AMD Unveils New Family of GPUs: Radeon R7 and R9, With Exclusive Battlefield 4 Preorder

rated by 0 users
This post has 16 Replies | 1 Follower

Top 10 Contributor
Posts 26,155
Points 1,185,205
Joined: Sep 2007
ForumsAdministrator
News Posted: Wed, Sep 25 2013 4:39 PM
At a press event today, AMD announced a full suite of new GPUs based on a new, evolved version of its Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. The Radeon R7 and R9 families are the new product lines aimed at mainstream, performance, and high-end gaming, respectively. Specs on the new cards are still limited, but we know that the highest-end Radeon R9 290X is a six-billion transistor GPU with more than 300GB/s of memory bandwidth and prominent support for 4K gaming.

GCN 2.0 has been widely rumored as a next-gen feature of the card, but AMD appears to be avoiding that term. They refer to multiple power efficiency enhancements in the GPU, but nothing regarding a GCN 2.0. That implies that the new R9 290X is essentially a more power-efficient, larger version of the same GPU that debuted in 2011. That's not necessarily a bad thing, given that GCN has been a strong architecture for AMD. With multiple consoles based on GCN, Sunnyvale may think it can leverage the specialization work done for those chips and see strong improvements from these cores.



The R5 series will start at $89, with 1GB of RAM. The R7 260X will hit $139 with 2GB of RAM, the R9 270X and 280X appear to replace the current Radeon 7950 and 7970 with price points at $199 and $299, and 2GB/3GB of RAM, and then the R9 290X, at an unannounced price point and 4GB of RAM. 



 

AMD is also offering a limited preorder pack, that lets people buy a Battlefield 4 license combined with the GPU, which should go on sale in the very near future. 


 
Finally, AMD is also debuting a new positional and 3D spatial audio engine in conjunction with GenAudio dubbed "AstoundSound," but they're only making it available on the R9 290X, R9 290, and the R7 260X. The keynote is still ongoing, but for the record, it seems like an odd decision. Pushing out new technology almost always requires a complete product lineup for support -- by only bringing audio out across a few cards, AMD risks pigeonholing its own next generation technology. The idea of a positional audio engine is itself odd, but we'll get back to you with more details on that as they become available.
  • | Post Points: 140
Not Ranked
Posts 20
Points 160
Joined: Aug 2013

as i said in a previous post why does the flagship have a dookie 4gb?

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 1
Points 5
Joined: Sep 2013

So AMD is going for the 3D FPS crowd exclusively now. All us MMOPG'rs can stay all 7xxx.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 52
Points 555
Joined: Apr 2012
semitope replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 5:36 PM

4GB is legit

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 8,647
Points 104,065
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
MembershipAdministrator
Moderator
realneil replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 5:39 PM

Waiting for reviews, and a response from team green now.

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 25 Contributor
Posts 3,586
Points 54,885
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: United States, Massachusetts
ForumsAdministrator
MembershipAdministrator
Dave_HH replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 5:42 PM

We hope to have product in hand soon!

Editor In Chief
http://hothardware.com


  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 22
Points 145
Joined: Mar 2013

Gtx 780 is where its at

  • | Post Points: 20
Not Ranked
Posts 11
Points 100
Joined: Mar 2011
JAquino replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 9:05 PM

599? Im buying it

  • | Post Points: 20
Not Ranked
Posts 2
Points 10
Joined: Sep 2013

Don't forget it will comes with a game. Surely we'll have to buy the premium but its a minus 60$ from the price of the card. I always count it like that + you also have to count the games that will be bundled with the card itself as amd usual deals(never settle something...). I'll pre-order with eyes closed.

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 17
Points 175
Joined: Jul 2013
basroil2 replied on Thu, Sep 26 2013 4:55 AM

Firestrike performance preset of less than 8000? It will have a hard time competing with the GTX770 and HD7970, let alone a GTX780 or the Titan. Considering the 770 and 7970 have scores of 7200 and are priced about the same as the R9-280 (which has only 6500), the only way for AMD to compete will be to make the R9-290 just $400. Any more than that and it quickly loses it's value (especially if nvidia goes with a 770ti/boost at the $400 range).

  • | Post Points: 20
Not Ranked
Posts 2
Points 25
Joined: Sep 2013
SteveFroud replied on Thu, Sep 26 2013 12:57 PM

Not any more it isn't!

Nvidia is no longer supported with most next gen games, they're all going to be ported and written for the new AMD/Radeon consoles.

At last! I can get shot of my 3 ageing Nvidia 570's! May go for two R9 280X's, plenty enough for gaming.

  • | Post Points: 20
Not Ranked
Posts 2
Points 25
Joined: Sep 2013

I like the sound of the R9 280X, basically a super-charged 7970GE. 2 of these babies should give anyone a

h*** on!

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 25 Contributor
Posts 3,586
Points 54,885
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: United States, Massachusetts
ForumsAdministrator
MembershipAdministrator
Dave_HH replied on Thu, Sep 26 2013 3:15 PM

So, it turns much of the line-up is based on existing silicon, with the exception of the new Big Daddy, Radeon R9 290X. This is not uncommon I guess and we'll likely see the new GPU arch filter down to the midrange and low-end gradually.

Editor In Chief
http://hothardware.com


  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 1
Points 5
Joined: Sep 2013
OwiKhan replied on Fri, Sep 27 2013 2:34 AM

So finally AMD ROCK,S

any body know on which site we pre-order these monsters GPU,Z in (UK)

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 2
Points 25
Joined: Oct 2013

I can't understand it, how is a Firestrike score of 8000 good? My $200 7950 gets a graphics score of over 8000!!

http://www.3dmark.com/3dm/1299529

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 2
Points 25
Joined: Oct 2013

hmmm, lets see, game writers can optimize games for Nvidia with a 62% market share, or AMD with a 38% market share. Tough choice.

http://www.tekrevue.com/2013/08/19/nvidia-takes-62-of-discrete-gpu-market-share-in-q2-2013/

Nvidia launched the Titan 8 months ago, AMDs top new card, the R9 290X, just matches it now (yet to be seen). What's the chances of Nvidia possibly introducing something which blows away the 290X next year?

The good news is, you'll be able to pick up the 290X for half the price in 6 months time along with a bucket load of free games.

PS. I have two HD7950's. Fanboy? No, just realistic.

  • | Post Points: 20
Top 10 Contributor
Posts 8,647
Points 104,065
Joined: Apr 2009
Location: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
MembershipAdministrator
Moderator

leeb2013:
What's the chances of Nvidia possibly introducing something which blows away the 290X next year?

Probably excellent. (maybe ~this~ year) The back and forth between these two companies will not stop.

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

  • | Post Points: 5
Page 1 of 1 (17 items) | RSS