Common sense says that AMD will soon be releasing the Radeon HD 7000 graphics card series in the months to come. We have heard rumors that the series will be arriving late this year or early next year, which might be keeping some of our readers from investing in a new video card. We heard months ago that the Radeon HD 7000 series would be a bottom to top launch, with Radeon HD 7000 series mobile processors leading the way. The new buzz on the internet is that several of the first AMD Radeon HD 7000 desktop graphics cards are going to be just mere rebrands. The AMD Radeon HD 6350, 6450, 6570 and 6670 appear that they will live on as the Radeon HD 7350, 7450, 7570 and 7670.
Fairly reliable sources point out that a bulk of Radeon HD 7000 series graphics cards will be based on rebranded current and previous generation GPUs. This bulk mostly spans across the entry-thru-mid range of the product lineup. Familiar GPU codenames such as Cedar, Caicos, and Turks, make a comeback with Radeon HD 7300 series, HD 7400 series, HD 7500 series, and HD 7600 series. Moving up the ladder, the source postulates two possibilities for Radeon HD 7700 series. First, and more plausible, is that the series is based on Juniper (a hop across two previous generations!); the second is that these make use of rechristened GPUs from a slightly higher market position from the previous generation. Perhaps Barts, perhaps even highly crippled Cayman. The only real next-generation GPU is codenamed “Tahiti”, but we’re hearing that graphics cards based on it are said to not follow the Radeon HD 7000 series nomenclature altogether.