Leaks Point to November 19th Launch for AMD Radeon R9 380X

With more leaks than the Fury launch received, we’re finally getting word on the launch for AMD’s R9 380X. According to various sources, the R9 380X will launch tomorrow on November 19th. This jives with information obtained earlier which pointed to a November 20th launch in Japan. Given the time zone differences, this all fits in for an early  launch in North America for the 19th.

As expected, the 380X features a full Tonga/Antigua die with 2048 Shader Cores, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs. Surprisingly, the core clocks are pretty low given how mature 28nm is, at only 970 base, with boost determined by the AIB partner. Memory bandwidth comes in as expected with a slight bump to 5700Mhz for 182GB/s for 4GB of GDDR5. Compared to the 280X it is replacing, the newer card manages to shave off 60W for 190W TDP. 

Overall, this should make the 380X a pretty card for AMD. With pricing at $229-249 USD, the card slots right into the gap between the 960 and the 970. Efficiency should be improved enough to bring it inline with at least Kepler levels which is good for those concerned with that. Performance should be decent as well though that depends on the final clock speeds. With a 10% architectural improvement, the 380X might not be a worthy successor to the 280X just yet, but it will be enough to get those on the 660/760/960 and 265/270X to upgrade.

AMD May Launch New GPU on November 20th in Japan

According to Japanese sources, AMD is set to unveil a multitude of new products in the coming week. Set to occur in an event on November 20th, AMD will be showing off their new Crimson software suite, various partner products as well a new GPU.

While Crimson is undoubtedly a major release and an important release for AMD, the graphics card launch will probably take center stage. After the complete Fiji lineup launched, there are only two main candidates for a new GPU. These are the Fury Gemini which is expected to be a Fijix2 part or the much-leaked 380X which we pretty much already know all about.

For the past month or so, the leaked launch dates for the 380X have come and gone many times. This time around though, given the multitude of leaks we have seen, may finally see the card launch. With Black Friday coming up soon as well as the rest of the holiday season, a 380X launch could capitalize on the increased spending in the United States. On the other hand, the flagship dual Fiji part will probably sell well enough on its own given its premium status. We will could see the FijiX2 part before the end of the year, but given past timeframes on AMD launches, that is unlikely.

Leaked AMD Radeon R9 380X Benchmarks Show Near R9 290 Performance

With the R9 380X rumoured to launch in just a week or so, we’re now getting some interesting leaks about the card. Earlier, we brought you the images for XFX’s model and what appeared to be the exact specifications for the card. Today we’re getting a Colorfire R9 380X with a GPU-Z screenshot as well as the benchmark score from 3DMark 11 which shows off the card’s performance.

From the GPU-Z screenshot, we pretty much get a good idea of the card’s performance. The 2048 shader cores, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs all clock in at a good 1070 Mhz. Pixel fill rate comes in at 34.2 GPixel/s which is pretty much expected given the Tonga configuration. Texture fillrate is 137 GTexel/s which is much better than what the R9 380 and R9 280X boasted. 4GB of 6125Mhz GDDR5 VRAM wrap it up by giving 172GB/s via the 256bit bus. Overall, these specs place the card solidly between the R9 380 and R9 290/390.

In 3DMark 11 Extreme, the card managed to score 4024 overall with a relatively weak Intel Core i5 and 3768 in graphics. The R9 290 scores around the 4200 mark and the R9 280X at about 3300. Based off our estimates from extrapolating Tonga/GCN1.2 improvements over the R9 290X/GCN1.0, we would expect the 380X fall a bit short of the R9 290 but still surpass the GTX 780 in most cases. This is despite the 780 scoring about 3600 in 3DMark 11 since that test tends to favour Nvidia cards more.

Overall, AMD looks to have  winner int he midrange with this card. Depending on the price, the 380X can steal some marketshare back from Nvidia which has a sizable gap between the 970 and 960 in terms of performance. Given some of the limitations of the 960, Nvidia may want to consider a cut-down 970 that is not memory bottlenecked in order to do battle. As one of the last 28nm and GCN cards, AMD is making sure to go out with a bang.

AMD R9 380X Exact Specifications Leaked

With just over a month until the expected launch, more information on AMD’s Radeon R9 380X have surfaced. Last time around, we got a glimpse of the XFX Double Dissipation model and today we’re treated to the full specifications

Unlike the R9 285/380, the 380X will feature the full Tonda die. Tonga was originally launched last year cut down to 1792 shader units, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs over a 256bit GGDR5. Keeping the same 256bit bus, the 380X will feature 2048 shader units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs, a hardware parity with the aged 280X. Given the architectural improvements GCN 1.2 introduced starting with Tonga, the 380X should place at least 10% faster than its predecessor. Clock speeds also get a boost up to between 1000~1100Mhz while GDDR5 speeds will stay about the at around 5500Mhz~6000Mhz.

With better performance and DX12 support, among other advantages compared to the GTX 770, AMD has a good chance to dominate the $150 gap between Nvidia’s GTX 960 and 970. The 380X may also come standard with 4GB of VRAM as 2GB is probably a bit too low for this tier of performance. If the 380X does well in the market, it will be interesting to see if Nvidia will respond with an even more cut down GM204 in the form of a GTX 960Ti, cut prices on the 970 or simply just wait it out till Pascal.

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AMD Radeon R9 380X May Land In Late October

Ever since AMD debuted Tonga Pro in the R9 285, everyone had been waiting for the full Tonga XT die. Earlier this week, we got our first hint with the glimpse of the XFX Double Dissipation R9 390X. Today, we’re getting word that the R9 380X will finally arrive in late October, a little over a month from now. This will fill the relatively large gap between the R9 380  and 390.

With GCN 1.2, the R9 380X will bring the efficiency gains first demonstrated in the R9 285. The card will feature 2048 Stream Processors, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs connected to 4GB of GDDR5 across a 256bit bus. With GCN 1.2’s improved architecture, the 380X should perform about 10% faster than the 280X at the same clocks. Despite a drop in raw bandwidth compared to the 280X, the introduction of delta color compression should alleviate any issues. The card should also feature good DX12 support with asynchronous compute as well as FreeSync.

Unlike the earlier R9 370X which was limited to China, the 380X will be available worldwide. With full Tonga on tap, AMD should be able to strike at the hole Nvidia has left between the 960 an 970. This should hopefully help AMD make some more revenue, gain some market share and be more competitive overall. The only spoiler would be if Nvidia somehow introduced a GTX 960 Ti.

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New Utility lets you Unlock Disabled Compute Engines on AMD GPUs

A new utility has emerged, entitled, “CUINFO” on Overclock.net which outlines how many compute units are enabled on Fiji, Hawaii and Tonga GPUs. The tool is designed to provide information on your card’s capabilities and offer the ability to unlock specific disabled compute units. However, many CUs are hardware locked and cannot be enabled using this software. According to VideoCardz, if the hardware message resembles the text below, you cannot perform a manual unlock or overriding might cause some kind of component failure:

Adapters detected: 1
Card #1 PCI ID: 1002:7300 – 174B:E329
DevID [7300] Rev [CB] (0), memory config: 0x00000000 (unused)
Fiji-class chip with 16 compute units per Shader Engine
SE1 hw/sw: 00030000 / 00000000 […………..xx]
SE2 hw/sw: 02400000 / 00000000 [……x..x……]
SE3 hw/sw: 90000000 / 00000000 [x..x…………]
SE4 hw/sw: 00090000 / 00000000 […………x..x]
56 of 64 CUs are active. HW locks: 8 (R/W) / SW locks: 0 (R/W).
8 CU’s are disabled by HW lock, override is possible at your own risk.

The developer of this tweak, who goes by the name of TX12, said:

“In general, you can try to unlock some cores ONLY if you have at least one of the two rightmost columns filled with ‘x’-es.”

“On this example map, rightmost column (#1) is filled with ‘x’-es only, but second (#2) is not.”

“If none of the two rightmost columns is filled with ‘x’, you’re most probably out of luck and shouldn’t try this unlock method.”

“Or just try all the roms to catch some luck (not recommended).”

TX12 explained the entire process in a lengthy forum post and is available here. Interestingly, he created a script which creates three unique ROMs, and one of these called ALL will instigate the entirety of Fuji’s cores. Although, this hasn’t been achieved as of yet.

Preliminary benchmarks indicate a clear increase in graphical horsepower after applying the tool.

Please note that this doesn’t mean your card will be compatible and you should proceed with caution.

Thank you Video Cardz for providing us with this information.

AMD Hawaii GPUs Returning With Radeon 300 Series

It’s not uncommon for current generation graphics cards to be tweaked, improved and rebranded to become part of the next-generation launch. This time around, it seems that the current line-up of Hawaii GPUs, such as the Radeon R9 290 cards, will be treated to an overclock and the addition of more VRAM However, it’s important to point out that any rebranded cards will not feature the upcoming HBM memory that the new flagship cards will feature.

It’s hard to nail down what new cards are what, as they’ve not yet been given a confirmed codename. We suspect that cards such as the R9 380 will be a rebrand of the current R9 285, but that information will no doubt become clearer closer to the launch. The Hawaii HX has a mild overclock, but a significant boost in memory speed, as well as a move from 4GB to 8GB of VRAM; the same goes for the Hawaii Pro.

Check out this list of expected 300 series cards below. It’s incomplete, but given that many of the cards aren’t confirmed yet, only rumoured and leaked, there’s still plenty more information to discover.

Personally, I’m happy to see the better picks from the current range get a boost, as they offer some great price vs performance ratios, while the bump in VRAM will help push 4K gaming into the mainstream. However, I’m personally sitting and waiting for the higher-end all-new cards with HBM, such as the R9 380X and 390X.

Thank you VideoCardz for providing us with this information.

Sapphire R9 285 “Tonga” ITX Compact Edition Graphics Card Winner!

It’s that awesome time of the week again where once again I get to make one of you incredibly happy, and with a shiny Sapphire R9 285 Tonga graphics card to play around with, who wouldn’t be! The Tonga is a great card for a compact gaming rig or HTPC and it’s one of the funkiest little cards on the market.

First of all, a massive thank you to Sapphire for helping us organise and give away this awesome prize, but most of all, congratulations to…

 Mark Adams of Shropshire

Don’t feel too bad if you didn’t win this time around, we’ve got a LOT of great prizes coming to the site very soon and several other great competitions currently running which you can enter here. Keep those entries coming in and good luck to all!

AMD Slashes R9 280 & R9 290 Cards

AMD’s R9 290X

AMD have always strived to offer great value for money and their price vs performance ratios have always proven to be a thorn in the side of Nvidia. While Nvidia may be plowing through the industry with a few higher performance cards, AMD are dropping their prices on higher performance products to better compete with Nvidia in their respective price ranges.

While some may say this is AMD trying to keep up, I say “who cares!”, fact is that as a consumer, we’re the ones who win in this graphics card battle and with AMD now dropping the prices of their R9 290 and R9 280 series graphics cards even further, despite the fact they lowered them just last month! It’s never been a better time to buy an AMD card.

The Radeon R9 290X is down from $449 to $399, a far cry from the $549 starting price when the card was launched. The standard Radeon R9 290 is down from its $399 launch price to a very reasonable $299; that’s right, a 290 is now less than $300!

The R9 280X is down to just $270, only $30 short of the 290, but the cards are quite close in terms of performance. One of the best discounts is that the recently launched R9 285 “Tonga” is now down to just $229, putting it within $10 of the GTX 760 price.

There are now a wide range of very high performance cards available for around $300 and with the GeForce GTX 970 available for $329, high-end PC gaming has never been so affordable.

Thank you WCCFTech for providing us with this information.

AMD “Tonga” Features a 384-bit Memory Interface

New information about the Tonga memory interface, surely this is news from weeks ago? You would think so, as we already know that the current AMD Radeon R9 285 graphics cards run via a 256-bit wide memory interface, but the actual silicon is hiding its true potential; the GDDR5 memory interface on Tonga is actually 384-bit wide, not 256.

The Tonga silicon is larger than that of Tahiti and this hidden wider interface goes a long way to explaining why. The chip die of the R9 285 is placed on a package that features just 256 pins, but there is no reason why the hardware can’t be set on a bigger package with more pins, allowing access to the full width of the memory bus.

This means that the next Tonga hardware from AMD will be able to re-use a lot of the same hardware, but at the same time it’ll be able to use 50% more memory bandwidth vs that of the current R9 285 hardware.

thank you PC Watch for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of PC Watch.

AMD Shoot Down R9 285X Rumour

Ever since the launch of the AMD R9 285 Tonga graphics card, there has been plenty of rumour that AMD would soon be launching another card in the series; the R9 285X. It was long suspected that the new card would feature 2048 SPs, a 384-bit bus and 3GB of GDD5 VRAM.

Unfortunately, a quick question on Twitter was quickly shot down by AMD, so for all it matters now the R9 285X may as well have featured 12GB of GDDR5 and have been powered by fairy dust.

Has the card gone completely or is AMD throwing a curve ball to make people focus on their current range of cards? Who knows, it wouldn’t be the first time a massive corporation has told a white lie to help their sales, but until some more solid information leaks about the next AMD graphics cards, I’m going to assume the 285X is no longer on the roadmap.

Thank you Computerbase for providing us with this information.

Sapphire R9 285 2GB ITX Compact OC Edition Graphics Card Review


The popularity of compact graphics cards for small form factor systems has risen in recent years. This is mainly due to AMD and Nvidia making great strides in power and thermal efficiency which allows for more performance in smaller packages. The fact mini-ITX and micro-ATX cases have been popularised by a swath of releases from BitFenix, Corsair, Cooler Master and others also helped this trend. Before the release of Tonga AMD’s R9 270X was the fastest mini-ITX sized graphics card available while Nvidia’s GTX 760 was their fastest. With Tonga that’s set to change as we can now find much more AMD performance – in fact the R9 285 outpaces the GTX 760 so we should have a new mini-ITX graphics card winner on our hands. Sapphire’s ITX Compact OC Edition R9 285 is designed with small form factor users in mind measuring in at just 17.5 cm long yet still featuring a fully fledged R9 285 GPU with a 10 MHz factory overclock – not much but proof that Sapphire’s cooling solution has what it takes. Let’s take a detailed look at the key specifications:


Packaging and Accessories

Sapphire’s packaging has one of their typical dramatic looking robotic characters at the front. Sapphire have opted for a UEFI BIOS and legacy BIOS with this product, you can pick which suits you best.

Around the back Sapphire detail some of the key features of the product, most of which are AMD specifics like TrueAudio support and GCN architecture.

The accessory pack is fairly chunky by Sapphire’s normal standards. They include a variety of documentation, a driver/utility CD and a mousemat.

Sapphire also provide a 1.8m HDMI cable, a mini DisplayPort to full sized DisplayPort adapter, a DVI to VGA adapter and a dual 6 pin to 8 pin adapter.

Now let’s move onto the card itself!

Sapphire Dual-X AMD R9 285 “Tonga” 2GB Graphics Card Review


After much anticipation and speculation we can finally present our review of AMD’s new “Tonga” based graphics card. Today we are reviewing Tonga Pro, that’s the first iteration of Tonga, which forms the R9 285 graphics card. It is expected that a Tonga XT variant will arrive at a later date to form the R9 285X. We’ve already known the specifications of the R9 285 for a while since AMD officially revealed them a few weeks back, but let’s go over them again:

On paper the R9 285 should be very similar in performance to AMD’s R9 280 and as a result it should be faster than Nvidia’s GTX 760 given the fact AMD’s R9 280 was. At $250 MSRP the R9 285 is a direct competitor to the Nvidia GTX 760 – AMD’s marketing campaign for the R9 285 is spearheaded by the fact it beats the GTX 760. At $250 it is also a direct competitor to the R9 280, especially as it offers similar performance. I wouldn’t be surprised if AMD allows them both to co-exist at the same price point because they do offer slightly different things. The R9 280 offers more memory but the R9 285 better power efficiency, while the two trade blows on performance depending on the type of game or applications. Things get a bit confusing though when we start looking at actual retail pricing instead of MSRPs – AMD’s R9 280 can be had for as low as $210 so at that price the R9 285 starts to look a bit expensive at $250.

AMD sent us Sapphire’s R9 285 Dual-X 2GB graphics card for review. This card comes factory overclocked from the 918MHz stock speed to 965MHz on the core, and from the 5500MHz on the memory to 5600MHz on the memory. It also comes equipped with Sapphire’s custom Dual-X cooling solution so it will perform better than a “reference” R9 285 graphics card.

AMD’s R9 285 is position below the R9 280X but above the R9 270X, it does appear AMD wants to replace the R9 280 with the R9 285 – although we are awaiting confirmation on this – we can now confirm the R9 285 makes the R9 280 End-Of-Life (EOL).

AMD claims that the R9 285 offers the best of both the R9 290 series and the R9 280 series. By this they mean it has all the performance of an R9 280 series card but it also has all the updated features of the new R9 290 series such as built in H.264 decoding, FreeSync support, the AMD TrueAudio DSP and the bridge-less XDMA CrossFire feature.

Powercolor’s R9 285 TurboDuo “Tonga Pro” Graphics Card Is Revealed

AMD’s Tonga Pro R9 285 is just around the corner, September 2nd to be exact, and so far we’ve seen a compact mini-ITX version from Sapphire as well as a STRIX version from ASUS. Now it is Powercolor’s turn for the spotlight with their TurboDuo R9 285. Powercolor’s card features their dual slot cooling solution with two “double-bladed” fans: that’s smaller blades at the centre and larger ones at the edge. A modest factory overclock takes the core from the stock 918 to 945MHz and the 2GB of GDDR5 memory retains the stock 5.5GHz speed.

Two 6 pin power connectors provide power to the R9 285 GPU core which has 1792 GCN cores, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs and a 256 bit memroy interface.

The Powercolor R9 285 TurboDuo will probably stick to reference pricing of $250 and will be available in early September.

Source: TechPowerUp

Images courtesy of Powercolor

ASUS Preparing STRIX Variant of AMD R9 285 “Tonga” GPU

The idea behind the ASUS STRIX range is that it can operate silently up until 65 degrees and then after that the fans will spin up. For that reason ASUS has only equipped it to power efficient GPUs, unsurprisingly that meant the GTX 780 saw a STRIX variant and the best AMD card that saw one was the R9 280 – anything above that is too hot-running for the STRIX cooler to be effective. With the R9 285 being released ASUS now has another STRIX variant up its sleeves thanks to the improved power efficiency of Tonga.

The star of the show is the ASUS STRIX cooling solution which features a hybrid fan mode, like you’ll see on many power supplies. The basic logic is that sub-65 degrees celsius the fans do not spin, after that they kick in with a pretty standard fan profile. The core of the cooling design is a DirectCU II implementation: a dense aluminium heatsink array supplemented by direct contact copper heat pipes and a pair of what appear to be 80mm fans. 

As the box denotes ASUS have factory overclocked the card, although by how much is anyone’s guess. This ASUS STRIX R9 285 graphics card will offer 2GB of GDDR5 although we may see a 4GB variant later down the line. Expect pricing to command a 10% or more premium over the R9 285 MSRP of $249.99. Availability will be from September 2nd – that’s 1 week tomorrow.

Source: VideoCardz

Images courtesy of VideoCardz

AMD Announce R9 285 “Tonga Pro” At Celebratory Event

During the “30 Years of Graphics and Gaming Commemoration” event AMD officially announced the presence of the R9 285 graphics card. AMD claims the R9 285 GPU will be their most power efficient GPU yet, although the tech-specs are still under-wraps until its official release which is rumoured for September 2nd. The AMD R9 285 is rumoured to have 2GB or 4GB of GDDR5 memory over a 256 bit memory interface. The R9 285 is based on the Tonga Pro silicon and there will also be an R9 285X Tonga XT variant. The R9 285 Tonga Pro features 1792 GCN cores while the R9 285X gets 2048.

AMD claims all its partners will be unveiling R9 285 products on launch day. Pricing, clock speeds and other details are still all to be confirmed but you can stay on top of all our R9 285 coverage right here. During their live stream event AMD revealed the ASUS STRIX R9 285, pictured at the top, which they auctioned off on eBay with the proceeds going to the charity “Child’s Play”.

Source: WCCFTech

Images courtesy of AMD

Rumour: AMD R9 285 Launches September 2nd, Announcement 23rd August

The rumour mill has spun up once again to give us some more information about AMD’s R9 285 graphics card. The new GPU from AMD which is to be based on the Tonga silicon will reportedly get launched on September 2nd. The R9 285, or Tonga Pro, will be launched first and then R9 285X, Tonga XT, will launch later in September. But fear not, you won’t have to wait until September 2nd to see if this rumour is true because it is reported that an announcement will be made about the product as soon as August 23rd.

What should we expect with Tonga and its two variants? Well current speculation suggests it will be AMD’s most power efficient GPU design yet, to ease concerns that Nvidia’s Maxwell will be able to trump AMD’s offerings – AMD is expected to reveal that this isn’t the case. At the live event on August 23rd AMD could also have some Direct X 12 and Mantle related announcements ready, but for now we are more interested in the fact the R9 285 will be in the mix.

For those who can’t remember the R9 285 is expected to have the following specs: 1792 stream processors based on the GCN 1.1 design, 32 ROPs, 112 TMUs, a 256 bit memory bus, 2GB or 4GB of GDDR5 memory, a TrueAudio DSP and CrossFire XDMA support. The expected TDP is just 150W which is incredibly efficient given the slower R9 280 has a 200W TDP, and the R9 280X has a 250W TDP. The R9 285 and R9 285X are designed to challenge Nvidia’s upcoming higher-end Maxwell parts by offering competitive pricing and vastly improved power efficiency.

Source: WCCFTech

Image courtesy of Videocardz


AMD “Tonga” Block Diagram Reveals R9 285 Specifications

Just a few days ago pictures of upcoming AMD R9 285 graphics cards were leaked into the press, such as the Sapphire R9 285 pictured above, but at that stage we were still unsure as to what the key specifications of AMD’s R9 285 were supposed to be. Well, we do know that the AMD R9 285 is going to be based on the new “Tonga” silicon and now we have information about what Tonga is made up of. The block diagram for Tonga, which you can see below, was released with the launch of AMD’s new FirePro W7100 graphics card.

There are rumoured to be two SKUs of the Tonga silicon, one SKU will make use of all 32 Compute Units (CUs) and the other will make use of 28 CUs, meaning four CUs are disabled on that one. AMD’s FirePro W7100 is based on the cut-down Tonga SKU that has 28 CUs. The 28 CU version is now being dubbed “Tonga PRO” while the 32 CU version is “Tonga XT” and is expected to launch at a later date. If rumours are to be believed AMD’s R9 285 will be based on Tonga PRO and an R9 285X will arrive later on with Tonga XT.

The R9 285 is confirmed to have the following specifications so far: 1792 stream processors, 32 ROPs, a 256 bit memory bus, 2GB of GDDR5 memory, a TrueAudio DSP and CrossFire XDMA support. Expect more information about the R9 285 to arrive as we edge closer to the expected launch this month.

Source: Hardware.fr, Via: TechPowerUp

Image #1 courtesy of VideoCardz, Image #2 courtesy of Hardware.fr

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.7.9 Released

TechPowerUp has just release the latest version of their GPU-Z, thep popular PC graphics information, monitoring and diagnostics utility that helps you with up to date information on your installed graphics hardware. The new version adds support for several new GPU’s and fixed various bugs.

The list of newly supported GPU’s starts with the new AMD “Tonga”  GPU we showed you images of earlier today in for of the Radeon R9 285. But also the Radeon R9 M275X, FirePro W5100, W9100; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 6 GB, GTX 860M, GT 830M, GTX 780M, GT 740, GT 730, GT 720, Quadro NVS 510, FX 380M, GRID K520 and Tesla K40c are supported in the new version.

Bug fixes include correct release date for Radeon R9 290, more robust NVIDIA PhysX detection, improved fan-speed monitoring on some newer AMD cards, sensor graph overflow/underflow as well as a fixed French translation.

The new version is available free for download now and can be had in the normal plain version or as ASUS ROG themed for the extra bit of spice. Time to upgrade?, just head over to and download the new version.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

AMD R9 280X, R9 280 and R9 270X Price Cuts Come Into Effect

We heard last week that AMD would be slashing prices on its mid-range GPUs to make way for its new Tonga GPU and now this has started to come into effect. AMD is lowering the pricing of the R9 280X and everything below it in their product stack. The first vendor to implement the price cuts is HIS who have been price cutting on their R9 and R7 series graphics cards. On Newegg HIS have knocked off $20 from the price of their R9 280 and R9 280X graphics cards and in Europe they have done something similar with many R7 series graphics cards. Other manufacturers are expected to follow suit in the coming week or so. The price cuts should see the R9 280X drop to around $280 and the R9 280 to around $230. We also believe the other cards below will get assigned new MSRPs. The R9 270X should drop in price to around $180, the R9 270 to around $160 and so on. A few examples of these price cuts are as follows:

  • Sapphire R9 280 – $220
  • HIS R9 280 – $220
  • VisionTek R9 270X – $180
  • MSI R9 270X – $180

The new round of price cuts should leave a sizeable gap between the R9 280X ($280) and the R9 290 ($400) which gives AMD room to slot in their new Tonga based graphics card. Based on the price gap AMD is leaving we should expect it to MSRP around $350.

Source: WCCFTech

Image courtesy of AMD


AMD Will Cut R9 280X and 280 Prices For New “Tonga” GPU Launch

We’ve already heard some new details about AMD’s Tonga GPU and now it emerges that the new graphics chip from AMD could force prices of existing Tahiti based graphics cards down. The R9 280X is AMD’s current $300 offering while the R9 280 is $250. With a round of price cuts after the arrival of the Tonga GPU we could expect to see the R9 280 drop to around $230 and the R9 280X to around $270. The Tonga based graphics card would then slot in above the R9 280X and fetch a $300-330 price tag, depending on its final performance. Such price drops would allow AMD’s R9 280 and R9 280X to better compete with Nvidia equivalents while the new Tonga graphics card should give AMD an edge over Nvidia’s GTX 770 and maybe even force Nvidia to fight back with some price cuts of their own.

For a quick recap Tonga should be based on the new GCN 2.0 design and based on the current 28nm processor. All the improvements of the current generation such as Mantle, TrueAudio and XDMA CrossFire support should be included. The card is yet to have its specifications disclosed but it should have more stream processors than the R9 280X but less than the R9 290, according to general rumours the expected availability is as early as next month.

Source: Sweclockers

Image courtesy of AMD

New AMD Tonga GPU Coming Next Month

AMD are preparing to launch a new 28nm GPU next month in a bid to counteract Nvidia’s popular GeForce GTX 760 series. Codenamed Tonga the new GPU will be replacing the much loved, but ageing Tahiti Pro hardware. AMD have already got a competitor for the GTX 760 with their R9 280, but Nvidia have them beat in terms of power consumption and heat, and while cards such as the R9 270X offer similar power and heat levels, it’s a slower card than the Nvidia offerings and this is something we expect AMD will be looking to address.

If AMD can reduce power consumption and cost whilst offering similar levels of performance, then they could be onto a winner with Tonga. With the 28nm Tonga hardware expected to feature 2048 GCN2 stream processors, 128 TMUs, 32 ROPs and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 interface it’s certainly no slouch.

The card does feature a narrower memory bus, but with an increased stream processor count and likely higher clock speeds it should be able to balance that out nicely. Stay tuned for more information.

Thank you TechPowerUp for Providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of TechPowerUp.

Breaking News: AMD Tonga GPU Details Revealed

The team over at Videocardz.com have gotten hold of some very exciting information about the next set of hardware from the red camp. AMD’s new GPU hardware is set to be called Tonga, part of their ever popular volcanic island series, following on from Hawaii and Vesuvius.

There have been rumours about Tonga hardware before, when the name leaked in a beta driver alongside the Hawaii and Vesuvious hardware. However, nothing has been heard since, until now of course. Previous rumours pointed towards a new flagship model, but with the 295×2 now out in the wild, that seems unlikely, especially given that AMD currently lead the performance market with that card. The new card will be for the general consumer, a mid-budget range of cards that you won’t need to print money to be able to afford.

The card isn’t hugely innovative, so don’t expect 20nm fabrication or high bandwidth memory, in fact the reference design will have an upper limit of just 2GB GDDR5, but perhaps AMD partners can take things to the next level after its release. The card looks like another tweak on the current GCN hardware, bringing better power efficiency, more performance as well as popular AMD technologies such as Mantle, TrueAudio and hopefully XDMA CrossFire.

The card looks set to compete with the Nvidia Maxwell GM107 hardware and after a ferocious battle for flagship GPU’s over the last few months it will be nice to see AMD play a mid range blow to the market. Computex is just weeks away now, so fingers crossed for even more details, but GPU releases are never far away, so expect to see hardware on the market in around three months time.

Thank you Videocardz for providing us with this information.

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New AMD “Volcanic Islands” And “Pirate Islands” GPUs Revealed

AMD’s next generation GPUs have been detailed and we now know they will be called Volcanic Islands and Pirate Islands. Volcanic Islands is the high end GPU stack of the next generation and features the high end single and dual GPU configurations.

The highest end part is dubbed Hawaii followed by Maui and Tonga. AMD will debut the HD 9000 series Volcanic Islands GPUs in Q4 of 2013 and TSMCs 20nm node process is expected to be at the heart of these new GPUs – though this is not confirmed. We do know that we will will definitely see GCN 2.0 and Direct X 11.1.

AMD will then succeed “Volcanic Islands” GPUs with “Pirate Islands” GPUs at some stage after in late 2014 or early 2015. These will be made up of Bermuda, Fiji and Treasure Island GPUs and will definitely be based on the 20nm node.

According to the report, AMD might ditch the HD XXXX naming convention and use a Radeon 1xxx Rx naming system. The next series would then be called Radeon 2xxx Rx, and so on. It is not known if this is a simple replacement of the HD prefix, so R10-9970/9970-R10 for example, or if AMD could opt for new naming structures using the RX pre-fix to denote market segmentation. This would be similar to their APUs where A10 represents the best and A4 the worst.

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