Thursday, September 26th 2013

Radeon R9 and Radeon R7 Graphics Cards Pictured Some More

Here's a quick recap of AMD's updated product stack, spread between the R9 and R7 series. This article can help you understand the new nomenclature. AMD's lineup begins with the Radeon R7 250 and Radeon R7 260X. The two are based on the 28 nm "Curacao" silicon, which is a variation of the "Pitcairn" silicon the previous-generation Radeon HD 7870 was based on. The R7 250 is expected to be priced around US $89, with 1 GB of RAM, and performance rated at over 2,000 points by 3DMark Firestrike benchmark. The R7 260X, features double the memory at 2 GB, higher clock speeds, possibly more number crunching resources, Firestrike score of over 3,700 points, and a pricing that's around $139. This card should turn up the heat against the likes of GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost.

Moving on, there's the $199 Radeon R9 270X. Based on a chip not much unlike "Tahiti LE," it features 2 GB of memory, and 3DMark Firestrike score of over 5,500 points. Then there's the Radeon R9 280X. This card, priced attractively at $299, is practically a rebrand of the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition with. It features 3 GB of RAM, and over 6,800 points on 3DMark Firestrike. Then there are the R9 290 and R9 290X. AMD flew dozens of scribes thousands of miles over to Hawaii, and left them without an official announcement on the specifications of the two. From what AMD told us, the two feature 4 GB of memory, over 5,000 TFLOP/s compute power, and over 300 GB/s memory bandwidth. The cards we mentioned are pictured in that order below.



More pictures follow.

Radeon R7 250
Radeon R7 260X
Radeon R9 270X
Radeon R9 280X
Radeon R9 290
Radeon R9 290X
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77 Comments on Radeon R9 and Radeon R7 Graphics Cards Pictured Some More

#1
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
I thought the 290 is the 2500 SP variant and the 290X is the 2800 SP variant.
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#2
springs113
All the talk i hear about the firestrike score are from the 290 version. I do believe the X variant is well in the 8k mark. Like I have stated on numerous threads, If it's is neck and neck with my 780 I am getting it no matter what the misses say.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: springs113
All the talk i hear about the firestrike score are from the 290 version. I do believe the X variant is well in the 8k mark. Like I have stated on numerous threads, If it's is neck and neck with my 780 I am getting it no matter what the misses say.
Unless AMD's PowerPoint skills suck, R9 290X Firestrike is under 8000.



Notice the top block (which ends at 8000) is fading at the top. GTX TITAN's Firestrike score is ranging between 8,200 and 8,700.
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#4
springs113
theoretically speaking the r290 n gtx 780 should trade blows, which mean I'm going to take a chance and purchase it. I will be upgrading to a larger ssd 12gb 830 to 256 840pro.
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#5
1d10t
Dual SL-DVI?Does this mean DP obsolete when running Eyefinity?
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#6
the54thvoid
I for one was utterly unimpressed with last nights fanfare. But I'm only a hardware whore so it's my common leanings that made it thus.

But... to have an event and mention your top two cards on the super-dooper new architecture and say nothing really about them is a bit weird. If this was an Nvidia event you'd be saying, hmm... manufacturing issues then.

But we know they'll be taking pre-orders as of the 4th October so the cards are very real (or soon to be).

We need prices, performance reviews and more importantly - will they stop using shitty whining chokes on their reference PCB's? All 3 of my 7970's had coil whine. I RMA'd my first because of it - the replacement was the same. Another vendor had the same issue.

Btw - my Titan also has whine but it is much less (but unforgivable for a prestige card).
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RCoon
Gaming Moderator
by: the54thvoid
I for one was utterly unimpressed with last nights fanfare. But I'm only a hardware whore so it's my common leanings that made it thus.

But... to have an event and mention your top two cards on the super-dooper new architecture and say nothing really about them is a bit weird. If this was an Nvidia event you'd be saying, hmm... manufacturing issues then.

But we know they'll be taking pre-orders as of the 4th October so the cards are very real (or soon to be).

We need prices, performance reviews and more importantly - will they stop using shitty whining chokes on their reference PCB's? All 3 of my 7970's had coil whine. I RMA'd my first because of it - the replacement was the same. Another vendor had the same issue.

Btw - my Titan also has whine but it is much less (but unforgivable for a prestige card).
I ordered takeaway, waitied for an additional hour, and watched a poor quality live stream. What did I get? A bitter taste in my mouth, and the distinct impression that the 290X will merely be a contender to my existing 780's (neither of which have coil whine on reference models). Props to AMD for getting the hype, but after the first two presentations, I disconnected and went to bed, knowing I wouldnt be buying a new GPU for 2 years.
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#8
The Quim Reaper
..so the R7 260X is basically a 7870 with a $50 price cut?

EDIT:

It's most definitely NOT a 7870 class card with that firestreak score, more like a 7790

WTF!!!:mad:
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#9
Dj-ElectriC
by: The Quim Reaper
..so the R7 260X is basically a 7870 with a $50 price cut?

EDIT:

It's most definitely NOT a 7870 class card with that firestreak score, more like a 7790

WTF!!!:mad:
At 139$, it will probably be on par with the HD 7850 card, maybe a bit less
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#10
sergionography
by: RCoon
I ordered takeaway, waitied for an additional hour, and watched a poor quality live stream. What did I get? A bitter taste in my mouth, and the distinct impression that the 290X will merely be a contender to my existing 780's (neither of which have coil whine on reference models). Props to AMD for getting the hype, but after the first two presentations, I disconnected and went to bed, knowing I wouldnt be buying a new GPU for 2 years.
Obviously? Whats the point of buying a 650$ card if its gonna last you less than 2 years.
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#11
NeoXF
by: The Quim Reaper
..so the R7 260X is basically a 7870 with a $50 price cut?

EDIT:

It's most definitely NOT a 7870 class card with that firestreak score, more like a 7790

WTF!!!:mad:
R7-260X is Bonaire XTX... a slightly faster HD 7790 with 2GB of VRAM as standard (default HD 7790 had 1GB).

It is in no way or shape "basically a 7870". And about the price, 7790 launched at 150$ (1GB version)... so I don't know what you're smoking, the price sounds just about right.

As for HD 7870 replacement, that's R7-270 or R7-270X (not sure which one), no clue about the codename (probably Curacao Pro), but probably a beefed up Tahiti LE (HD 7870 XT) as it's reported to ~10% slower than a GTX 760.

Anyway, what is it with all this outrage. Aside from the stream drops and a not a lot of stage presence from most of the people that hosted it, it's all great and/or interesting news.
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#12
The Quim Reaper
by: NeoXF

It is in no way or shape "basically a 7870". And about the price, 7790 launched at 150$ (1GB version)... so I don't know what you're smoking, the price sounds just about right.
Sigh...I remember the days when a new generation of cards meant that the previous mid-range performance would now be available at and priced at the entry level.

Now all we seem to get is re-brands with lower power usage.
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#13
brandonwh64
Addicted to Bacon and StarCrunches!!!
I bet after people are seeing these rebrands they will be keeping their 7970's

The only two of the bunch worth getting would be the 290/X
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#14
NeoXF
by: The Quim Reaper
Sigh...I remember the days when a new generation of cards meant that the previous mid-range performance would now be available at and priced at the entry level.

Now all we seem to get is re-brands with lower power usage.
Again... no clue what you're talking about. Radeon HD 7000s are selling for dirt cheap, even in my crummy-priced country. And cards that are faster than their predecessors and launching at either prices lower than the cards they replace @ current price OR at least launch price. R9-290X is a slightly different story, but top-tier cards have always been this way.
I mean FFS, R9-280X would be 299 bucks in the states... that's CLOSE TO 3x the performance per dollar you got in early 2012 from a launch priced HD 7970.
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#15
EarthDog
by: NeoXF
Again... no clue what you're talking about. Radeon HD 7000s are selling for dirt cheap, even in my crummy-priced country. And cards that are faster than their predecessors and launching at either prices lower than the cards they replace @ current price OR at least launch price. R9-290X is a slightly different story, but top-tier cards have always been this way.
I mean FFS, R9-280X would be 299 bucks in the states... that's CLOSE TO 3x the performance per dollar you got in early 2012 from a launch priced HD 7970.
Sure, but... its not launch period, and the price for a 7970 now is $300.

I see his point. Its clear. But not sure we can know that information yet. We do not know where these will perform. And the rebrands are clouding the picture is the real problem.

Would I jump from a 7970 to an R9 280X... Nope, not unless I fold or mine due to less power consumption. :toast:

The rebrands, from BOTH companies, are about annoying though...:nutkick:
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#16
PHaS3
Anyone else note that the R9 290X has no crossfire connectors on the PCB in any of the images AMD have supplied?

Odd. I know it may point to it being an image not resembling the final product, but the other higher end cards have them in the images... Interesting.
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#17
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
Im getting real tired of all these new card's pictures.
How about the spec sheet for pete's sake!

Now on to the looks of the gpu's cover, id almost call her a double bagger.. looks like its made from lego's :wtf:
Give me a reference 7970 sleek look and a beautiful looking back plate like the 6 series had
and that make me happy.:rockout:

I noticed the following:

Radeon R9 270X no bios switch and only one gold finger crossfire link,
and better make sure AMD of quality control, ya have a loose screw btw

Radeon R9 280X bios switch and two gold finger crossfire links
R9 290 no bios switch and no gold fingers
R9 290X no bios switch and no gold fingers
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#18
theoneandonlymrk
by: PHaS3
Anyone else note that the R9 290X has no crossfire connectors on the PCB in any of the images AMD have supplied?

Odd. I know it may point to it being an image not resembling the final product, but the other higher end cards have them in the images... Interesting.
Its been noted in one of the mirriad of Amd new gpu threads that the crossfire bridge link bandwidth is not upto 4k + and it crossfires through the pciex buss, thats due to the 2.5gb/s bandwidth on that link not being enough for page transfers at Uhd resolutions:rolleyes:.
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#19
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: btarunr
Unless AMD's PowerPoint skills suck, R9 290X Firestrike is under 8000.

http://www.techpowerup.com/img/13-09-26/264a.jpg

Notice the top block (which ends at 8000) is fading at the top. GTX TITAN's Firestrike score is ranging between 8,200 and 8,700.
So is the Firestrike run in normal or Extreme? because stock one of my 7970's are just over 7100 points and thats all stock cpu and gpu clocks :confused:
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#20
EarthDog
The reference Titan scored 9.2k with 320.49 and 4770k @ 4Ghz...

EDIT: In the review, it scored 8.7k... on a 4Ghz 3770k with older drivers.

EDIT2: Those scores are from normal settings.
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#21
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: EarthDog
The reference Titan scored 9.2k in our review...
obviously not an Xtream run Right?
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#22
EarthDog
Obviously not. :)

Edited my previous post...

Also, reference 780 scored 8.4k with 4ghz 4770k 320.18 drivers.

LOL Holy crap... 780 Classified scored 9.4k w 4Ghz 4770k and 320.49

Makes me wonder if they used an AMD CPU based system to test these out as those scores seem low for a Titan competitor... and Firestrike, though it loves cores, a 4770k will easily compete with it there.
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#23
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: EarthDog
Obviously not. :)

Edited my previous post...

Also, reference 780 scored 8.4k with 4ghz 4770k 320.18 drivers.

LOL Holy crap... 780 Classified scored 9.4k w 4Ghz 4770k and 320.49

Makes me wonder if they used an AMD CPU based system to test these out as those scores seem low for a Titan competitor... and Firestrike, though it loves cores, a 4770k will easily compete with it there.
Thats what I was thinking... So now when are we getting a review?
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#24
EarthDog
On the 290x? No clue yet from us... For some odd reason we were passed over to go to Hawaii... other than that, I could tell you, but would then have to off you... in many pieces. :p

I am sure W1zz and the others will get them up in due time too. :)
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#25
springs113
According to my sources the NDA lifts sometime next week.
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