AMD Radeon R9 280X Compatible With HD 7970 in CrossFire Mode – R9 270X Compatible With HD 7870 GHz

Hardware 1 year ago by

Diehard PC Gamer and Hardware Enthusiast.

Pros
Cons
Presentation  
Performance  
Usability  
Features  
Value  

It has been two days since AMD unleashed their new graphic cards which include the Radeon R9 280X, Radeon R9 270X and the Radeon R7 260X. The cards have been reviewed and we did a round-up on the cards from every major tech site which can be seen here.

Radeon R9 280X HD 7970 CrossFire

AMD Radeon R9 280X Compatible With HD 7970 in CrossFire Mode

During their testing, HardwareCanucks managed to find out that the Radeon R9 280X was CrossFire compatible with the Radeon HD 7970. This means that users who currently own a Radeon HD 7970 and are looking to add in another Tahiti in CrossFire mode can now do so with the Radeon R9 280X which is cheaper than most of the HD 7970 model’s currently retailing online even though they boast the same specifications. We came to know days before launch that the Radeon R9 280X was actually based on the Tahiti XT chip which features 2048 Cores and 32 ROPs. The Radeon R9 280X is based on the same chip with a variety of non-reference models featuring various frequencies.

Advertisements

To enable CrossFire between the Radeon R9 280X and Radeon HD 7970, you simply have to grab the new graphic card, plug it in your PC, attach the CrossFire bridge and that’s it. No sort of modifications or BIOS updates will be required between the two cards and is a very nice gesture by AMD to have enabled this by stock. The only down side is that the cards would have to scale their clock speeds down to the one of the slower clocked card which is something we are familiar with using CrossFire. You can also see CrossFire scaling comparison of two HD 7970’s versus a HD 7970 + R9 280X setup in the following chart courtesy of HardwareCanucks:

R9 280X + HD 7970 CrossFire

HardwareCanucks also reports that the Radeon R9 280X isn’t the only card that enables this kind of CrossFireX comparability. The Radeon R9 270X which is based on the Pitcairn XT die codenamed to Curacao XT features the CrossFire compatibility with Radeon HD 7970 GHz edition, not the Tahiti LE model. Similarly, the Radeon R9 260X is CrossFire-Compatible with the Radeon HD 7790, both of which are based on the Bonaire ASIC silicon. This news is really great for AMD users and with the value the new cards offer, its something you can’t miss out.

We cater to your constant need to remain up to date on today’s technology. Like us, tweet to us or +1 us, to keep up with our round the clock updates, reviews, guides and more.

Categories

Topics

Companies

Sections

More

Creative Commons License © 2014 This work by WCCF PTE LTD. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available on the Terms and Conditions page.