AMD unveiled a new line of graphics cards today, at least … in part. The presentation introducing the R7 and R9 ‘Hawaii’ cards to the world was a little lacking on concrete technical details, so we’ll probably have to wait for benchmarkers to get their hands on them and do some comparative tests.
In theory, there’s an R7 or R9 for every price range. The R7 250 will be around $90.00 USD, has 1GB of GDDR5 RAM and (AMD claims) scores 2000 in 3D Mark’s ‘Firestrike’ benchmarking test. Next in the series is the R7 260X ($140.00 USD / 2GB GDDR5 RAM / 3700 on Firestrike.) The other three cards are R9’s: R9 270X ($200.00 USD / 2GB GDDR5 RAM / 5500 on Firestrike,) R9 280X ($380.00 USD / 3GB GDDR5 RAM / 6800 on Firestrike) and the unpriced R9 290X which has 4GB of GDDR5 RAM and is apparently AMD’s answer to Nvidia’s Titan.
That’s about it in terms of technical detail. AMD exactly didn’t go all out to list the specs of the R9 290X, nor any of the other cards really. There’s a handy marketing bar graph that I’ve reproduced above (taken from the livestream,) but not a whole lot else. The R9 cards are said to support DirectX 11.2.
In addition, AMD announced a special Battlefield 4 bundle that will be available to pre-order in limited quantities from 3 October. It combines DICE’s upcoming title with an R9 290X graphics card. Since that card hasn’t yet been priced, nor has the bundle. The AMD R7 and R9 range are due in time for Christmas.