It looks like our speculation that the PC graphics market would slow down considerably this year may be showing true. Last Friday, the official AMD Radeon twitter feed retweeted their head of Global Channel Sales with this:
— AMD Radeon Graphics (@AMDRadeon) February 8, 2013
The link leads to this interview at Japanese site 4Gamer, with AMD Desktop Graphics Product Manager Devon Nekechuk. The interesting part is that they have revealed a new roadmap for desktop graphics, including this slide:
If this is accurate, it is contrary to what has been shown before. This roadmap shown last year suggests that AMD planned for next-gen GPUs Sea Islands to make an appearance early this year, potentially within the first quarter.
It looks like those plans have been changed, and AMD is going to ride out Southern Islands until late this year, or maybe even next.
My take on this is that there isn’t really a need to move forward in graphics just yet. If the current rumors regarding the specs of next-generation consoles hold true, any Southern Islands GPU over $200 would be enough to keep pace with them.
Via: Tech Report