AMD unveils new GPU range, including the fastest yet

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AMD has announced the initial lineup of new Radeon graphics cards that will be part of its Volcanic Islands family. The new graphics cards form part of the Radeon R-200 series and are based on a new revision of the GCN architecture from AMD.

The lineup so far is comprised of five new cards; the R7 250, R7 260X, R9 270X, R9 280X and R9 290X. To wrap your head around the new naming scheme, this article will help: New AMD GPU naming scheme explained

Prices scale from $89 to $299 for the R9 280X. AMD is expected to launch the new GPUs in the coming weeks.

R9 290X HD7970 GHz R9 280X R9 270X R7 260X HD7790 R7 250 HD7730
Firestrike score  7800+  6900+  6800+  5500+  3700+  3500+  2000+  1600+
Clock speed  —  1000MHz  —  —  —  1GHz  —  800MHz
Boost speed  —  1050MHz  —  —  —  —  —  —
VRAM buffer  4GB  3GB  3GB  2GB  2GB  1GB  1GB  1GB
Bus width  512-bit  384-bit  384-bit  256-bit  128-bit  128-bit  128-bit  128-bit
AMD TrueAudio  Yes  No  No  No  Yes  No  No  No
TDP  300W  300W  300W  225W  150W  85W  —  47W
Suggested price  —  $299  $299  $199  $139  $130  $89  $70

The new R-200 series includes a few cards from the HD7000 series and rebrands them for a lower price point. The R9 290X supports all the bells and whistles, including TrueAudio support, a massive 512-bit memory bus and 4GB of memory as standard. AMD says it’s the fastest single GPU they’ve ever built.

The R9 280X and the HD7970 GHz Edition are remarkably similar, both lacking True Audio and both scoring similarly in 3DMark Firestrike. The memory sizes are also the same and they have the same power requirements – one 6-pin and one 8-pin PEG connector for a possible TDP (thermal design power) of 300W.

In gaming situations and real-life scenarios, neither card should push past the 230W mark at stock speeds.

The R9 270X replaces the Radeon HD7870 at the same price point and offers comparable performance to the GTX760, which performs one tier above it. AMD is pushing some serious firepower into the lower tiers because that’s also the same performance level as the HD7950.

The R7 260X replaces the Radeon HD7790 with a comparable pricepoint, AMD TrueAudio support and higher stock performance. The TDP value for this card may change closer to launch, as we can only see a single 6-pin power connector onboard.

Finally the R7 250 replaces the Radeon HD7730 with a similar price point and features and higher stock performance.

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