AMD launches Radeon R9 280 for $280 – Tahiti Pro 2 Rebadge With Boosted Clock Speeds

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AMD has just launched the Radeon R9 280 GPU. The Radeon R9 280 is basically a re badge of the 7950, more specifically the 7950 Boost with an 8Mhz difference. Featuring the Tahiti PRO GPU Core, AMD’s latest card chases the crucial high-mid end price point of $279.9 Dollars or $280 (I hope everyone can see AMD’s clever pun here).

AMD R9 280

AMD launches the R9 280 at the namesake $280 Price Point

The AMD Radeon R9 280 ‘Tahiti Pro 2′ graphics card is launching for a price of $279.99 US. Now as for the official specs; the R9 280 is based on the Tahiti Pro 2 GPU afused with 1792 stream processors, 112 TMUs, 32 ROPs. The Tahiti Pro chip consists of 4.313 billion transistors and is based on a 28nm design which is running since the Southern Islands series. The Radeon R9 280 is coupled with a 3 GB GDDR5 memory which runs along a 384-bit interface at a clock speed of 5.0 GHz pumping out 224 GB/s bandwidth. HD 7950 Boost can achieve a max clock of 925 Mhz whileas the R9 280 can achieve a Max Clock of 933 Mhz ( Stock). Everything else is an exact replica of the HD 7950 as you can note from the comparison chart posted at the end of this post.

As you can see there is one thing different, the TDP of the 7950 Boost was around 225Watts (we will not use the TDP of the 7950 which is ~200W). So there is around a 25W increase in TDP. The exact base clock is not  known so I took a guess (thus the “?”) so do not treat it as confirmed. Some R9 280Xs also released today but I will not bother covering them since they have been available at online retail stores for the past month now. An example being the MSI R9 280X 6GB version ( 7970 GE 6GB Rebrand). Anyways, Here are the sub vendor releases of the R9 280 at the time of writing, along with AMD Slides:

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AMD Radeon R9 280 Specifications Sheet:

AMD Radeon R9 280XAMD Radeon R9 280 AMD Radeon R9 270XAMD Radeon R9 270AMD Radeon R7 265AMD Radeon R7 260XAMD Radeon R7 260
GPU CodenameTahiti XTTahiti ProCuracao XTCuracao ProPitcairn ProBonaire XTXBonaire Pro
GPU Process28nm28nm28nm28nm28nm28nm28nm
GPU Shaders20481792128012801024896768
Transistors4313 Million4313 Million2800 Million2800 Million2800 Million2080 Million2080 Million
ROPs32323232321616
Core Clock1000 MHz933 MHz1050 MHz925 MHz900 MHz+1100 MHz1000 MHz
Boost Clock1050 MHzN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
VRAM3 GB GDDR53 GB GDDR52 GB GDDR52 GB GDDR52 GB GDDR52 GB GDDR52 GB GDDR5
Memory Bus384-bit384-bit256-bit256-bit256-bit128-bit128-bit
Memory Bandwidth288.4 GB/s224.4 GB/s179.2 GB/s179.2 GB/s153.6 GB/s104.0 GB/s104.0 GB/s
Memory Clock6.00 GHz5.00 GHz5.60 GHz5.60 GHz4.80 GHz6.50 GHz6.50 GHz
TDP250W250W180W150W130W115W95W
Power Configuration8+6 Pin8+6 Pin6+6-Pin6-Pin6-Pin6-Pin6-Pin
Launch Date8th October 201320148th October 2013201313th February 201420132014
Launch Price$299.99 US$279.99 US$199.99 US$179.99 US$159.99 US$139.99 US$109.99 US

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