AMD Radeon Rx 200 series

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This article is about the GPU series announced in 2013. For the similarly named series, released in 2001 by ATI, see R200.
AMD Radeon R9/R7/R5 200 Series
AMD Radeon graphics logo
Release date Announced: September 25, 2013
Released: October 8, 2013
Codename Southern Islands
Sea Islands
Volcanic Islands
Cards
Entry-level Radeon R5 210
Radeon R5 220
Radeon R5 230
Radeon R5 235
Radeon R5 235X
Mid-range Radeon R7 240
Radeon R7 250
Radeon R7 250X
Radeon R7 260
Radeon R7 260X
Radeon R7 265
High-end Radeon R9 270
Radeon R9 270X
Radeon R9 280
Radeon R9 280X
Radeon R9 285
Enthusiast Radeon R9 290
Radeon R9 290X
Radeon R9 295X2
Rendering support
Direct3D (GCN only)
OpenCL OpenCL 2.0
OpenGL OpenGL 4.5[1]
Mantle Vulkan 1.0
History
Predecessor Radeon HD 7000 Series
Radeon HD 8000 Series
Successor AMD Radeon Rx 300 Series

The Rx 200 series is a family of GPUs developed by AMD. A "preview" was seen on September 25, 2013.[2][3][4] These GPUs are manufactured on a 28 nm Gate-Last process through TSMC or Common Platform Alliance.[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]

This article is about all products under the AMD Radeon Rx 200 Series brand.

  • A GPU implementing Graphics Core Next 3 (Volcanic Islands) is found on the R9 285 (Tonga Pro) branded products.
  • A GPU implementing Graphics Core Next 2 (Sea Islands) is found on R7 260 (Bonaire), R7 260X (Bonaire XTX), R9 290 (Hawaii Pro), R9 290X (Hawaii XT), and R9 295X2 (Vesuvius) branded products.
  • A GPU implementing Graphics Core Next 1 (Southern Islands) is found on R9 270, 270X, 280, 280X, R7 240, 250, 250X, 265, and R5 240 branded products.
  • A GPU implementing TeraScale 2 (VLIW5) (Northern Islands or Evergreen) is found on R5 235X and "below" branded products.

Multi-monitor support[edit]

Main article: AMD Eyefinity

The AMD Eyefinity-branded on-die display controllers were introduced in September 2009 in the Radeon HD 5000 Series and have been present in all products since.[8]

AMD TrueAudio[edit]

Main article: AMD TrueAudio

AMD TrueAudio was introduced with the AMD Radeon Rx 200 Series, but can only be found on the dies of GCN 2/3 products.

Video acceleration[edit]

AMD's SIP core for video acceleration, Unified Video Decoder and Video Coding Engine, are found on all GPUs and supported by AMD Catalyst and by the free and open-source graphics device driver.

Use in cryptocurrency mining[edit]

Radeon GPUs once performed better in cryptocurrency mining than their Nvidia GeForce counterparts. This led to limited supply and huge price increases in Q4 of 2013 and Q1 of 2014.[9][10] Since Q2 of 2014 availability of AMD GPUs as well as pricing has, in most cases, returned to normal.

CrossFire Compatibility[edit]

Because many of the products in the range are rebadged versions of Radeon HD products, they remain compatible with the original versions when used in CrossFire mode. For example, the Radeon HD 7770 and Radeon R7 250X both use the 'Cape Verde XT' chip so have identical specifications and will work in CrossFire mode. This provides a useful upgrade option for anyone who owns an existing Radeon HD card and has a CrossFire compatible motherboard.

Desktop products[edit]

Radeon R9 295X2[edit]

The Radeon R9 295X2 was released on April 21, 2014. It is a dual GPU card. Press samples were shipped in a metal case. It is the first reference card to utilize a closed looped liquid cooler.[11][12] At 11.5 teraflops of computing power, the R9 295X2 was the most powerful dual-gpu consumer-oriented card in the world, until it was succeeded by the Radeon Pro Duo on April 26, 2016. It is essentially a combination of two (2) R9 290X Hawai'i GPUs on a single card.[11]

Radeon R9 290X[edit]

A R9 290X by Sapphire

The Radeon R9 290X, codename "Hawaii XT", was released on October 24, 2013 and features 2816 Stream Processors, 176 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 512-bit wide buses, 44 CUs (compute units) and 8 ACE units. The R9 290X had a launch price of $549.

Radeon R9 290[edit]

The Radeon R9 290 and R9 290X were announced on September 25, 2013.[13][14] 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 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 290 had a launch price of $399.

Radeon R9 285[edit]

The Radeon R9 285 was announced on August 23, 2014 at AMD's 30 years of graphics celebration and released September 2, 2014. It was the first card to feature AMD's GCN 3 microarchitecture, in the form of a Tonga-series GPU.

Radeon R9 280X[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[edit]

Radeon R9 280 was announced on March 4, 2014. With a launch MSRP set at $279, it is based on a rebranded Radeon HD 7950 with an increased clock speed, from 725 MHz to 900 MHz.[15]

Radeon R9 270X[edit]

Radeon R9 270X was announced on September 25, 2013. With a launch price of $199, it is based on the Curaçao XT chip, which was formerly called Pitcairn.[16] It is speculated to be faster than a Radeon HD 7870 GHz edition. Radeon R9 270 has a launch price of $179.

Radeon R7 260X[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. The stock card features a boost clock of 1100 MHz. It has 2 Gbs of GDDR5 memory with a 6.5 GHz memory clock over a 128-bit Interface. The 260X will draw around 115 W in typical use.[17][18]

Radeon R7 250[edit]

Radeon R7 250 was announced on September 25, 2013. It has a launch price of $89.[17] The card is based on the Oland core with 384 GCN cores. In February 10, 2014, AMD announced the R7 250X which is based on the Cape Verde GPU with 640 GCN cores and an MSRP of $99.[19]

Mobile products[edit]

Chipset table[edit]

Model Launch Codename Architecture Fab (nm) Transistors (Million) Die Size (mm2) Bus interface Clock rate Core config[a] Fillrate Memory Processing Power
(GFLOPS)
TDP (W) API support (version) Release Price (USD)
Core (MHz) Boost (MHz) Memory (MT/s) Pixel (GP/s)[b] Texture (GT/s)[c] Size (MiB) Bus width (bit) Bus type Bandwidth (GB/s) Single Precision[d] Double Precision[e] Direct3D OpenGL OpenCL[f] Vulkan
Radeon R5 210 (OEM) Unknown Cedar Terascale 2 40 292 59 PCIe 2.0 ×16 400 Unknown 900 80:8:4 1.6 3.2 256 64 DDR3 7.2 64 N/A 19 11.0 4.4 1.2 N/A Unknown
Radeon R5 220 (OEM) Unknown Caicos PRO-L Terascale 2 40 370 67 PCIe 2.0 ×16 625 650 1066 80:8:4[20] 2.5 5 1024 64 DDR3 8.53 200 N/A 18 11.0[20] 4.4 1.2 N/A Unknown
Radeon R5 230 3 April 2014[21] Caicos Pro Terascale 2 40 370 67 PCIe 2.0 ×16 625[22] N/A 1066 160:8:4 2.5 5 1024
2048
64 DDR3 8.53 200 N/A 19[23] 11.0[20] 4.4 1.2 N/A Unknown
Radeon R5 235 (OEM) Unknown Caicos XT Terascale 2 40 370 67 PCIe 2.0 ×16 775 Unknown 1800 160:8:4 3.1 6.2 1024 64 DDR3 14.4 248 N/A 35[24] 11.0[20] 4.4 1.2 N/A Unknown
Radeon R5 235X (OEM) Unknown Caicos XT Terascale 2 40 370 67 PCIe 2.1 ×16 875 Unknown 1800 160:8:4 3.5 7.0 1024 64 DDR3 14.4 280 N/A 18 11.0[20] 4.4 1.2 N/A Unknown
Radeon R5 240 (OEM) 1 November 2013[25] Oland GCN 1st gen 28 1040 90 PCIe 3.0 ×8 730 780 1800
?
320:20:8 5.84 14.6 1024
2048
128 DDR3
GDDR5
28.8
?
467.2
499.2
Unknown 50 12.0 (11_1)[20] 4.5 1.2[26][27] 1.0 Unknown
Radeon R7 240 8 August 2013 Oland PRO GCN 1st gen 28 1040 90 PCIe 3.0 ×8 730 780 1800
4500
320:20:8 5.84 14.6 2048 128 DDR3
GDDR5
28.8
72
467.2
499.2
29.2 30 12.0 (11_1)[28] 4.3 1.2 1.0 $69
Radeon R7 250 8 August 2013 Oland XT GCN 1st gen 28 1040 90 PCIe 3.0 ×8 1000 1050 1800
4600
384:24:8 8 24 1024
2048
128 DDR3
GDDR5
73.6 768
806.4
48 75 12.0 (11_1)[28] 4.3 1.2 1.0 $89
Radeon R7 250E[29] 21 December 2013 Cape Verde PRO GCN 1st gen 28 1500 123 PCIe 3.0 ×16 800 N/A 4500 512:32:16 12.8 25.6 1024
2048
128 GDDR5 72 819.2 51.2 55 12.0 (11_1) 4.5 1.2 1.0 Unknown
Radeon R7 250X 10 February 2014 Cape Verde XT GCN 1st gen 28 1500 123 PCIe 3.0 ×16 1000 N/A 4500 640:40:16 16 40 1024
2048
128 GDDR5 72 1280 80 95 12.0 (11_1)[28] 4.3 1.2 1.0 $99
Radeon R7 260 17 December 2013 Bonaire GCN 2nd gen 28 2080 160 PCIe 3.0 ×16 1000 N/A 6000 768:48:16 16 48 1024 128 GDDR5 96 1536 96 95 12.0 (12_0)[28] 4.3 2.0[26][27] 1.0 $109
Radeon R7 260X 8 August 2013 Bonaire XTX GCN 2nd gen 28 2080 160 PCIe 3.0 ×16 1100 N/A 6500 896:56:16 17.6 61.6 1024
2048
128 GDDR5 104 1971.2 123.2 115 12.0 (12_0)[28] 4.5[30] 2.1[30] 1.0 $139
Radeon R7 265 13 February 2014 Curaçao PRO
(Pitcairn PRO)
GCN 1st gen 28 2800 212 PCIe 3.0 ×16 900 925 5600 1024:64:32 28.8 57.6 2048 256 GDDR5 179.2 1843.2 115.2 150 12.0 (11_1)[28] 4.3 1.2 1.0 $149
Radeon R9 270 13 November 2013 Curaçao PRO
(Pitcairn XT)
GCN 1st gen 28 2800 212 PCIe 3.0 ×16 900 925 5600 1280:80:32 28.8 72 2048 256 GDDR5 179.2 2304
2368
144
148
150 12.0 (11_1)[31] 4.5 1.2 1.0 $179
Radeon R9 270X 8 August 2013 Curaçao XT
(Pitcairn XT)
GCN 1st gen 28 2800 212 PCIe 3.0 ×16 1000 1050 5600 1280:80:32 32 80 2048
4096
256 GDDR5 179.2 2560
2688
160
168
180 12.0 (11_1)[31] 4.5 1.2 1.0 $199
Radeon R9 280 4 March 2014 Tahiti PRO GCN 1st gen 28 4313 352 PCIe 3.0 ×16 827 933 5000 1792:112:32 26.5 92.6 3072 384 GDDR5 240 2964
3343.9
741
836
250 12.0 (11_1)[31] 4.5 1.2 1.0 $249
Radeon R9 280X 8 August 2013 Tahiti XT2
Tahiti XTL[32]
GCN 1st gen 28 4313 352 PCIe 3.0 ×16 850 1000 6000 2048:128:32 27.2–32 109–128 3072 384 GDDR5 288 3481.6
4096
870.4
1024
250 12.0 (11_1)[31] 4.5 1.2 1.0 $299
Radeon R9 285 2 September 2014 Tonga PRO GCN 3rd gen 28 5000[33] 359[33] PCIe 3.0 ×16 918 N/A 5500 1792:112:32 29.4 102.8 2048 256 GDDR5 176[g] 3290 206.6[35] 190 12.0 (12_0)[31] 4.5 2.0[26][27] 1.0 $249
Radeon R9 290 5 November 2013 Hawaii PRO GCN 2nd gen 28 6200[36] 438 PCIe 3.0 ×16 up to 947[h] N/A 5000 2560:160:64 60.608 151.52 4096 512 GDDR5 320 4848.6 606.1 250[38] 12.0 (12_0)[31] 4.5 2.0 1.0 $399
Radeon R9 290X 24 October 2013 Hawaii XT GCN 2nd gen 28 6200[36] 438 PCIe 3.0 ×16 up to 1000[h] N/A 5000 2816:176:64 64 176 4096
8192
512 GDDR5 320 5632 704 250[38] 12.0 (12_0)[31] 4.5 2.0 1.0 $549
Radeon R9 295X2[39] 8 April 2014 Vesuvius GCN 2nd gen 28 2× 6200 2× 438 PCIe 3.0 ×16 1018 N/A 5000 2× 2816:176:64 2× 65.152 2× 179.168 2× 4096 2× 512 GDDR5 2× 320 2× 5733.376 2× 716.672 500 12.0 (12_0)[31] 4.5 2.0 1.0 $1499
Model Launch Codename Architecture Fab (nm) Transistors (Million) Die Size (mm2) Bus interface Core (MHz) Boost (MHz) Memory (MT/s) Core config[a] Pixel (GP/s)[b] Texture (GT/s)[c] Size (MiB) Bus width (bit) Bus type Bandwidth (GB/s) Single Precision[d] Double Precision[e] TDP (W) Direct3D OpenGL OpenCL[f] Vulkan Release Price (USD)
Clock rate Fillrate Memory Processing Power
(GFLOPS)
API support (version)
  1. ^ a b Unified Shaders : Texture Mapping Units : Render Output Units
  2. ^ a b Pixel fillrate is calculated as the number of ROPs multiplied by the base core clock speed.
  3. ^ a b Texture fillrate is calculated as the number of TMUs multiplied by the base core clock speed.
  4. ^ a b Single precision performance is calculated as two times the number of shaders multiplied by the base core clock speed.
  5. ^ a b Double precision performance is 1/16 of the single precision performance on GCN 3rd gen,[40][41] 1/2 on GCN 2nd gen (capped to 1/8 on high-end consumer Radeon cards, and 1/16 on mid- and entry-level cards),[42][43] and 1/4 on GCN 1st gen (capped to 1/16 on mid- and entry-level cards).[44]
  6. ^ a b Support for OpenCL 2.0 has been extended to the 200 Series' R7 and R9 models.[26]
  7. ^ The R9 285 utilizes loss-less colour compression which can increase effective memory performance (relative to GCN 1st gen and 2nd gen cards) in certain situations.[33][34]
  8. ^ a b Base clock of R9 290 and R9 290X will maintain at 947 MHz and 1000 MHz before reaching 95 °C, respectively.[37]

Graphics device drivers[edit]

AMD's proprietary graphics device driver "Catalyst"[edit]

Main article: AMD Catalyst

AMD Catalyst is being developed for Microsoft Windows and Linux. As of July 2014, other operating system are not officially supported. This may be different for the AMD FirePro brand, which is based on identical hardware but features OpenGL-certified graphics device drivers.

AMD Catalyst supports of course all features advertised for the Radeon brand.

Free and open-source graphics device driver "Radeon"[edit]

The free and open-source drivers are primarily developed on Linux and for Linux, but have been ported to other operating systems as well. Each driver is composed out of five parts:

  1. Linux kernel component DRM
  2. Linux kernel component KMS driver: basically the device driver for the display controller
  3. user-space component libDRM
  4. user-space component in Mesa 3D;
  5. a special and distinct 2D graphics device driver for X.Org Server, which if finally about to be replaced by Glamor

The free and open-source "Radeon" graphics driver supports most of the features implemented into the Radeon line of GPUs.[45] Unlike the nouveau project for Nvidia graphics cards, the open-source "Radeon" drivers are not reverse engineered, but based on documentation released by AMD.[46]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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