According to Fudzilla’s sources, AMD would be launching their Radeon HD 8000 GPUs codenamed Sea Islands in second quarter of 2013. Previously, the Radeon HD 8000 series was expected around early Q1 2013 but the latest updated AMD roadmap shows the launch date around Q2.
AMD HD 8000 GPUs in Q2 2013
AMD Radeon HD 8000 codenamed Sea Islands would be the successor to the Radeon HD 7000 series based on the 28nm GCN 2.0 architecture (Graphics Core Next 2.0). The architecture would bring improvements to overall performance per watt and would fuse the latest HSA features. Fudzilla reports that the GPUs were delayed on purpose due to the implementation of these new features.
Overall, if we are looking at a Q2 2013 timeframe for Sea Islands Radeon HD 8000 GPUs then we would first of all see the debut of their flagship Venus XTX HD 8970 followed by Venus XT/Pro HD 8950. Later on we would see the arrival of Mars and Oland based Mid-range/performance cards in Q3 2013. On the other hand, AMD’s upcoming Richland APU which features Piledriver cores would also be equipped with Radeon HD 8000 IGP, more here.
While the Desktop Radeon HD 8000 GPUs have yet to arrive, AMD kicked off its HD 8000 mobile parts as rebrand of HD 6000M / HD 7000M series. The HD 8550M for instance which is a rebrand of the HD 7550M is currently being shipped with several notebooks.