AMD are preparing to launch a new 28nm GPU next month in a bid to counteract Nvidia’s popular GeForce GTX 760 series. Codenamed Tonga the new GPU will be replacing the much loved, but ageing Tahiti Pro hardware. AMD have already got a competitor for the GTX 760 with their R9 280, but Nvidia have them beat in terms of power consumption and heat, and while cards such as the R9 270X offer similar power and heat levels, it’s a slower card than the Nvidia offerings and this is something we expect AMD will be looking to address.
If AMD can reduce power consumption and cost whilst offering similar levels of performance, then they could be onto a winner with Tonga. With the 28nm Tonga hardware expected to feature 2048 GCN2 stream processors, 128 TMUs, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 interface it’s certainly no slouch.
The card does feature a narrower memory bus, but with an increased stream processor count and likely higher clock speeds it should be able to balance that out nicely. Stay tuned for more information.
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