AMD has launched its new R9 series of graphics cards

AMD has launched its new R9 series of graphics cards

By | Nov 25, 2013

R9 290X to battle Nvidia’s Titan while the entire R9 range gets a boost from AMD’s Mantle technology

AMD has launched its new R9 series of graphics cards.

The range, which includes the 270X, 280X and 290X, is designed for enthusiast gamers looking for high performance hardware to run graphically intensive games smoothly.

The cards are based on AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, which is focused on boosting performance in DirectX 11. On top of GCN, AMD’s Mantle technology is designed to allow game designers to take full advantage of the hardware, and to make porting from console to PC and vice versa far easier.

The cards support Ultra HD and AMD’s Eyefinity software, with the R9 270X aimed at gamers wanting to play games at max settings at 1080p. The 270X has a compute performance of 2.69 teraflops and either 2GB or 4GB of 256-bit GDDR5 memory.

The R9 280X instead has 3GB of 384-bit GDDR5 memory, with a performance of 4.1 teraflops, and increases its recommended resolution to 2560×1440, targeting players of Battlefield 4 and other high-end games.

The most powerful card created by AMD, the R9 290X, is said to rival NVidia’s flagship card, the Titan. Details are unannounced at the time of writing.

All of the cards will support DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3 and AMD’s Mantle technology.

The R9 270X and R9 280X are available now, with the 2GB model of the 270X costing around £160, the 4GB model priced at around £175 and the 3GB 280X coming in at around £250. Exact card prices vary between each card manufacturer.

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