculated the frequency of the the frequency based on 5TF to be about 885mhz. Based on 5TF/ 2/ 2816/1000000 = 885mhz

    So if we divide 885 by 1020 we get 86.76% If we multiply all the scores in that leak by that amount, we get something for the most trades blows with a gtx 780 but pretty much consistently loses to titan.

    Considering scaling doesn't work so well in regards to frequency for firestrike, it would explain the less than 8000 firestrike score.

    So at stock clocks this things matches up with a gtx 780.
     
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    Well here could be the answer to one of my questions...

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/7371/understanding-amds-mantle-a-lowlevel-graphics-api-for-gcn

    Holy mother of God can you imagine what is going to happen if this turns out to be the case?
     
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    You put a little bit word on his mouth there.... If he have say "it will definitively be faster of the 780", some will have conclude by " so not faster of Titan ..".. Lets wait and see..

    Im not too worry about Firestrike score... i dont remember when a card have shown is full potential in 3Dmark benchmark with early driver or release press driver.
     
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    Compete with the 780/Titan = slower than 780 in your eyes?

    It seems to me that it will compete with the Titan in performance and compete with the 780 in price(complete speculation).
    The sentence you quoted does not contain enough information to jump to the conclusion you did.
     
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    Fair enough, Wynix. Anyway, we shall soon see. I hope it will be plenty fast.
     
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    That will be a wait of at least several days, if not weeks. Quite annoying wait actually. Why should we wait?

    Yes, it can be slightly slower and significantly cheaper and in that case it would perfectly match with the aforementioned description.
     
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    I wonder how involved MS is with XBO's low level graphics API. If it's entirely AMD's baby, then they could very well have a similar API for PS4 as well.

    If that's the case, then even multiplatform titles will have reason to use Mantle, and you could well be right about the huge implications.

    Remember when NVidia said they basically let AMD take the console business?
    http://uk.gamespot.com/news/ps4-not-worth-the-cost-says-nvidia-6405300
    That could really bite them in the ass now. I wonder if they burned any bridges with Sony due to PS4 getting a rather outdated architecture and NVidia trying to milk profits. Didn't they have a dispute with MS with the first XB?
     
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    No. It's >1Ghz at stock, that's more or less a given from the >4G tris/sec slide. (or come up with a good explanation of them doing 5 or 6 triangles/clock, instead of the doubling from 2 to 4 ;) )
     
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    I have seen quotes from Nvidia saying how they "let AMD win the consoles" and how it wasn't worth it to make a chip, but who else could have supplied a combined CPU/GPU with the levels of performance required?

    Both MS and Sony realised that it was a pain in the ass to create the tools for custom hardware so that developers could create code and content. It was actually a barrier to games development. By going to x86/x64 and a PC-style GPU on the same chip, most of the heavy lifting is already done. The console devs simply transition to the tools and ecosystem that already surrounds the PC space.

    Even Intel, had they been willing to make such a chip, would have wanted too much cash to do that instead of their profitable CPU lines, and Intel would not have been able to provide anything more than a mid-level GPU on the same chip.

    Nvidia on the other hand, could provide a GPU, but not a x64 CPU.

    There really was no other choice than AMD to bring the lost console sheep back into the fold of the glorious master gaming race of the PC. [​IMG]
     
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    nVidia has long been rumored to have an x86 chip in the works. At least I think I remember them having access to an x86 license somehow, leading to lots of speculation along those lines. But they still could have created a high performance ARM-based solution if they really wanted to compete for the console contracts.
     
  18. Dave Baumann

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    That was a "need to save face" statement. It wasn't too long before that, prior to the confirmation that AMD was in 'em all, Jensen was stating "we'll be in one of them, right, because its impossible for one company to do three".
     
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    but that's just a rumor you've just created;)
    AMDs desktop APUs are not faster than Haswell, yet they create an APU for consoles that is way more powerful. Why would Intel be not able to also stuff some more shading resources into their iGPU ?
     
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    Because until now they didn´t want, or they didn´t need it. But, we could see even a Super Nintendo 2 with a Iris Pro 2. Intel is getting hammered all around.
     
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