Tuesday, June 16th 2015

AMD Also Announces Radeon R7 300 and R9 300 Series GPUs

In all the buzz surrounding the five products based on its Fiji silicon, AMD also announced five other mid-thru-performance segment graphics cards, the Radeon R7 360, the Radeon R7 370, the Radeon R9 380, the Radeon R9 390, and Radeon R9 390X. Aimed at competitive online MOBA gaming the Radeon R7 360 is good enough to play MOBAs such as "League of Legends," at 1080p, and most other modern games at 900p and 720p.

Based on the "Bonaire" silicon, the Radeon R7 360 features 768 stream processors, 48 TMUs, 16 ROPs, and a 128-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 2 GB of memory. The core is clocked at 1050 MHz, and the memory at 6.50 GHz (GDDR5-effective), translating into 104 GB/s of memory bandwidth. The card draws power from a single 6-pin PCIe power connector, and has a typical board power rating of 100W.

The Radeon R7 370 is designed for MOBA, FPS, and MMORPGs at 1080p resolution. It is expected to feature 1,024 stream processors, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 2 GB or 4 GB of memory. The core is clocked at 975 MHz, and the memory at 5.40 GHz (GDDR5-effective), belting out 179 GB/s of memory bandwidth. AMD has given this chip some energy optimizations, which lends it a typical board power of just 110W. The card draws power from a single 6-pin power connector.

The Radeon R9 380 is expected to strike a price-performance sweetspot, and go against the current segment leader, the GeForce GTX 960. This chip features 1,792 stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory bus, holding 4 GB of memory as standard. The core is clocked at 970 MHz, and the memory at 5.70 GHz (GDDR5-effective), which works out to 182 GB/s of memory bandwidth. This chip has a typical board power of 190W, and draws power from two 6-pin PCIe power connectors. This card is designed to play games at 1080p with all settings maxed out, and even 1440p with moderately high eye-candy.

This brings us to the Radeon R9 390. This card is designed to play games at 1440p with all eye-candy maxed out, and can even play games at 4K Ultra HD with moderate-thru-high settings. It features 2,560 stream processors, 160 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 512-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 8 GB of memory. The core is clocked at 1000 MHz, and memory at 6.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective), with a scorching 384 GB/s memory bandwidth. With a typical board power of 275W, the card draws power from a combination of 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors.

The Radeon R9 390X has similar credentials to the R9 390, and will play games at 1440p maxed out, or 4K, with high eye-candy, at playable frame-rates. It features 2,816 stream processors, 172 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 512-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 8 GB of memory. The core ticks at 1050 MHz, and the memory at 6.00 GHz (384 GB/s memory bandwidth).

AMD announced a few exclusive features with these cards, including frame-rate targeting control (FRTC), which is essentially a frame-rate limiter that works on the driver's end, and tweaks clock speeds of the GPU and memory to maintain that custom-set frame-rate. If you're comfortable with 50 fps, for example, the driver could run the GPU at much lower clocks than are needed to render the game at 60 fps, resulting in tangible energy savings, and lower noise output.

VSR, or virtual-super resolution, is similar in function to NVIDIA's dynamic super-resolution (DSR). It lets you render your game at a higher resolution than your display is capable of, and resize the output with advanced re-sampling, so the output at your lower-resolution monitor looks better than if the game were to render at the monitor's native resolution, and use MSAA. VSR still comes at a high frame-rate cost, because your game is being rendered at a higher resolution.

The Radeon R7 360, R7 370, R9 380, R9 390, and R9 390X should be available starting June 18, 2015.
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28 Comments on AMD Also Announces Radeon R7 300 and R9 300 Series GPUs

#1
Devon68
The Radeon R7 370 is designed for MOBA, FPS, and MMORPGs at 1080p resolution. It is expected to feature 1,024 stream processors, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 2 GB or 4 GB of memory. The core is clocked at 975 MHz, and the memory at 5.40 GHz (GDDR5-effective), belting out 179 GB/s of memory bandwidth. AMD has given this chip some energy optimizations, which lends it a typical board power of just 110W. The card draws power from a single 6-pin power connector.
So this is a overclocked Radeon HD 7850.
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#2
HalfAHertz
Devon68
So this is a overclocked Radeon HD 7850.
So the 360, 370, 380 and 390 are all cut down chips? So not only are AMD re-branding but they're not even going to use their existing stuff to its full potential? T_T

It's like they're trying to fail on purpose.
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#3
Ebo
HalfAHertz
So the 360, 370, 380 and 390 are all cut down chips? So not only are AMD re-branding but they're not even going to use their existing stuff to its full potential? T_T

It's like they're trying to fail on purpose.
Thats not entirely true. R9 390/390X should have minor tweaks to the core than the Hawaii on R9 290/290X, as I understand it. Otherwise regarding clockspeeds thats the same as my R9 290 from Sapphire, so actually those cards dosent havent my interest at all, it is just same wine on a new bottle.
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#4
HumanSmoke
Ebo
Thats not entirely true. R9 390/390X should have minor tweaks to the core than the Hawaii on R9 290/290X, as I understand it.
Such as?
From the article (and AMD's marketing)
This brings us to the Radeon R9 390...[snip]...The core is clocked at 1000 MHz, and memory at 6.00 GHz (GDDR5-effective), with a scorching 384 GB/s memory bandwidth. With a typical board power of 275W [/QUOTE]
That actually sits around the existing power envelope for the card.
53MHz core boost, 250MHz memory boost (1GHz eff.) for 13W higher power (using W1zz's gaming load for comparison), or 30MHz less core and 100MHz more in the vRAM department for 34W less power (Vapor-X).
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#5
NC37
Hey AMD, your buddies who resell them leaked this all early! No one cares now!

Really want to give us something we care about, give us benches and reviews, especially with that Fury.
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#6
Uplink10
You know, table would really help when listing specifications.
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#7
Basard
Uplink10
You know, table would really help when listing specifications.
To hell with specifications! Just tell me what genre of video game the card is designed for and at what resolution!!

lol

Oh, and put it in the form of a table!
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#8
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Devon68
So this is a overclocked Radeon HD 7850.
I feel so good about my 2 GB 7850 I got new for €70 a couple months ago. :D That'd the upside I guess, you can get decent performance for pennies if you're lucky.
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#9
Devon68
I feel so good about my 2 GB 7850 I got new for €70 a couple months ago. :D That'd the upside I guess, you can get decent performance for pennies if you're lucky.
Wow that was a steal. I bought mine for about €200 brand new in December 2012.
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#10
AlexTRoopeR
This article is full of mistakes!

- R7 360 has the memory at 7000 MHz and a bandwidth of 112 GB/s (according to AMD's own site)
- R7 360 should have a TDP of 95 W
- R7 370 has the memory at 5600 MHz (as this translates to a bandwidth of 179.2 GB/s)
- R7 370 should have a TDP of 150 W (Pitcairn could never reach as low as 110 W...)
- R9 390X has 176 TMUs
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#11
jdubo
NONE of this matters, this is all useless verbage, until the benchmarks come in. as far as rebranding every company does that, just like Nvidia. As long as the rebranding comes out faster, cooler or cheaper, it will sell. I bought my R9 290x XFX for $600. If they bring out a 380x with smaller dimensions and lower TDP, and at $350, it'd be an awesome card to buy now.
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#12
Basard
jdubo
NONE of this matters, this is all useless verbage, until the benchmarks come in. as far as rebranding every company does that, just like Nvidia. As long as the rebranding comes out faster, cooler or cheaper, it will sell. I bought my R9 290x XFX for $600. If they bring out a 380x with smaller dimensions and lower TDP, and at $350, it'd be an awesome card to buy now.
People get pissed off because they can't justify going out and buying a new video card because it's just a rebrand.... And they are all butt hurt because the new rebrands are slightly better than their older versions. They are also butt hurt because other people with older generation cards are going to buy the rebrands and have better cards than them.

They are the same people that scoff at my 5870 because they 270 and think it's better because it's newer... lol... but they know it's not better so their butt hurts and they point out how mine doesn't support this or that.

Butt hurt trolls, lol.... Like them people that lease cars.... :D ok I'm done.
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#13
RejZoR
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. Just checked Geizhals prices and you know how much R9-390X costs here in Europe? Or shall I say how much they are asking for them... 644 fucking Euros. Are they batshit insane!? 644€ for a 2 years old tech with extra 4GB of VRAM. For this kind of money I can crossfire two old R9-290X's. WTF!? Meaning vanilla Fury will be 750+ guaranteed. Thanks but no thanks. I know it's an early price, but I'm not seeing it going down for 200-300 €. This shit is WAY too expensive.
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#14
vanquishedlight
i agree with both companies rebrand. the part i can't stand about this line up , is the r9 380's and down are 3x rebranded gpu's from the HD 7000 series. basicly if your going to go out and buy the r9 380, your virtually getting the same performance as a oc'ed HD 7950 possibly a 7970. there is no major differences between them other then clock speeds. and DX12 will still perform on all amd GCN gpu's. so i'm still good for dx12 with my HD7950, thats still a solid performer at my 1440p resolutions.

i've also seen benchmarks of the R9 390x compared to a GTX 970, and the 390x didn't perform no better then a r9 290x on 3dmark. so really, if your looking for a good card, and have a budget. just get the r9 290x for $250 vs spending $330-350 on the same card just because it's a new rebranded r9 290x.

sadly, AMD's actions with rebranding gpu's for 3 generations now, is really going to hurt them. even though both companies do it, they always take a little fall from the people that know better, and do there home work before purchasing new equipment.

and i'm not a nvidia fanboy by any means. i in fact wish amd would step up there game so nvidia and intel can't monopolize the industries. i mean if amd don't step it up you'll be looking at paying $1000 for the cheapest PC in the future.

and yes i have alot to say on this XD. i've been watching and reading all i can on what little leaks get out about the r9 300 series for about 7-8 months now. and now that they are practically here, and seeing what they done and a couple actual benchies for them i am very very disappointed. and now wish i just got the gtx 970 when i wanted to upgrade, instead of waiting for these to release. i can't afford there flagship cards that will actually be something new. so seeing all others are just rebrands, was like a big slap in my face for waiting.
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#15
vanquishedlight
Basard
People get pissed off because they can't justify going out and buying a new video card because it's just a rebrand.... And they are all butt hurt because the new rebrands are slightly better than their older versions. They are also butt hurt because other people with older generation cards are going to buy the rebrands and have better cards than them.

They are the same people that scoff at my 5870 because they 270 and think it's better because it's newer... lol... but they know it's not better so their butt hurts and they point out how mine doesn't support this or that.

Butt hurt trolls, lol.... Like them people that lease cars.... :D ok I'm done.
i'm assuming you mean the 7870 and not the 5870. though the 5870 was an amazing card in it's time. it's pretty out dated now and a 270 would totally wipe the floor with it now.
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#16
RejZoR
Problem here is, rebrand costs twice as much as the old card just because of new fancy name and 4 extra GB of VRAM. That's just insane. Rebrand makes sense when you get old tech for much lower price than it was originally sold, not for more.
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#17
mroofie
RejZoR
Problem here is, rebrand costs twice as much as the old card just because of new fancy name and 4 extra GB of VRAM. That's just insane. Rebrand makes sense when you get old tech for much lower price than it was originally sold, not for more.
Im sorry but we have to milk you :D
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Basard
vanquishedlight
i'm assuming you mean the 7870 and not the 5870. though the 5870 was an amazing card in it's time. it's pretty out dated now and a 270 would totally wipe the floor with it now.
Well, thanks for exactly proving my post... www.hwcompare.com/15750/radeon-hd-5870-vs-radeon-r9-270x/

Although I didn't mention I have the 2GB 5870 from Asus. The only thing the 270 has over a 2GB 5870 is a higher clock speed and lower power consumption... everything else is equal to or less than that of the 5870. Upgrading to a 270 would be completely ludicrous, unless I were a millionaire.... Hardly 'wiping the floor'....
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vanquishedlight
Basard
Well, thanks for exactly proving my post... www.hwcompare.com/15750/radeon-hd-5870-vs-radeon-r9-270x/

Although I didn't mention I have the 2GB 5870 from Asus. The only thing the 270 has over a 2GB 5870 is a higher clock speed and lower power consumption... everything else is equal to or less than that of the 5870. Upgrading to a 270 would be completely ludicrous, unless I were a millionaire.... Hardly 'wiping the floor'....
i see what your going by. just specs alone. yes the specs might be very close. but actual performance isn't nearly as good. after reading your reply i went ahead and did a little research for you of actual in game benchmarks. i wasn't going all out to show you the difference but here is a single dx11 game benchmarks that contain you 2gb hd 5870 amd a hd 7850 which is a little slower in performance then the r9 270, and is what the r9 270 was built from. so here is a link to at least the one game i took the time to find.

www.techspot.com/review/670-metro-last-light-performance/page3.html

so you can't judge by just specs alone. different pcb's and tech will make a huge difference too. but don't worry the 5870 is still a decent performer at low-mid lvl gaming with the games today. and if you are happy playing at them settings your good to go. me personally i like a GPU that lest me have my eye candy. and don't worry i'm not trying to put you down or anything like that. just trying to help you see beyond specs and show actual in game performance to know the difference.
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Basard
vanquishedlight
i see what your going by. just specs alone. yes the specs might be very close. but actual performance isn't nearly as good. after reading your reply i went ahead and did a little research for you of actual in game benchmarks. i wasn't going all out to show you the difference but here is a single dx11 game benchmarks that contain you 2gb hd 5870 amd a hd 7850 which is a little slower in performance then the r9 270, and is what the r9 270 was built from. so here is a link to at least the one game i took the time to find.

www.techspot.com/review/670-metro-last-light-performance/page3.html

so you can't judge by just specs alone. different pcb's and tech will make a huge difference too. but don't worry the 5870 is still a decent performer at low-mid lvl gaming with the games today. and if you are happy playing at them settings your good to go. me personally i like a GPU that lest me have my eye candy. and don't worry i'm not trying to put you down or anything like that. just trying to help you see beyond specs and show actual in game performance to know the difference.
Yeah, the 270 is faster. If i had to upgrade from a, say, 4000 series and my options were between a used ROG 5870 for $100 or a 270 for $175ish, I'd go for the newer model.... but then I would probably just wait and grab a Nano :D I got my eye on that lil bastard...
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vanquishedlight
Basard
Yeah, the 270 is faster. If i had to upgrade from a, say, 4000 series and my options were between a used ROG 5870 for $100 or a 270 for $175ish, I'd go for the newer model.... but then I would probably just wait and grab a Nano :D I got my eye on that lil bastard...
yeah that nano might be pretty impressive for it's size. from what i read it will have about the same performance as the r9 290x aka r9 390x. but until there released and people start posting bench results there is no saying at this point. but as far as price goes you can prolly expect to pay around $400-450 for it when it comes out on the market. me personally i'm going to be watching for benchies on the r9 390 8gb. even though the 390 won't be much if any fast then the 290 4gb. that 8gb will be nice for higher resolutions and a little future proof as far as vram is concerned, might be worth the extra $100 over the 290. but will see what happens after dx12 comes out and see what kind of performance increase the card gets being made for dx12 compared to my hd 7950 running dx12 and not fully utilizing dx12 features.
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#22
vanquishedlight
since i have nothing better to do then look for 300 series benchmarks. here is what i have found

enjoy :0)
www.gamersnexus.net/hwreviews/1984-amd-r9-390-380-benchmark-review/Page-2

www.techspot.com/review/1019-radeon-r9-390x-390-380/page6.html

www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-radeon-r9-390x-r9-380-r7-370,4178-6.html

i'm sure there is more out there but this is a start for those interested in seeing benchmarks for the 300 series.
so from what i seen atm, is spending $150-180 more for the r9 390x over the r9 290x worth the 0-5fps difference just for the 8gb vram, that really isn't going to make a big impact on performance in gaming even at 4k?
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#23
Ebo
RejZoR
Problem here is, rebrand costs twice as much as the old card just because of new fancy name and 4 extra GB of VRAM. That's just insane. Rebrand makes sense when you get old tech for much lower price than it was originally sold, not for more.
Hey what planet do you live on ?.

You can buy from other countries where the price might be a little bit better to swollow than your own, the beauty of the interweb.

If you are in the market for a new GFX and you have set your budget, see what you can get and be happy about it, otherwise you have to come up with more money, its that simple.

Just dont assume all people see it like you do, because I really dont see anything near what you are trying to make a fuss about. IF people will pay for it, theres a market, if you dont wanna do that.....well nobody forces you to buy it, its your choice and your money.

When I buy new tech, I have a budget in mind but normally its ends up being between 20-50% more expensive in the end, and Im quite happy about it any way, I get what I want....end of story.

Highend gear has allways been expensive, get over it. That is not made for the average Joe, its made for me because I want it and I really dont care how much it costs.
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#24
RejZoR
I am looking at other countries. Geizhals is basically a price hunter for central Europe. If they don't have the cheapest, then you most likely won't find it cheaper anywhere else. And 390X's there cost beyond 370€ currently. I'm not mad...
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Uplink10
@RejZoR
How are you going to order from other countries like Austria to Slovenia, I thought most of the companies do not ship to Slovenia and Croatia and so on.
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