AMD Radeon Rx 300 series are just around the corner. The newest Catalyst driver finally tells us more about the next ‘generation’ of Radeon products.
AMD Radeon R9 300 series finally make an appearance in Catalyst 15.3 Beta
Like always, there are some good and some bad news. The good news is that we finally have DeviceID confirmation for some of these cards. The bad news is that most of them are rebrands.
Just remember we’re interpreting this data our own way, you can download this driver yourself and compare DeviceID with older products. Here’s our conclusion.
AMD Radeon R9 370: Trinidad (Pitcairn)
Not that long ago we told that Radeon R9 370 is based on Trinidad GPU. What we didn’t know however, is that Pitcairn is Curacao (and Curacao is Pitcairn). You can learn this by checking Device ID from the newest driver (it says AMD6811). Assuming that’s all true, and there’s every reason to believe it is, then Pitcairn will start arrive with Radeon series for the fourth time. Pitcairn was launched in 2012 with Radeon HD 7870. A year later Pitcarin was renamed to Curacao and launched as HD 8860. Ten months later Curacao arrived as Radeon R9 270(X). What is hard to understand is that AMD is still keeping Curacao in x70 series, 18 months after R9 270… Yet again, it’s not even R9 270X to R9 370 rebranding, but R9 270 to 370.
AMD Radeon R9 360: Tobago (Bonaire)
The R9 360 was also added to the drivers. DeviceID states 665F, which is a family of Bonaire products. What it means that Bonaire will return once again with 896 stream cores on board. The rumor is AMD will rename Bonaire to Tobago, just to confuse you even more.
AMD Radeon R7 350X, R7 340 and R5 340X: Oland
Oland will return with Radeon R5 and R7 300 series. It’s an entry-level GPU with 384 stream cores. It’s available with GDDR5 and DDR3 memory. There is a good reason to believe these cards will not be sold in retail channel.
AMD Radeon R5 310: Caicos
Radeon R5 310 is a rebrand of Radeon 7470, 8470 or R5 235 based on Caicos. This GPU has 19 times less cores than TITAN X, so unless AMD is planning 20-way CrossFire you may need to look for other options.
What’s new in Catalyst 15.3 Beta
AMD665F.1 = “AMD Radeon R9 360”
AMD6610.2 = “AMD Radeon(TM) R7 350X”
AMD6610.3 = “AMD Radeon(TM) R5 340X”
AMD6611.10 = “AMD Radeon R7 340”
AMD665F.1 = “AMD Radeon R9 360”
AMD6660.1 = “AMD Radeon(TM) R5 M330”
AMD6660.2 = “AMD Radeon(TM) R5 M330”
AMD6660.3 = “AMD Radeon(TM) R5 M330”
AMD6778.8 = “AMD Radeon R5 310”
AMD6811.1 = “AMD Radeon R9 370”
AMD Radeon Rx M300 series, the mobility of rebrands
The rebrands will not only be exclusive to desktop series. Mobile Radeon graphics cards will heavily depend on previous series. Here’s the list from Baidu, which is using desktop names for GPUs (for clarity).
Radeon M300 series (Cores/TMUs/Rops):
AMD Radeon R9 M375X — Cape Verde XT — 640/40/16
AMD Radeon R9 M375 —- Cape Verde XT — 640/40/16
AMD Radeon R7 M370 —- Oland XT ———- 384/24/8
AMD Radeon R9 M360 —- Cape Verde XT — 640/40/16
AMD Radeon R7 M360 —- Topaz XT ———- 384/24/8
AMD Radeon R7 M350 —- Oland XT ———- 384/24/8
AMD Radeon R7 M340 —- Oland XT ———- 384/24/8
AMD Radeon R7 M340 —- Topaz XT ———- 384/24/8
AMD Radeon R5 M335 —- Oland XT ———- 384/24/8
AMD Radeon R5 M330 —- Oland XT ———- 384/24/8
AMD Radeon R5 M320 —- Oland XT ———- 384/24/8
AMD Radeon R5 M320 —- Oland PRO ——- 320/20/8
AMD Radeon R5 M315 —- Topaz ————– 384/24/8
Many thanks to Cloudfire for the tip!