AMD announces R7 and R9 series GPUs, claim most powerful & affordable

AMD kicks off GPU14 by annuncing new R7 and R9 series GPUs.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Wed, Sep 25 2013 3:57 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:20 PM CST

AMD GPU14 - AMD kicked off its GPU14 Conference in Hawaii by announcing five new video cards that span the gamut of pricing and performance. AMD's Matt Skinner took the stage to announce the new AMD R9 and R7 series of enthusiast level graphics cards and lead off by saying that AMD's new GPUs are built using the same technology that is featured in all the upcoming next-gen consoles.

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Up first is AMD's Radeon R7-250, a budget friendly GPU that packs in 1GB of RAM and scores >2000 in 3DMark FireStrike. The R7-250 will retail for $89 or less. Next up the chain is the all new Radeon R7-260X, a GPU that hits the midrange market with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and scores >3700 in 3DMark FireStorm all for just $139.

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Up next is the first card in the R9 series, the Radeon R9-270X, an upper level $199 GPU that features 2GB of GDDR5 and scores >5500 in 3DMark FireStorm. The R9-280X is the first high-end GPU that AMD announced and features 3GB of GDDR5 RAM. The R9-280X scored more than 6800 in 3DMark FireStorm and will retail for $299.

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Finally, AMD unveiled its flagship, something AMD is calling its most powerful GPU ever. No specs were released, but reports suggest 4GB of GDDR5 and a retail price of $599. AMD did announce that in the coming weeks, an R9-290X bundle that includes Battlefield 4 will be available for pre-order. No pricing was given, but I expect it to stick to the $599 price tag.

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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