AMD Announces Radeon R9 and R7 “Volcanic Islands” graphics cards

Published: Sep 25th 2013, 19:08 GMT

AMD R9 and R7

AMD has today announced their new Radeon R-200 series. Right now we are looking at five graphics card.

The Radeon R7 250 which will cost  $99 is based on Oland GPU. This is an entry-level model which won’t support the new TrueAudio technology.

The Radeon R7 260X is the first card to support TrueAudio. The R7 260X is based on Bonaire GPU, this is a HD 7790 rebrand which was launched earlier this year. These cards will cost starting from $139.

Moving on to R9 270X with Curacao GPU we have a price tag of $199 and at least 2GB GDDR5 memory. The R9 270X is a direct rebrand of the HD 7870.

The Radeon R9 280X is Tahiti XT based model. This card, just as 270X, won’t support TrueAudio (that’s because Tahiti is 2y old). The price tag is $299, meaning it will replace HD 7970 GHz Edition which is currently available for this price.

The fastest graphics card is R9 290X equipped with Hawaii GPU. As you can see it has 4GB memory by default. Some sites claim it will be available with 6GB memory later. The price was not confirmed yet, but since there’s a special BF4 bundle coming in early October we will learn the price very soon. Anyway Softpedia says it will cost $599 and I think we can stick to that for now.

MemoryPrice3DMark Firestrike
Radeon R7 2501 GB GDDR589~2.000
Radeon R7 260X2 GB GDDR5139~3.700
Radeon R9 270X2 GB GDDR5199~5.500
Radeon R9 280X3 GB GDDR5299~6.800
Radeon R9 290X4 GB GDDR5599 (tbc)~7.800


AMD Radeon R200 series

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AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series Graphics Cards Usher in a New Era of Gaming Realism

Ultra-Resolution Gaming, Astonishing Audio and Bare Metal Performance Optimization Become Reality With Introduction of AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series of GPUs, AMD TrueAudio Technology and Mantle
SUNNYVALE, CA — (Marketwired) — 09/25/13 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today unveiled the AMD Radeon™ R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X and R7 250 graphics cards, AMD’s first GPUs in a new era of gaming defined by UltraHD displays, renewed vigor in game engine development, and a new generation of gamers that expect a more immersive entertainment experience. AMD also introduced the world to Mantle and AMD TrueAudio technology, the latest innovations that redefine the GPU by enabling both gamers and game developers with unprecedented audio and performance enhancements for compatible games12.

“The AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards are new GPUs for a new era in gaming,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. “This era is shaped by ultra-resolution gaming and an exciting new generation of highly-anticipated games like ‘Battlefield™ 4.’ But it’s also an era shaped in a very powerful way by our own Unified Gaming Strategy; we’ve teamed up with the world’s top game developers to establish a comprehensive portfolio of games that you can maximize to their full potential only with AMD Radeon™ graphics.”

Mantle and Graphics Core Next: Simplifying Cross-Platform Game Development
The award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture in the AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards continues to serve as a driving force behind the Unified Gaming Strategy, AMD’s approach to providing a consistent gaming experience on the PC, in the living room or over the cloud — all powered by AMD Radeon graphics found in AMD graphics cards and accelerated processing units (APUs). The four pillars of the Unified Gaming Strategy — console, cloud, content and client — come together with the introduction of Mantle.

With Mantle, games like DICE’s “Battlefield 4” will be empowered with the ability to speak the native language of the Graphics Core Next architecture, presenting a deeper level of hardware optimization no other graphics card manufacturer can match. Mantle also assists game developers in bringing games to life on multiple platforms by leveraging the commonalities between GCN-powered PCs and consoles for a simple game development process.

With the introduction of Mantle, AMD solidifies its position as the leading provider of fast and efficient game development platforms. Mantle will be detailed further at the AMD Developer Summit, APU13, taking place Nov. 11-13 in San Jose, Calif.

AMD TrueAudio Technology: World’s First Programmable Audio Pipeline
AMD TrueAudio technology marks a new frontier in realism for PC gamers. AMD TrueAudio technology empowers game developers with a programmable audio pipeline on the GPU, inviting them to put their unique artistic fingerprint on in-game audio in the same way that the programmable graphics pipeline brought unfettered artistic vision to PC graphics. Enabled games can feature more realistic environmental dynamics, a richer tapestry of sound effects, breathtaking directional audio and more.

AMD TrueAudio technology enhances audio realism by simulating the human brain’s perception of real-world sound, working in concert with the user’s existing audio hardware to recreate a lifelike experience in upcoming games like “THIEF™” by Square Enix or “Lichdom” by Xaviant Games.

AMD Multi-Display Technology: Redesigned for Ultra-resolution Gaming
The arrival of the next-generation AMD Radeon graphics cards also marks a new chapter in AMD’s historic support for stunning display configurations. AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards are made for gaming on UltraHD (3840×2160) displays, including support for non-tiled 2160p60 displays with a future AMD Catalyst™ driver release. In addition, gamers more accustomed to AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology will be freed to use virtually any combination of display outputs when connecting matching monitors to the DVI or HDMI® outputs on their system.

AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards will be available for purchase in the near future.

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