AMD Radeon R9 280X Launched

AMD Radeon R9 280X board


AMD’s new Radeon R9 family is launched. The most interesting R9 member, the R9 290X / 290 is planned for later. So today, the launch is focused on R9 280, R9 270 and R7 260. The first Radeon R9 products are a refresh of previous Radeon HD 7000 series. Like the Radeon HD 7970, the Radeon R9 280X (enthusiast segment) is based on a Tahiti GPU and like the Radeon HD 7870, the Radeon R9 270X (mainstream segment) is based on a Pitcairn GPU:

  • Radeon R9 280X –> Radeon HD 7970
  • Radeon R9 270X –> Radeon HD 7870
  • Radeon R7 260X –> Radeon HD 7770



The Radeon R9 280X features the same specs than the Radeon HD 7970GHz edition, except for the core clock that is a bit lower. The R9 280X supports the new low level Mantle API but does not support TrueAudio, the new GPU programmable 3D spatial audio engine. The R9 280X is essentially a HD 7970GHz with competitive price of USD $299.

AMD Radeon R9 280X board

AMD Radeon R9 280X board

AMD Radeon R9 280X board



Radeon R9 280X specifications:

  • GPU: Tahiti @ 850MHz, GCN 1.0, TSMC 28nm, 4.31-billion transistors
  • Shader processors: 2048
  • Texture units: 128
  • Color ROPs: 32
  • Memory: 3GB GDDR5 @ 6GHz, 384-bit bus width
  • TDP: 250W
  • Power connectors: 6-pin + 8-pin
  • 3D APIs: OpenGL 4.3 (no OpenGL 4.4? ), Direct3D 11.2, Mantle
  • GPU Computing: OpenCL 1.2, DirectCompute

AMD Radeon R9 280X, GPU-Z
Did you notice the release date reported by GPU-Z?



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