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AMD Launches Radeon R9 280 Graphics Card for US$279

AMD Launches Radeon R9 280 Graphics Card for US$279

AMD has officially launched the Radeon R9 280 graphics card that was conspicuously missing from the R9 lineup. The Radeon R9 and R7 graphics cards were first announced in November last year. The Radeon R9 280 is viewed as a replacement for the existing Tahiti Pro-based Radeon HD 7950.

The Radeon R9 280 appears to be based on the same Tahiti Pro GPU as the incumbent Radeon HD 7950. According to AMD, the competing GPU from the NVIDIA camp would be the GeForce GTX 760. The new AMD card is slated for wider availability later this month, with a launch price of US$279. The specifications of the card are as follows:-

AMD Radeon R9 280, Radeon HD 7950 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Compared
Model AMD Radeon R9 280 AMD Radeon HD 7950 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
Core Code  Tahiti Pro (to be confirmed) Tahiti Pro GK104
Transistor Count 4.3 billion (to be confirmed) 4.3 billion 3.5 billion
Manufacturing Process 28nm 28nm 28nm
Core Clock Up to 933MHz 850MHz (Boost Clock: 925MHz) 980MHz (Boost Clock: 1033MHz)
Compute Performance 3.34 TFLOPS  2.87 TFLOPS 2.26 TFLOPS
Stream Processors 1792 1792 1152
Texture Mapping Units (TMUs) 112 112 96
Raster Operator units (ROP) 32 32 32
Onboard Memory 3GB GDDR5  3GB GDDR5 2GB GDDR5
Memory Clock 5000MHz 5000MHz 6008MHz
DDR Memory Bus 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 240GB/s 240GB/s 192GB/s
PCI Express Interface PCIe ver 3.0 x16 PCIe ver 3.0 x16 PCIe ver 3.0 x16
Molex Power Connectors 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin 2 x 6-pin 2 x 6-pin
Typical Board Power 250W  200W 170W
Multi GPU Technology AMD CrossFire; up to four GPUs NVIDIA SLI
Display Connectivity
  • 2 x Dual-Link DVI
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 1 x Dual-Link DVI
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 2 x mini-DisplayPort
  • 2 x Dual-Link DVI
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x DisplayPort
AMD TrueAudio Technology No No  No
API Support DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, AMD Mantle DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, NVIDIA PhysX
Launch Price US$279 US$449  US$249

According to AMD, the card's support for the Mantle AP I will be released as a software patch in the coming weeks.

(Source: AMD)

 

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