Performance speculation based solely on numbers doesn’t paint Cape Verde in a good light. Comparison is apt and correct because the GPUs’ pricing is similar. Yet it can be misleading to compare GPUs on a number-to-number basis. Both GPUs eclipse previous mainstream offerings by keeping double-precision floating-point support intact, putting a smile on scientific bods’ faces. As great as this sounds – and we’ve seen demonstrations of it working rather nicely – AMD has still to expose the functionality of VCE in Catalyst drivers. Understand that HD ‘s maximum board power is W. Based on a new Graphics Core Next GCN architecture and providing solid performance with excellent power-draw characteristics, the asking price alone makes them aspirational products.

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And they’ll need to, frankly, because the basic specs are much lower than we were expecting, given the quoted prices.

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The saving grace is excellent claimed power-draw figures of 80W. Cape Verde GPUs are based on the GCN architecture first brought to market with the HDand you can gain a better understanding of how it works by heading on over to here.

Trumpeted with much fanfare during the press briefings, the default core clock is 1,MHz, or a Gigahertz, and the word is AMD will be exploiting this seminal number with focussed marketing activity.

Understand that HD ‘s maximum board power is W.

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Based on a new Graphics Core Next GCN architecture and providing solid performance with excellent power-draw characteristics, the asking price alone makes them aspirational products.

AMD has used the bountiful frequency scaling of the 28nm GPUs and opted for a high core clock on the HDto offset the disadvantage created by having just processing cores.

Further, an improved HDMI specification, support for super-high-resolution displays, and ZeroCore power are forward-looking touches.

Predator 8 – Benchmarks – Batman: Compare this, absolutely unjustly, with the 2, processors, 32 CUs, 32 ROPs, and bit interface of the Daddy HD and, even in its Sunday best form, Cape Verde is a much, much less potent architecture than the range-heading “Tahiti. The anachronistic release malarkey makes more sense if taking a butcher’s at the AMD-supplied roadmap. What was the best tech product of ? Yet it can be misleading to compare GPUs on a number-to-number basis.

But such observations need to be weighed against the non-gaming benefits conferred by the HD series architecture.

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The success of AMD’s HD series GPUs lives and dies by the momentum and take-up of mainstream powecolor that, by their very nature, represent the bulk of the market.

Performance speculation based solely on numbers doesn’t paint Cape Verde in a good light. By reading this site you agree to our cookie policy.

Comparison is apt and correct because the GPUs’ pricing is similar. They’ll slot-in just above the HD series that is actually based on venerable “Juniper” technology, powrrcolor found on the HD – just don’t get us started on rebranding and codenames, people.

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AMD reckons the general improvements in the GCN architecture, as used on Cape Verde, offer gaming improvements that aren’t realised in a table like the one above.

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Be aware that AMD has changed the power-draw metric from maximum board power to typical board power. As great as this sounds – and we’ve seen demonstrations of it working rather nicely – AMD has still to expose the functionality of VCE in Catalyst drivers.

Cape Verde GPUs also have six display outputs hardwired into the silicon, with the add-in board partner choosing how many to plumb out. Click to find out more. It also has fewer processing cores and less bandwidth, too. This means that VCE is merely a tickbox on the specification page right now, and that’s disappointing because HD series GPUs are already out in the wild.

Both GPUs eclipse previous mainstream offerings by keeping double-precision floating-point support intact, putting a smile on scientific bods’ faces.

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