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

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.
Via:  Hot Hardware
WarHeaven1 one year ago

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

JeffPSlatton one year ago

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

semitope one year ago

4GB is legit

realneil one year ago

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

Dave_HH one year ago

We hope to have product in hand soon!

ZackTemple one year ago

Gtx 780 is where its at

SteveFroud one year ago

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.

leeb2013 one year ago

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

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.

realneil one year ago

[quote user="leeb2013"]What's the chances of Nvidia possibly introducing something which blows away the 290X next year?[/quote]

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

JAquino one year ago

599? Im buying it

AlexandreDufresne one year ago

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.

basroil2 one year ago

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).

leeb2013 one year ago

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

SteveFroud one year ago

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

h*** on!

Dave_HH one year ago

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.

OwiKhan one year ago

So finally AMD ROCK,S

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

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