Techpowerup have caught my attention today, stating that some AMD AIB partners will be skipping on using the Tahiti LE GPU that is set for release on the 27th of November. Because the Tahiti LE will not get a reference AMD card design, it will be up to AMD's partners to design their own graphics card and even reuse the PCB from their exsisting HD 7900 or 7800 range of cards.
Tahiti LE specification:
• 1536 Stream Processors
• 925MHz Base Clock
• 975MHz Boost Clock
• 2GB GDDR5 Memory
• 6000Mhz Memory Clock
Club3D is set to launch their HD 7870 "Joker" card on the 27th which will feature many of these specifications based around the Tahiti LE GPU, but it's not set in stone how many other partner will follow suit. As some of you may know, Club3D's card actually come from TuL, who are the same company that produce cards for both Powercolor and VTX3D, so it is likely that we will see a similar approach from these partners, but nothing announced just yet.
The card was expected to launch as part of the HD 7800 range of cards, not the 7900 or that partners may ship it as the HD 7890. Club 3D however have included it as their 7870 range adding the "Joker" tag line to the title.
But the details we found over at Techpowerup have shown us that there aren't many takers for the new spec and that many manufacturs will not be using it at all, at least not yet. Either they want the reference design from AMD or they're simply happy with what they have on the market already, who knows?