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AMD’s Next-gen is (Mostly) Here: R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X & R7 250

Posted on October 8, 2013 12:28 PM by Rob Williams
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It’s that time of year again – no, not the fall, but rather the time for a fresh GPU launch. This one comes courtesy of AMD, with its first GPUs in quite some time to not use an “HD” moniker. Today’s launch is more of an evolutionary one, being that the GPUs are based on the same silicon as the last-generation cards, but AMD has brought forth some performance boosts and other niceties to sweeten the deal.

We’re running a bit behind on our launch article, but anticipate having a look at the R9 280X posted later today. AMD inundated us at an inopportune time, especially since we just revised our GPU test suite to include 8 games and 4 different resolutions for mainstream cards and higher. Delayed, but hopefully worth the wait.

AMD Radeon R9 280X

Here’s a brief look at AMD’s current-gen lineup:

AMD Radeon Cores Core MHz Memory Mem MHz Mem Bus TDP Price
R9 290X ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
R9 290 ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???
R9 280X 2048 <1000 3072MB 6000 384-bit 250W $299
R9 270X 1280 <1050 2048MB 5600 256-bit 180W $199
R7 260X 896 <1100 2048MB 6500 128-bit 115W $139
R7 250 384 <1050 1024MB 4600 128-bit 65W $???

The 290 and 290X fall into a separate launch window, so the specs for either are being kept under wraps for the time-being. I can say that they are worth waiting for though, as they bring along a small surprise.

As I am soon to get to writing our look at the 280X, I won’t go into great detail in this post, but did want to get something up to show that we’re alive and well. After our 280X look goes live, we’ll later in the week tackle the 270X and 260X, and past that, we’ll dive into third-party cards. Thanks to all of this benchmarking, I’m finally getting caught up on Breaking Bad, so big kudos to AMD for that.


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