AMD Launches Radeon R9 370X on the Sly

While much of the attention today has been focused on the R9 Nano and what that card will mean for AMD, another card was also quietly released. Dubbed the R9 370X, the “new” GPU features our old friend Pitcairn. Like much of AMD’s lineup, the card is a rebrand of the 7870 and R7 270/270X, utilizing Pitcairn XT. This gives the card 1280 shader processors, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs, connected to either 2 or 4GB of GDDR5 over a 256bit bus.

The biggest question remaining about the card is what clocks it will have. The 7870 debuted at 1000mhz while the 270X bumped that up to 1050mhz. Given the limitations of GCN, we peak boost clocks will probably fall between 1100-1150mhz. While this does provide a chip to slot in between the R7 370 and the R9 380, the card is still limited to GCN 1.0, meaning newer features like FreeSync, color compression, TrueAudio and improved tessellation performance are missing.

Interestingly, the 370X is only launching in one market for now, China. This means you shouldn’t expect the card to arrive in other markets just yet. The first AiB partner pictured is the Sapphire Vapor-X model which is pretty much the same look as the Vapor-X 270X. With the launch of Nvidia’s GTX 950, AMD had only the R7 370 to do battle but fell behind in performance. The 370X should give AMD the crown back as long as the price is competitive.

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PowerColor Devil 370X Benchmarks Leaked

AMD’s budget-focused 370X is designed to compete with the GTX 950 and could instigate a price war in the lower-end market. The 370X features 1280 stream processors and utilizes the entire Pitcairn architecture. Finally, the raw performance numbers are emerging from custom-cooled models such as the PowerColor Devil 370x. This particular card contains a core of 1180MHz and memory frequency of 5600MHz.

The PowerColor Devil 370X opts for a rather understated matte black backplate which prevents unwanted drooping and implements a more premium feel.

This GPU is powered by 2 6-pin PCI-E connectors which should help with overclocking potential.

In terms of connectivity, the PowerColor Devil includes 2 mini DisplayPorts 1.2, 1 HDMI (most probably 1.4) and 2 DVI-I connectors. There is also a vent to help with airflow and push heat outside the case.

The cooler itself is based on a copper 4-heatpipe design with ample room for two extremely large heatsinks.

The shroud is constructed from metal and painted in a gorgeous black and red finish. While this colour scheme is overdone, it looks fantastic and oozes build quality. Additionally, a 3 fan setup allows for reasonable temperatures at a low decibel level.

A closer look at the PCB shows the card’s power circuitry, core and VRAM layout.

Moving onto the actual results, we can see the PowerColor Devil 370x reaches a 3DMARK 11 X-score of 2761. To put this into perspective, a reference GTX 960 usually manages around X3350.

The GPU was also tested in Fire Strike Extreme and achieved a Graphics score of 3035. This easily outperforms many overclocked 270X cards which attain a figure around 2700-2800.

Perhaps the most important results revolve around gaming benchmarks at the mainstream 1920×1080 standard. The chart below records the lowest and average frame rate from a wide array of demanding games. In descending order, the benched titles are Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Dragon Age Inquisition, Lords of the Fallen, Project Cars, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, Zombie Army Trilogy, Moonlight Blade and World of Tanks.

Judging from the benchmarks and gaming scores, it seems the PowerColor Devil 370X will be a stonking card for customers on a tight budget.

AMD Radeon 370X to Feature 1280 Stream Processors

AMD’s Radeon 300 graphics card series, launched back in June, is about to get a new addition to the family, and we have news about the forthcoming Radeon 370X, thanks to a leaked screenshot of its specifications.

We don’t yet know for sure whether the new AMD Radeon 370X will be associated with the R7 or R9 series; while the model down – the Radeon 370 – is part of the R7 series, and it was assumed that the 370X would belong to the same family, a leaked GPU-Z screenshot, courtesy of Expreview, points to the card being an R9, and potentially a Radeon R9 270X rebrand.

Like the 270X, the 370X has 2GB GDDR5 memory across a 256-bit interface, similar clocks, and also sporting 1280 Stream Cores. The two cards even share the same Device ID. The only notable difference between the pair is a BIOS revision.

The 370X is the latest iteration of the Pitcairn graphics processor, which made its debut in 2012. With the launch of the Radeon 300 series, the GPU was rebranded as Trinidad, after previously carrying the name Curacao during the Radeon 200 generation.

It has been rumoured that the Radeon R9 370X could hit the shelves in the next two weeks, just in time to compete against the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950.

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AMD Radeon 370X Built on Full Pitcairn GPU

Details have emerged about AMD’s upcoming 370X graphics card. This budget-friendly GPU is designed to compete with NVIDIA’s GTX 950 which should arrive in retail stores within the next 2 weeks. According to GPU-Z stills from Expreview, the card will feature 1280 Stream cores and 2GB GDDR5 on a 256-bit interface.

This specification shows the GPU is utilizing AMD’s full Pitcairn graphical processor, which first came on the scene in 2012. Annoyingly, the Subvendor information is obscured, but I would expect the GPU clock to be virtually identical to AMD’s last generation, 270X. Expreview suggests AMD have simply created a BIOS revision and this new card shares the same Device ID as the 270X. This corresponds with AMD’s rebrand plans on lower-tier GPUs.

There is a strange anomaly from the screenshots which I find hard to comprehend. You might notice, the graphics card contains the R9 branding which is usually reserved for higher-end GPUs. Perhaps, the Fury range has made AMD alter their naming scheme and allow for budget cards in the R9 series. Whatever the case, it will be interesting to see how AMD’s 370X compares to the GTX 950. While the performance numbers of the GTX 950 are still unknown, it doesn’t take a lot of time to work out the 370x’s gaming performance.

Do you think NVIDIA will begin offering better performing GPUs on a strict budget, or will AMD continue to be the value-orientated proposition?

AMD’s Next Generation Only Brings One new Chip

We’ve seen rumours about the AMD Radeon R9 300 series for quite some time now. and with the release dates getting closer each day, more and more of these rumours are compiled into more reliable information.

The 390 and 380 series are confirmed for a Q2 2015 release, but the other release times are more or less speculations based on history and leaks, but they seem very likely.

One of the almost sad things bout this is the use of GCN 1.1 (Graphic Core Next) in the 380 and 380x and it shows us that we’ll only really get one new chip in this generation – the Fiji used in the 390 and 390x cards.

Where the R9 380 series will be a rebranded R9 290, the 370 will be a rebrand of the current R9 285 – but when we say rebrand it just means that they will use the same chip architecture. Clock speeds and other aspects might have been tuned and optimised.

So, the wait is almost over for those who want to get their hands on AMD’s next gen cards with HBM memory.

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