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Confirmed: AMD's next-gen Radeon graphics will use high-bandwidth memory

Brad Chacos | May 8, 2015
The rumors were true, gamers. AMD teased more details about its next-gen Radeon graphics processors at its financial analyst day on Wednesday. As long suspected, at least some of the upcoming graphics cards will be the first to feature high-bandwidth memory (HBM), the supercharged successor to the GDDR5 memory used in today's graphics cards.

Mobile graphics and an imminent desktop launch

Take that information with a hefty grain of salt, however, especially since it sounds like AMD plans to unveil its new graphics card lineup sooner rather than later. AMD's fiscal quarter ends in June, and earlier this week, HP outed a trio of unannounced Radeon GPUs — the R9 380, the R7 A330, and the R7 A360 — as part of a barrage of announcements for new systems due in June.

Su also announced a new lineup of M300-series mobile graphics for OEM notebooks. Vendors will begin announcing laptops with the new GPUs imminently. Su didn't reveal any in-depth details about the M300 series, but their launch prior to the desktop R9 300-series indicates they could be rebrands of previously available chips rather than all-new GPUs built on fresh silicon.


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