AMD hasn't quite finished with the graphics card announcements for 2013, today announcing a brand new lower-end GPU for those who don't require a whole lot of processing power. The Radeon R7 260 features a cut-down version of AMD's Bonnaire GPU, which is fully enabled in the R7 260X, making it an entirely new card rather than a re-badge.
Compared to the R7 260X, the R7 260 features two fewer compute units, bringing down the total stream processors to 768 (from 896), alongside 48 TUs (down from 56) and 16 ROPs. The GPU will run at a maximum clock speed of 1000 MHz, and comes with 1 GB of 6 GHz GDDR5 on a 128-bit bus, meaning we're looking at performance around 80-90% of the 260X.
Although the R7 260 is a relatively low-power part, consuming around 95 W at peak, it still requires one PCIe power plug, for better or worse. Like the 260X, the 260 uses the GCN 1.1 architecture and contains support for TrueAudio, as well as Mantle.
The card itself won't be available at retail outlets until mid-January, slotting into the range with a price tag of $109: $30 less than the 260X, and $20 more than the R7 250. It's essentially a direct replacement for the Radeon HD 7770 that's been on the market for well over a year now, and competes with Nvidia's GTX 650 and GTX 650 Ti.
The Radeon R9 290 is the non-X version of the company's flagship GPU, offering the greatest bang for your buck if you are looking for a top performing, high-end GPU. It features 4GB GDDR5 of RAM and 512-bit bus for 320GB/s of bandwidth. The I/O panel includes a pair of dual DL-DVI connectors, an HDMI 1.4a port and a DisplayPort 1.2 socket. The R9 290 supports a max resolution of 2560x1600 on up to three monitors as well as Ultra HD (also known as 4K) over both HDMI 1.4b and DisplayPort 1.2.
The Radeon R9 290X is AMD's latest and most powerful GPU set to go head to head with Nvidia's GTX 780 and the GTX Titan, in spite of being offered at a lower price at launch. The R9 290X GPU core is clocked at 1000MHz and packs a 4GB frame buffer. The R9 290X sports a pair of dual DL-DVI connectors, an HDMI 1.4a port, a DisplayPort 1.2 socket and a dual BIOS switch, it supports a max resolution of 2560x1600 on up to three monitors as well as Ultra HD.
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