AMD’s Radeon R-200 series was launched across the world on 9 October and already local retailers are adding in prices and accepting orders for the new cards due to hit our shores shortly.
Speaking to MyGaming, Rebeltech owner and manager, Rune Ravnsborg said that the brands that would have stock immediately are Gigabyte, followed by Sapphire – available on 18 October. Club 3D variants of the R-200 series will become available on 22 October. ASUS cards in the R-200 family will become available towards the end of October or the beginning of November 2013.
While most retailers do not have a date for the arrival of the Radeon R9 290X and R9 290, it has been revealed to MyGaming that those cards will be arriving before the end of October with a price competitive to the Geforce GTX780 and the GTX Titan.
The R9 280X, the R9 270X and the R7 260X will be the first models available for now. These are rebrands of popular cards from the HD7000 family but there are several tweaks to the formula to keep them competitive. The R7 250 and R7 240 are new cards based on the Oland family previously found under the HD8000 series and only available to OEM manufacturers.
The table below shows the various prices for the Radeon R-200 cards that will be arriving in the country soon. For the purposes of this roundup, products marked as “Out of stock,” or “Contact for availability” or “Sold out” will be listed in the table, as the only brand with cards available today is Gigabyte.
Please note that all prices are estimated and are subject to change before product availability and is based on the exchange rate with the American Dollar.
|ASUS DirectCU II R9 280X 3GB||—||5584||—||5662|
|ASUS DirectCU II TOP R9 280X 3GB||—||5705||—||5786|
|ASUS DirectCU II R9 270X 2GB||—||3277||—||3233|
|ASUS DirectCU II TOP R9 270X 2GB||—||3520||—||3569|
|ASUS DirectCU II R7 260X 2GB||—||2306||—||2381|
|ASUS DirectCU II OC R7 260X 2GB||—||2427||—||2507|
|Club 3D R9 280X 3GB||—||4371||—||4453|
|Club 3D R9 270X 2GB||—||2848||—||2902|
|Club 3D R7 260X 2GB||—||2147||—||2228|
|Gigabyte R9 280X OC 3GB||—||4220||—||—|
|Gigabyte R9 270X OC 2GB||—||4349||—||—|
|MSI Gaming R9 280X 3GB||5199||4223||—||—|
|MSI HAWK R9 270X 2GB||3699||—||—||—|
|MSI Gaming R9 270X 2GB||3499||—||—||—|
|PowerColor R9 280X OC 3GB||—||—||3799||—|
|PowerColor R9 270X OC 3GB||—||—||2499||—|
|Sapphire R9 290X 4GB||9499||9399||—||—|
|Sapphire R9 290 4GB||—||7199||—||—|
|Sapphire R9 280X Toxic 3GB||5499||4586||—||5416|
|Sapphire R9 280X Vapor-X 3GB||5299||5129||—||5293|
|Sapphire R9 280X 3GB||4999||4103||—||4924|
|Sapphire R9 270X Toxic 2GB||3699||3136||—||3692|
|Sapphire R9 270X 4GB||—||3015||—||3569|
|Sapphire R9 270X Vapor-X 2GB||3499||3015||—||3346|
|Sapphire R9 270X 2GB||3199||2909||3156||3142|
|Sapphire R7 260X 2GB||1999||1927||2245||2256|
|Sapphire R7 250 2GB GDDR3||—||1323||1371||1547|
|Sapphire R7 250 1GB GDDR5||—||1323||1371||1547|
|Sapphire R7 240 4GB GDDR3||—||1390||1621||1629|
|Sapphire R7 240 2GB GDDR3||—||1148||1202||1313|
|Sapphire R7 240 1GB GDDR5||—||1082||1202||1313|
In addition, the R-200 series features a tweaked power profile, better thermal management and all cards are now capable of driving up to three displays from two DVI and one HDMI connector, while a Displayport MST (multi-stream transport) hub exposes connectivity for another three screens.
Effectively, cards as cheap as the R7 260X can drive six screens on their own, something Nvidia can’t yet match.
However, its up to the partners if they want to produce a new card with the better connector setup, or use older stock with a new cooler and BIOS and a new label.
The low-end R7 250 and the R7 240 can also drive up to three screens thanks to a standard port layout of one dual-link DVI, one HDMI, and one VGA port for connecting up a monitor. These low-end cards can also be Crossfired using the Catalyst software, allowing you to link them up for a six-screen Eyefinity layout.
The new R9-200 series can also be Crossfired with older HD7000 cards. Although this is limited to cards that share chip designs (e.g. the R9 280X only works with the HD7970, HD7950, and HD7870 XT) this does give buyers more flexibility.