Upcoming AMD GPUs are mostly rebrands, except two

AMD is all set to launch their next generation of graphics cards later today in Hawaii. And with the launch time getting close, more information has started pouring in. A latest piece of information that came to us tells that the upcoming Radeon R9 280X is basically a rebranded version of the Radeon HD 7970 GHz edition from the last generation. If this is true, then the R9 280X will be featuring the aging Tahiti XT core with 2048 stream processors, 128 TMUs and 28 ROPs. And most possibly, the 3GB GDDR5 memory with 384-bit interface will also be inherited in its original form from the 7970 GHz edition. However, it’ll have slightly higher clocks. The Radeon R9 280X will be competing with the GeForce GTX 770.

Furthermore, the R9 280X and most of the new graphics cards will be rebrands of the old ones with only R9 290X being the new one which will not be a volume product. It’ll be more like an enthusiast product or an engineering showcase. According to recent leaked benchmarks, it’ll be as fast as the GTX Titan and as our sources say, it’ll be priced similarly.

Additionally, there might (might is the keyword here!) be another R9 series card which will go against the GTX 780 both in terms of price and performance.



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