CHIP DESIGNER AMD has topped off its OEM-only Radeon HD 8000M series with the Radeon HD 8970M chip intended for gaming laptops.
AMD's Radeon HD 8000M broke cover at CES with the firm opting to rebrand its successful Graphics Core Next (GCN) GPU architecture for laptops. Now the firm has completed its mobile product range with the Radeon HD 8970M that will debut in MSI's GX70 laptop.
On paper AMD's Radeon HD 8970M reads more like a high-end desktop GPU, with 1,280 stream processors clocked at 850MHz that can be boosted to 900MHz, while the GDDR5 memory is clocked at 1,200MHz. AMD touted the GPU's compute performance with 2.3TFLOPS single precision floating point performance and 144GFLOPS double precision performance.
Of course AMD didn't hold back on touting gaming performance. The Radeon HD 8970M supports DirectX 11.1 and the firm trotted out some benchmarks it ran that showed a significant performance jump over Nvidia's Geforce GTX 680M. However it should be noted that Nvidia's mobile refresh isn't too far off and should produce closer benchmark scores between AMD and Nvidia.
As mobile GPUs are largely useless without a laptop, AMD announced that MSI's GX70 will carry both its A10 accelerated processing unit and a Radeon HD 8970M GPU to drive the 17in 1920x1080 resolution display. The MSI GX70 also supports AMD's Eyefinity multi-display technology and, given the horsepower on hand, it might actually mean that multi-display gaming on a laptop is possible.
Though AMD's Radeon HD 8970M will end up in niche laptops, that the firm has managed to stick a GPU that is capable of 2.3TFLOPS of computing power into laptops is nothing short of mouthwatering for those that want to do a bit more than gaming. µ