It was confirmed yesterday that AMD would unveil their latest Hawaii GPU in the last week of September in Hawaii. The event in Hawaii would be the first time when AMD publicly announces their latest Volcanic Islands family and the Hawaii GPU, although the card itself would launch at a later date.
AMD Hawaii GPU Aiming to Blow Away The Titan?
The folks at Chiphell forum seem to have performance results of an Hawaii GPU which is a qualification sample. It is not know or told what the codename is or what kind of specifications does the card boasts so we would advise our readers to take this with a pinch of salt (just incase). Nevertheless, if this is truly AMD’s next generation beast than its a good one as seen in the 3DMark Firestrike results. The Hawaii GPU which falls in AMD’s Radeon HD line of graphic cards scores 4816 Points in Extreme preset. A quick Google on the intent reveals that the GeForce GTX Titan ends up with a score of 4500-4700 Points on Extreme preset while the GeForce GTX 780 scores a bit lower around 4400-4500 Points.
Its no doubt that the Hawaii GPU would tackle the one and only GK110 core from NVIDIA. GK110 stands strong against its competitors from AMD in the HD 7000 series. Both the GeForce GTX Titan and GeForce GTX 780 do well in performance although they do cost alot too. The end point would be what GPU offers more value to consumers. If AMD is going all out to tackle the GK110 with their Hawaii GPU, then they also have to keep the prices under control.
The performance looks much more impressive when comparing generation vs generation (Southern Islands vs Volcanic Islands). The Radeon HD 7970 scores 3300-3500 points in the same benchmark so this is a major increase in performance on AMD’s end. But it could also stir up some questions, if the chip is going to perform with such tendency, would the cost of the graphics card end up higher around the GTX 780 levels or lower. Price wars between both rivalries always benefits the consumer. But we have seen what NVIDIA did with their current generation of graphic cards. The GeForce GTX Titan sits at its $1000 premium price range knowing the fact no card from AMD can compete against it. AMD can do the same with their card, keeping its price adjusted at a concrete spot for months until NVIDIA comes out with something new, Maxwell.