AMD Radeon Rx 200 Series

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AMD Radeon R9/R7/R5 200 Series
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Release date

Announced: September 25, 2013

Released: Oct 8, 2013
Codename(s) Volcanic Islands
Entry-level cards Radeon R5 210
Radeon R5 220
Radeon R5 230
Radeon R5 235
Radeon R5 235X
Mid-range cards Radeon R7 240
Radeon R7 250
Radeon R7 250X
Radeon R7 260
Radeon R7 260X
Radeon R7 265
High-end cards Radeon R9 270
Radeon R9 270X
Radeon R9 280
Enthusiast cards Radeon R9 280X
Radeon R9 290
Radeon R9 290X
Radeon R9 295X2
Direct3D support Direct3D 11.2
Shader Model 5.0
OpenCL support OpenCL 1.2
OpenGL support OpenGL 4.3
Predecessor Radeon HD 7000 Series
Radeon HD 8000 Series
Successor Pirates Islands (GPU family)[1]

The Rx 200 series is a family of GPUs developed by AMD, with the rumored codename "Volcanic Islands", which will succeed the Sea Islands line. A "preview" was seen on September 25, 2013.[1][2][3] The Volcanic Islands GPUs will be manufactured on a 28 nm Gate-Last process through TSMC or Common Platform Alliance.[4]

The 2015 "Islands" family of GPUs will be Volcanic Islands' successor, Pirates Islands.[5]

Release[edit]

The Rx 200 series was announced on September 25, 2013, at the AMD GPU14 Tech Day event.[6] Non-disclosure agreements were lifted on October 15, except for the R9 290x, and pre-orders opened on October 3.[7]

Architecture[edit]

Revised Graphics Core Next, or GCN 1.1, on R7 260, R7 260X, R9 290, and R9 290X.

Use in cryptocurrency mining[edit]

Current Radeon GPUs perform better in cryptocurrency mining than their Nvidia Geforce counterparts. This has led to limited supply and huge price increases.[8][9]

Products[edit]

Radeon R9 295X2[edit]

The Radeon R9 295X2 is an upcoming product, to be released on April 21, 2014. It is a dual GPU card. It will be shipped in a metal case. It is the first reference card to utilize a closed looped liquid cooler.[10][11] The performance of the card is expected to be the fastest consumer-oriented card in the world.[citation needed]

Radeon R9 290[edit]

The Radeon R9 290 and R9 290X were announced on September 25, 2013.[12][13] The R9 290 is based on AMD's Hawaii Pro chip and R9 290X on Hawaii XT. R9 290 and R9 290X will support AMD's TrueAudio, Mantle, Direct3D 11.2, and bridge-free Crossfire technology using XDMA. A limited "Battlefield 4 Edition" pre-order bundle of R9 290X that includes Battlefield 4 was available on October 3, 2013, with reported quantity being 8,000. The R9 290X features 2816 Stream Processors, 176 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 512-bit wide buses, 44 compute units and 8 ACE units. The R9 290X has a launch price of $549. The R9 290 had a launch price of $399.

Radeon R9 280[edit]

Radeon R9 280X was announced on September 25, 2013. With a launch price of $299, it is based on the Tahiti XTL chip, being a slightly upgraded, rebranded Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. Radeon R9 280 was announced on March 4, 2014. With a launch MSRP set at $275, it is based on a rebranded Radeon HD 7950.

Radeon R9 270[edit]

Radeon R9 270X was announced on September 25, 2013. With a launch price of $199, it is based on the Curacao XT chip, speculated to be faster than a Radeon HD 7870 Ghz edition. Radeon R9 270 has a launch price of $179.

Radeon R7 265[edit]

Radeon R7 265 was announced on February 13, 2014. With a launch price of $149, it is based on 28nm Curacao chip and features 1024 stream processors, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPs coupled with 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 256-bit memory bus.

Radeon R7 260[edit]

Radeon R7 260X was announced on September 25, 2013. With a launch price of $139, it is based on the Bonaire XTX chip, a faster iteration of Bonaire XT that the Radeon HD 7790 is based on. It will have 2 GB of GDDR5 memory as standard and will also feature TrueAudio, on-chip audio DSP based on Tensilica HiFi EP architecture.[14][15]

Radeon R7 250[edit]

Radeon R7 250 was announced on September 25, 2013. It has a launch price of $89.[14]

Chipset table[edit]

  • 1 Unified Shaders : Texture Mapping Units : Render Output Units
  • 2 Pixel fillrate is calculated as the number of ROPs multiplied by the base core clock speed.
  • 3 Texture fillrate is calculated as the number of TMUs multiplied by the base core clock speed.
  • 4 Single precision performance is calculated as 2 times the number of shaders multiplied by the base core clock speed.
  • 5 Double precision performance of Hawaii is 1/2 ([16]) or 1/8 of single precision performance,[17] Tahiti is 1/4 of single precision performance, others 28 nm chip is 1/16 of single precision performance.
  • 6 Base clock of R9 290 and R9 290X will maintain at 947 MHz and 1000 MHz before reaching 95℃, respectively.[18]
Model Launch Codename Fab (nm) Transistors (Million) Die Size (mm2) Bus interface Memory (MiB) Clock rate Config core1 Fillrate Memory Processing Power
GFLOPS
TDP (W) GFLOPS/W Single Precision API support (version) True Audio Release Price (USD)
Core (MHz) Boost (MHz) Memory (MHz) Pixel (GP/s)2 Texture (GT/s)3 Bus width (bit) Bus type Bandwidth (GB/s) Single Precision4 Double Precision5 Idle Max. DirectX OpenGL OpenCL Mantle
Radeon R5 210 Unknown Cedar 40 292 59 PCIe 2.0 ×16 256 400 Unknown 450 (Effective 900) 80:8:4 1.6 3.2 64 DDR3 7.2 64 No Unknown 19 3.4 11.0 4.3 1.2 No No Unknown
Radeon R5 220 Unknown Caicos PRO-L 40 370 67 PCIe 2.0 ×16 1024 625 650 533 (Effective 1066) 160:8:4 2.5 5 64 DDR3 8.53 200 No Unknown 18 11.1 11.0 3.2 1.2 No No Unknown
Radeon R5 230 Apr 3, 2014[19] Caicos 40 370 67 PCIe 2.0 ×16 1024
2048
625[20] N/A 533 (Effective 1066) 160:8:4 2.5 5 64 DDR3 8.53 200 No Unknown 19[21] 8 11.0 4.3 1.2 No No Unknown
Radeon R5 235 Unknown Caicos XT 40 370 67 PCIe 2.0 ×16 1024 775 Unknown 900 (Effective 1800) 160:8:4 3.1 6.2 64 DDR3 14.4 248 No Unknown 35 7.1 11.0 4.1 1.2 No No Unknown
Radeon R5 235X Unknown Caicos XT 40 370 67 PCIe 2.1 ×16 1024 875 Unknown 900 (Effective 1800) 160:8:4 3.5 7.0 64 DDR3 14.4 280 No Unknown 18 15.6 11.0 4.1 1.2 No No Unknown
Radeon R5 240 Unknown Oland 28 1040 90 PCIe 3.0 ×16 2048 730 780 900 (Effective 1800) 320:20:8 5.84 14.6 128 DDR3
GDDR5
22.8
57.6
467.2 Unknown Unknown 50 9.3 11.2 4.3 1.2 Yes No Unknown
Radeon R7 240 Oct 8, 2013 Oland PRO 28 1040 90 PCIe 3.0 ×16 2048 730 780 900 (Effective 1800)
1125 (Effective 4500)
320:20:8 5.84 14.6 128 DDR3
GDDR5
28.8
72
467.2
499.2
29.2 Unknown 30 15.6 11.2 4.3 1.2 Yes[22] No $69
Radeon R7 250 Oct 8, 2013 Oland XT 28 1040 90 PCIe 3.0 ×16 2048 1000 1050 1150 (Effective 4600) 384:24:8 8 24 128 DDR3
GDDR5
73.6 768
806.4
48 Unknown 65 11.8 11.2 4.3 1.2 Yes No $89
Radeon R7 250X Feb 10, 2014 Cape Verde XT 28 1500 123 PCIe 3.0 ×16 1024
2048
1000 N/A 1125 (Effective 4500) 640:40:16 16 40 128 GDDR5 72 1280 80 Unknown 95 13.5 11.2 4.3 1.2 Yes No $99
Radeon R7 260 Dec 17, 2013 Bonaire 28 2080 160 PCIe 3.0 ×16 1024 1000 N/A 1500 (Effective 6000) 768:48:16 16 48 128 GDDR5 96 1536 96 Unknown 95 16.2 11.2 4.3 1.2 Yes Yes[23] $109
Radeon R7 260X Oct 8, 2013 Bonaire XTX 28 2080 160 PCIe 3.0 ×16 2048
4096
1100 N/A 1625 (Effective 6500) 896:56:16 17.6 61.6 128 GDDR5 104 1971.2 123.2 Unknown 115 17.1 11.2 4.3 1.2 Yes Yes[24] $139
Radeon R7 265 2014 Pitcairn PRO 28 2800 212 PCIe 3.0 ×16 2048 900 925 1400 (Effective 5600) 1024:64:32 28.8 57.6 256 GDDR5 179.2 1843.2 115.2 Unknown 150 12.3 11.2 4.3 1.2 Yes No $149
Radeon R9 270 Nov 13, 2013 Curacao PRO 28 2800 212 PCIe 3.0 ×16 2048 900 925 1400 (Effective 5600) 1280:80:32 28.8 72 256 GDDR5 179.2 2304
2368
144
148
Unknown 150 15.4 11.2 4.3 1.2 Yes No $179
Radeon R9 270X Oct 8, 2013 Curacao XT 28 2800 212 PCIe 3.0 ×16 2048
4096
1000 1050 1400 (Effective 5600) 1280:80:32 32 80 256 GDDR5 179.2 2560
2688
160
168
Unknown 180 14.2 11.2 4.3 1.2 Yes No $199
Radeon R9 280 Mar 4, 2014 Tahiti PRO 28 4313 352 PCIe 3.0 ×16 3072 827 933 1250 (Effective 5000) 1792:112:32 26.5 92.6 384 GDDR5 240 2964
3343.9
741
836
Unknown 250 11.9 11.2 4.3 1.2 Yes No $279
Radeon R9 280X Oct 8, 2013 Tahiti XT2
Tahiti XTL[25]
28 4313 352 PCIe 3.0 ×16 3072 850 1000 1500 (Effective 6000) 2048:128:32 27.2 109 384 GDDR5 288 3481.6
4096
870.4
1024
Unknown 250 13.9 11.2 4.3 1.2 Yes No $299
Radeon R9 290 Nov 5, 2013 Hawaii PRO 28 6200[26] 438 PCIe 3.0 ×16 4096 up to 9476 N/A 1250 (Effective 5000) 2560:160:64 60.608 151.52 512 GDDR5 320 4848.6 606.1 Unknown 250 19.4 11.2 4.3 1.2 Yes Yes $399
Radeon R9 290X Oct 24, 2013 Hawaii XT 28 6200[26] 438 PCIe 3.0 ×16 4096 up to 10006 N/A 1250 (Effective 5000) 2816:176:64 64 176 512 GDDR5 320 5632 704 Unknown 250 22.5 11.2 4.3 1.2 Yes Yes $549
Radeon R9 295X2 [27] Apr 8, 2014 Vesuvius 28 2x 6200 2x 438 PCIe 3.0 ×16 2x 4096 1018 N/A 1250 (Effective 5000) 2x 2816:176:64 2x 65.152 2x 179.168 2x 512 GDDR5 2x 320 11466.752 1433.344 Unknown 500 22.9 11.2 4.3 1.2 Yes Yes $1499
Model Launch Codename Fab (nm) Transistors (Million) Die Size (mm2) Bus interface Memory (MiB) Clock rate Config core1 Fillrate Memory Processing Power
GFLOPS
TDP (W) GFLOPS/W Single Precision API support (version) True Audio Release Price (USD)
Core (MHz) Boost (MHz) Memory (MHz) Pixel (GP/s)2 Texture (GT/s)3 Bus width (bit) Bus type Bandwidth (GB/s) Single Precision4 Double Precision5 Idle Max. DirectX OpenGL OpenCL Mantle

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Iyer, Tarun (July 4, 2013). "Report: AMD's Volcanic Islands GPUs Launching in October Without HD 8000 Branding". tomshardware.com. tom's Hardware. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ AMD's Next Generation Volcanic Islands GPUs Possibly Launching in October - May Not Be Branded As HD 8000 Series
  3. ^ AMD Updates 2014-2015 Product Roadmap [UPDATED]
  4. ^ AMD Launches Next Generation Volcanic Islands (VI) GPUs in 2014 - Successor to Sea Islands
  5. ^ Heading Straight for AMD's Sea Islands, Volcanic Islands and Pirates Islands - X-bit labs
  6. ^ AnandTech Portal AMD Announces Next Generation Radeon R7 and R9 Video Cards
  7. ^ Launch Date Revealed for AMD Radeon R9 290X Hawaii Graphics Card
  8. ^ AnandTech Portal | Radeon R9 290X Retail Prices Hit $900
  9. ^ AMD graphics card pricing skyrockets due to cryptocurrency mining, could kill AMD’s gaming efforts | ExtremeTech
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  12. ^ "What to expect from GPU14 event in Hawaii". Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  13. ^ AMD GPU Lineup Announced R9 and R7 Series PC Perspective
  14. ^ a b "AMD Releases R7 Series Graphics Cards With AMD Radeon R7 240, AMD Radeon R7 250 and AMD Radeon R7 260X GPUs". Advanced Micro Devices. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  15. ^ Ung, Gordon Mah (8 October 2013). "Everything You Wanted to Know About AMD’s New TrueAudio Technology". maximumpc. Retrieved 25 October 2013. 
  16. ^ [3]Radeon FirePro W9100
  17. ^ Radeon R9 290X Review AMD's Back In Ultra-High-End Gaming "We've also come to learn that AMD changed the double-precision rate from 1/4 to 1/8 on the R9 290X, yielding a maximum .7 TFLOPS. The FirePro version of this configuration will support full-speed (1/2 rate) DP compute, giving professional users an incentive to spring for Hawaii's professional implementation."
  18. ^ AMD Radeon R9 290 Review Fast And $400, But Is It Consistent - Digging Deeper Into Hawaii’s Behavior
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  21. ^ http://www.cpu-world.com/news_2014/2014040401_AMD_Launches_Radeon_R5_230_For_Retail_Market.html
  22. ^ AnandTech Portal Understanding AMD’s Mantle A Low-Level Graphics API For GCN
  23. ^ AMD Radeon R7 260 1GB Video Card Review - Legit ReviewsAMD Cuts Bonaire GPU Features To Get The Price To $109
  24. ^ R7 260X TrueAudio’s First Outing On The Back Of Bonaire - AMD Radeon R9 280X, R9 270X, And R7 260X Old GPUs, New Names
  25. ^ AMD Preparing Tahiti XTL Revision of Radeon R9 280X Graphic Card For November Release
  26. ^ a b AnandTech Portal | The AMD Radeon R9 290X Review
  27. ^ http://www.kitguru.net/components/graphic-cards/anton-shilov/amd-radeon-r9-295-x2-final-specs-revealed-card-may-not-fit-all-pc-cases/

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