AMD Introduces its New GPU Lineup at GPU '14 Tech Day in Hawaii

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Today AMD held its GPU ’14 Tech Day in Hawaii where it was expected to introduce its new lineup of graphics cards, more specifically the new high-end R9 290X. In case you missed the Livestream, here’s the rundown of what was presented by AMD and partners.

Matt Skinner, AMD VP and General Manager of Graphics Business Unit, hopped on stage to present the new lineup of cards. He showed the R9 and R7 series of GPUs. The R7 series include R7 250 and R7 260X, which boast 1GB and 2GB of RAM and will retail for $89 and $139 respectively. AMD said the new cards can score 2000 and 3700 marks in 3DMark Fire Strike. Moving up the ranks, Matt introduced the R9 270X and R9 280X. The 270X features 2GB of GDDR5, has a MSRP of $199 and does 5500 in Fire Strike, while the 280X has one more GB of RAM, a price tag of $299 and scores 6800 marks. Finally, few details were released regarding the R9 290X but it is confirmed to boast a full 4GB of GDDR5. Matt Skinner said that AMD is going to offer the new card in a bundle with Battlefield 4, starting October 3rd. No price was mentioned for the card or the bundle.

Next, it was the turn of Raja Koduri, corporate vice president of Visual Computing at AMD, to take the stage to talk a little more about the GPU behind R9 290X. The new GPU is based on an enhanced Graphics Core Next architecture and is the first to support Microsoft DirectX 11.2. Koduri said that the new GPU yields over 5 TFlops of computing power and has a memory bandwidth of 300 GB/s thanks to its speculated 512-bit wide bus. The GPU is made of more than 6 billion transistors manufactured on what we already confirmed is TSMC’s 28nm process.

AMD’s Raja Koduri also talked about a new feature onboard R9 290X, R9 290 and R7 260X: AMD True Audio. True Audio is a dedicated audio processor that is either on-board the new cards or on-die the new GPU. The audio processor can be used to offload the sound effects from the main CPU to the graphics card for added overall system performance. AMD gave the stage to some of its new audio partners and game developers to talk a bit more about the TrueAudio and what it can bring to the gaming crowd. Basically, the dedicated processor will dramatically increase sound quality and sound effects in games, allowing to hear hundreds more voices and channels as well as providing directional audio from any kind of input for in-game immersive audio.

At this point, judging from the FireStrike scores mentioned by AMD in their press event, it is probable that AMD has a single new GPU in the form of R9 290X. Scores for R9 280X and 270X are very close to current Tahiti products, HD 7970 and HD 7950. R7 lineup is believably a re-brand of Pitcairn, Bonaire and/or Cape Verde GPUs found in HD 7800 and HD 7700 series of video cards. The only wild card here is R7 260X. As it also features the new True Audio DSP, it is possible that it is built around a cut-down version of the R9 290X’s GPU.

Very much like NVIDIA did with their new 700-series of cards, AMD is adopting the strategy of building a single high-end GPU as flagship of a new series of products, along with re-branded GPUs to fill the ranks of more mainstream offerings. What AMD is bringing to the consumer with this approach is a GPU that will go head-to-head with NVIDIA’s Titan, while lowering prices on the rest of its products lineup.

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    It seems there will be a R9 290 with a launch price of $399. If this is true then I'll be getting this.

    http://videocardz.com/amd/radeon-r200/radeon-r9-290
    neo668
    I'm sure newer games (after BF4) will be using at least 3GB or more. 6GB will be future-proof. I think. Better to pay a bit more now and get more VRAM than buy a brand new card 1 or 2 years from now.


    At least, no. There is a very likely chance it will as BF3 was using 2.5 gb in 64 player games. A 2gb card is fine if your are building on a budget and playing at nothing higher than 1080. You may run into vram limitation down the road. But if you are building on a budget - you probably don't expect to run everything at its highest settings. So just turn things down.
    neo668
    I'm sure newer games (after BF4) will be using at least 3GB or more. 6GB will be future-proof. I think. Better to pay a bit more now and get more VRAM than buy a brand new card 1 or 2 years from now.


    At least, no. There is a very likely chance it will. A 2gb card is fine if your are building on a budget and playing at nothing higher than 1080. You may run into vram limitation down the road. But if you are building on a budget - you probably don't expect to run everything at its highest settings. So just turn things down.
    I'm sure newer games (after BF4) will be using at least 3GB or more. 6GB will be future-proof. I think. Better to pay a bit more now and get more VRAM than buy a brand new card 1 or 2 years from now.
    6Gb is a bit overkill (syas the guy with 2 of them)

    My plan was to sell them and get R9 290X 4Gb, but for now i going to stick with them, since it seems the performance jump isnt as big as first thought.
    It seems the R9 290X will be closer to $700 than $600. So will probably get the R9 280X if there is a 6GB version. If not, then I'll get the 7970 6GB. I know 3GB should be enough for now. But last year even 2GB was enough. With BF4 this year 2GB just won't be up to the task. And after BF4 game developers will have a new standard. I would have preferred 4GB with the 290X. I guess I won't be able to afford it though.
    I have a feeling that someone wants more pictures of the new line up starting from MSI, Asus, Sapphire, Powercolor, gigabyte, and XFX.

    http://videocardz.com/46367/asus-msi-sapphire-powercolor-gigabyte-r9-200-lineups-pictures
    so compared to the 7xxx series vs R9-280x and below what's the speculations of preformance and OC potiental over old series? and who considering going r280x?
    Well, i dont think that the core is the problem regarding overheating when playing Star Citizen Module. The stuff i detected was a shocking RAM temperature at the card, it was over 10 C above core temp and thats a rather unusual value (usualy RAM is more or less indentical to core temp). So that engine is a true VRAM burner, any card without RAM coolers may become problematic. Ist not that surprising, when taken into account that the used VRAM space (at 1080P) is 1.8 GB, so even the most basic part of the game is fully "abusing" the entire RAM space and is making excessive use of it. Any card with less than 3 GB RAM is unable to go above 1080P, the sacrifice in performance would be fatal. A card with less than 2 GB is not even able to run the game in 1080P, but that have to be expected.

    My next card surely will need RAM coolers, thats a must have, by design not every cooler is actively cooling it (not just blowing but having heatsink attached).
    awktane
    Bad timing for AMD. Sure it's just one company but I can see it still hurting the image of AMD...

    http://www.legitreviews.com/origin-pc-drops-amd-radeon-graphics-cards-pcs-maybe_125585

    I've personally had numerous issues with AMD (and crossfire) and none with Nvidia (and sli) so, at the moment, I'm firmly on the green team. I would consider AMD if I were building a science/bitcoin machine but for everyday use... nvidia.


    Looks to me to be 90% an attention grab for free advertising, a cheap dig that takes advantage of the way many easily sway to NVidia on forums. Hard for them to lose making this move tbh. (except ofc that AMD's new card seems to be a bit of a winner and cheaper)

    On Star Citizen forums where the new Hangar Module was released which heavily stresses both CPUs and GPUs... MOST of the problems were all with NVidia cards overheating. AMD had almost zero occurrences of these issues.

    I was actually one of the Very few, maybe only example, of AMD cards having an issue. (My 7950 appeared to have after market thermal paste applied which went hard and the HS shifted creating hot spots.)

    - My card while 24/7 folding@home stable would crash out within 45secs in the Hangar Module from overheating.

    After careful cleaning and re-applying fresh thermal paste it is stable with low temp.

    Every other time I saw the error relating to this with others it was always NVidia 500 & 600 series cards overheating.

    One guys 590 even caught fire even though it was running at stock speeds etc. (not a heat sink related issue) This is a known NVidia issue since that card's launch - NVidia cut size as marketing ploy Vs AMD (making a big point over it at the time), but also cut back on both number of VRMs and Quality of them. Testers trying overclocks on those cards fried quite a few too.

    There were perhaps dozens of NVidia heat related issues and only 1 AMD heat related issue (possibly due to the previous owner of my card - the Asus model of my 7950 Direct CUII TOP version 1 is prone to HS contact issues which mine suffers from too - not AMD's fault though).

    - bit odd that AMD did not have these heat issues. Surprised me tbh and I was even Looking for another AMD guy with the same issue, just ended up helping lots of NVidia users.

    NVidia knew about major multi display issues when I had my 8800GT and just ignored the **** out of the problem, which they had publicly acknowledged, for literally Years. They Never fixed the problem in the Entire time I owned that card for many years. (I checked regularly and often, actively seeking solutions and testing each new driver released in hope)

    At the end of the day I am a bit sore at NVidia still, I bought their 8800GT both for its excellent performance and also specifically for multi monitor display. If I had gone with an ATI card I would have had no problem from what I read of others experiences at the time.

    I would still buy an NVidia card, hesitantly. Over priced, unreliable, (2? times their drivers caused destruction of Many peoples cards).

    Both AMD and NVidia are striving to provide Excellent products. Both companies have slipped now and then - NVidia Much worse and more often historically...

    Both companies have great products and driver teams aiming to win our custom over.

    - they are both moving forward and should be great choices.

    - choose on current performance, cost, the future of each companies continued success

    - any issues going forward Should these days get fixed Pretty Fast by both companies as neither will want to be seen to drop that ball again.

    (This Star Citizen Hangar Module causing so many NVidia cards overheating problems is actually Very strange considering the same board partners make AMD products which had almost zero heat issues.)
    Kemosabe89
    Yes i understand that EVGA is to nVIDIA as Sapphire to AMD. I bundle the two together. Sorry if I make my self look like an idiot. But to the point. I really want amd to come out with something "different" when it comes to reference.


    Good blower coolers are the way to go.

    The Best cooler available for 7950's was HIS's Blower. It gave top cooling performance while also being a Quiet performer all in one package!

    Tom's 7950 roundup

    I personally run folding@home 24/7

    My Asus Direct CUII TOP is a Big HSF thing that does run cool, but blows Most heat into the case, this raises my CPU temps by 9c.

    - despite having some really decent airflow in my case - 3x 120mm in and 3x120 out all running about 1,100rpm.

    The extra heat from the GPU pushes my hex core OC'd CPU much higher than I would like during summer, despite having a Noctua NH-D14 on it.

    I think we nee More and Better designed blowers like the HIS one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNVhiMs7Vx4
    hokiealumnus
    It was not my intention to make you feel stupid; sorry if that was the case. I was just pointing out a small error in your post. Your subsequent post still says NVIDIA made the ACX cooler. Twice. The ACX cooler is not a reference cooler, nor is it an NVIDIA design. There is no non-blower-style reference cooler in NVIDIA's line. AMD does have some non-blower coolers in their line, but they're all on the smaller cards (think R7 260X and below) and can't cope with the heat of the high-end cards.


    Actually it was stupid. There was error in my posting. :bang head

    Still would love to see AMD put a more adequate cooling solution to there cards at the reference level other then out sorcing to other companies like ASUS/MSI/Sapphire/GIGABYTE... False hope I presume. But thank you for correcting me. Im still a huge noob for the most part.
    It was not my intention to make you feel stupid; sorry if that was the case. I was just pointing out a small error in your post. Your subsequent post still says NVIDIA made the ACX cooler. Twice. The ACX cooler is not a reference cooler, nor is it an NVIDIA design. There is no non-blower-style reference cooler in NVIDIA's line. AMD does have some non-blower coolers in their line, but they're all on the smaller cards (think R7 260X and below) and can't cope with the heat of the high-end cards.
    Yes i understand that EVGA is to nVIDIA as Sapphire to AMD. I bundle the two together. Sorry if I make my self look like an idiot. But to the point. I really want amd to come out with something "different" when it comes to reference.