AMD Radeon R9 280X to replace HD 7970, features 3GB GDDR5 memory

Published: 4 years ago

It seems that someone from HIS made a huge mistake today by posting more information about the future AMD products.

AMD Radeon R9 280X is a successor to Radeon HD 7970

So far we know only about Radeon R9 and R7 segments, most likely to be released together. The R9 segment will kick off with R9 280X graphics card, which will replace the HD 7970 GHz Edition. This is probably the most anticipated model featuring Hawaii XT GPU. We do not know how many Stream Processors it will have, but don’t be surprised if the number is somewhere between 2304 and 2560. It is now officially confirmed that the successor to HD 7970 will have 3GB GDDR5 memory, most likely across 384-bit interface. The iPower IceQ X2 from HIS will be equipped with a Dual-DVI connector along with HDMI and two mini-DisplayPorts. Of course it will support Power Tune Boost technology as well. It looks like a direct copy of HIS 7970 IceQ X² 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E DVI/HDMI/2xMini DP (iPower). It is unknown whether guys from HIS made any changes to the cooling solution.

Here’s a complete list of a leaky content, straight from HIS Digital:

  • HIS R9 280X iPower IceQ X² Boost Clock 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E DLDVI-I/HDMI/2xMini DP
  • HIS R7 250 iCooler 2GB DDR3 PCI-E HDMI/SLDVI-D/VGA
  • HIS R7 240 iCooler 2GB DDR3 PCI-E HDMI/SLDVI-D/VGA

AMD Radeon R7 250 and R7 240

The Radeon R7 series will most likely be based on Pitcairn GPUs, that would explain 1 and 2GB memory configuration across 256-bit interface.

AMD Radeon R9 280X Specs Prediction
AMD Radeon R9 280X AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
Graphics Processors Hawaii XT Tahiti XT2
Fabrication Process 28nm 28nm
Stream Processors 2304 or 2560 (?) 2048
Texture Mapping Units 144 or 160 (?) 128
Raster Operating Units 40 or 48 (?) 32
Memory Configuration 3GB GDDR5 3GB GDDR5
Memory Bus 384-bit 384-bit
GPU Clock 1050 / 1150 (?) MHz 1000 / 1050 MHz
Memory Clock 1550 (?) MHz 1500 MHz
Price $549 (?) $499

Because of the new leak I had to update the chart from yesterday. Finally it all makes sense. The Radeon R9 290 will be a successor to dual-gpu Radeon HD 7990, just as we thought earlier. The Radeon R9 280 series will correspond to single-gpu Radeon HD 7900 series. Some numbers have changed and it will surely be confusing right now for those who did not follow the recent news. Just look at the chart and see what I mean:

  • R9 290 series are successor to HD x990 (dual-gpu)
  • R9 280 series are successor to HD x900 (single-gpu)
  • R9 270 series are successor to HD x800
  • R9 260 series are successor to HD x700 series.

At this point we don’t know whether R9 270 series will feature new GPU, it’s hard to say what could replace Pitcairn. If AMD is determined to show something new then we might expect a new processor, however it would make much more sense just by putting Tahiti right there.

Updated AMD Radeon R-200 Series Positioning
GPU AMD Radeon R-200 AMD Radeon HD 7000 GPU
Vesuvius Radeon R9 290 Radeon HD 7990 Malta
Hawaii XT Radeon R9 280X Radeon HD 7970 Tahiti XT
Hawaii PRO Radeon R9 280 Radeon HD 7950 Tahiti PRO
Hawaii LE (?) Radeon R9 27(?) Radeon HD 7870 Pitcairn XT
Radeon R9 270X Radeon HD 7850 Pitcairn PRO
Tahiti Radeon R9 270 Radeon HD 7790 Bonaire
Radeon R7 260X Radeon HD 7770 Cape Verde
Pitcairn Radeon R7 250 Radeon HD 7750
Radeon R7 240 Radeon HD 7670 Turks

Source: HIS

Many thanks to erenhardt for the tip!

by WhyCry

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