Taking a look at the card, you may notice a few changes when compared to the R7 260X 2GB we looked at the other day. For starters, it's of course bigger, and secondly, we've got a fan setup that is designed to draw cool in and push it straight out the back of the card. The shroud look is similar to what we saw from the R7 260X. We would've loved to see AMD add some LED lighting to the red areas - it would've looked extremely cool.
Taking a spin around the card, you can see two 6-pin PCIe power connectors located at the back. The Typical Board Power for the model is rated at 180 Watt by AMD. Staying across the top and moving closer to the front, you can see we've got a single CrossFire connector giving us the ability to run two of these cards together for even stronger performance.
Looking at the I/O, you don't see anything new with two Dual-Link DVI connectors a single HDMI connector and a DisplayPort connector to round everything off. One of the cool new features that is brought to the new R9 series of video cards is the improvement in Eyefinity.
No longer do you need to have a DisplayPort monitor to make use of Eyefinity. Instead you can use two DVI connectors and the HDMI port. We've seen Sapphire offer this kind of technology on some of the mid-range models previously, but the issue we always had was that while you could run Eyefinity without the need for DisplayPort, these models simply didn't have the grunt to truly make Eyefinity gaming enjoyable.
Taking a closer look at the specification, we can see that the core comes in at 1050MHz and offers a total of 1280 Stream Processors, significantly up on the 896 seen on the R6 260X. Other core related specifications include 32 ROPs, double that of the R6 260X, along with shared features like PCIe 3.0, DirectX 11.2 and a 28nm core.
Looking at the memory side of things, we've got the same 2GB of GDDR5 present. Unlike the R6 260X, though, this sits on a wider 256-bit memory bus. For that reason we see a lower 5600MHz QDR clock speed. We're really looking forward to seeing what goes on with the overclocking side of things soon.
Outside of these core features, we've got a number of other features that come to the table with the new series of cards from AMD. Instead of repeating them again if you didn't read our first review, we'd recommend you head over to page two of it to learn more about TrueAudio and the new API features.
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