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MaximumPC: AMD Rumor Points to a Faster Hawaii Graphics Card

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http://www.maximumpc.com/files/u69/amd_radeon_0.jpgAMD might not be finished with Hawaii


Ever since AMD launched its Hawaii GPU architecture, there have been rumblings that a faster version exists, perhaps locked away in the Sunnyvale chip designer's underground vault for a rainy day. If that's the case, be on the lookout for storm clouds -- word on the web is that AMD will launch a faster Hawaii part next year before it comes out with Fiji. How exactly it will be faster isn't yet known.


There are multiple paths AMD could take, from higher clock speeds to more stream processors. AMD could also make optimizations to the architecture, though none of this is confirmed, of course. Whatever the case may be, news and rumor site Fudzilla seems to feel confident that a faster card is coming.


"We have learned that AMD plans to launch another Hawaii-based product before it releases Fiji," Fudzilla said, adding that both are scheduled to arrive in the first half of 2015.


If that's the case, the likely scenario will be a faster clocked part. The folks at wccftech.com, another site that's known for digging up unannounced information, thinks the new Hawaii GPU will be part of the Radeon R9 300 series rather than the current R9 200 series. The site surmises that the recent price cuts indicate AMD wants to push out as many GCN GPUs as they can in the 200 series before bumping up to its first round of R9 300 parts.


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