UPDATE: Turns out the Radeon HD 8950 is a REBRAND of the Radeon HD 7000 series! EOM.
Lenovo teased the Erazer X700 at CES 2013, a new gaming desktop PC that will be released in June for around $1,499. One of the interesting things is that the specification sheet of this gaming PC lists the yet-to-be-released AMD Radeon HD 8950 3GB graphics card as one of the system's configuration options. Other features of the system include an Intel Core i7 Extreme series processor, up to 16GB DDR3, various HDD storage options, a Blu-ray drive and DVD burner, optional 7.1 channel surround audio, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, USB 3.0, and a 9-in-1 memory card slot. The system can be configured with dual-graphics, it supports up to dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or up to dual AMD Radeon HD 8950. The latter model is expected to be introduced later this quarter.
Finally we have a note that it will be available in two options: with NVIDIA SLI of two GeForce GTX 660?s or AMD’s Crossfire with two Radeon HD 8950?s. Furthermore we learn that it will have 3GB of memory, which means it will have the same frame buffer as its predecessor Radeon HD 7950.
This is actually all we know for now, so our need for more valid information will have to wait. What we do expect however is a new 28nm GPU with the updated Graphics Core Next technology. What has been said for now is that it may have up to 2048 Stream processors, but if that’s not the case, then we might see at least more raster operating units. As for the memory, it’s quite obvious that AMD will not change a lot with the current HD 7950?s configuration. The 3GB capacity across a 384-bit interface is already enough. The question that should be asked is: why is this card put next to a mid-range GeForce GTX 660?