Commenting on: AMD Radeon HD 7970 introduces 28nm GCN Architecture, Eyefinity 2

Posted by Tony DeYoung on December 22, 2011

AMD today announced the AMD Radeon HD 7970. Why this is particularly interesting to the professional CAD/DCC community is because of the new SIMD-based Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture first detailed at the 2011 Fusion Developer Summit.  Basically GCN enables the card to act both as a a graphics workhorse and a computing (e.g. OpenCL, C++ AMP, DirectCompute) workhorse for the processing of non-3D workloads such as video rendering, photo editing, code cracking,  physics FX and scientific calculations.

The 28nm process means the new cards are faster than their 32 nanometer predecessor equivalents, without consuming significantly more power,…

Tags: GPGPU, Hardware
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