AMD Readies Radeon R9 280 ‘Tahiti Pro’ and Radeon R7 265 ‘Pitcairn Pro’ – Dual-Chip Hawaii May Launch in June

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Feb 12, 2014
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AMD is planning to launch two new graphics cards in the product lineup which include the Radeon R9 280 and the Radeon R7 265. As you may have noticed from the title, both graphics cards would be rebrands and are expected to launch in the upcoming months as reported by VR-Zone.AMD Radeon R9 280 and R7 265

AMD Readies Radeon R9 280 ‘Tahiti Pro’ and Radeon R7 265 ‘Pitcairn Pro’

AMD has just recently launched their Radeon R7 250X graphics card which is an HD 7770 for $99 US. AMD has kept an effective pricing scheme on their entry level products with several sub-$100 and sub-$200 price range SKUs. The new Radeon R9 280 and Radeon R7 265 are meant to expand AMD’s portfolio of their latest Radeon R200 series which was announced in October 2013.

The Radeon R9 280 would feature the Tahiti Pro core which is fused 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. The exact core clock for the card are not known but the card will feature a maximum TDP of 200W. We expect the card to be priced around $249.99 US at launch.

The Radeon R7 265 on the other hand is not part of the Radeon R7 260 series since its based on the Pitcairn Pro while the R7 260 series cards feature the Bonaire core with TrueAudio and DirectX 11.2 support. The Radeon R7 265 will feature the Pitcairn core with 1024 stream processors, 64 TMUs, 32 ROPs and 2.8 billion transistors on the chip itself. The Radeon R7 265 would be coupled with 2 GB GDDR5 memory running along a 256-bit interface at a clock speed of 4.8 GHz (effective rate) pumping out a bandwidth of 153.6 GB/s. The R7 265 will have a max TDP of 130W and would be priced at $159 – $149 US.

Update – The Radeon R7 265 will launch tomorrow which makes us believe that the Radeon R9 280 (Non-X) will also arrive within this month.

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VR-Zone also has news regarding the Dual-Chip Hawaii based graphics card which according to their sources has entered boot stage and we may see it in June 2014, just around Computex 2014. NVIDIA also has their own Dual-Chip GeForce GTX 790 graphics card planned for launch around the same time which will feature GK110 cores.

  AMD Radeon R9 280X AMD Radeon R9 280  AMD Radeon R9 270X AMD Radeon R9 270 AMD Radeon R7 265 AMD Radeon R7 260X AMD Radeon R7 260
GPU Codename Tahiti XT Tahiti Pro Curacao XT Curacao Pro Pitcairn Pro Bonaire XTX Bonaire Pro
GPU Process 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm
GPU Shaders 2048 1792 1280 1280 1024 896 768
Transistors 4313 Million 4314 Million 2800 Million 2800 Million 2800 Million 2080 Million 2080 Million
ROPs 32 32 32 32 32 16 16
Core Clock 1000 MHz 800 MHz+ 1050 MHz 925 MHz 900 MHz+ 1100 MHz 1000 MHz
Boost Clock 1050 MHz N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
VRAM 3 GB GDDR5 3 GB GDDR5 2 GB GDDR5 2 GB GDDR5 2 GB GDDR5 2 GB GDDR5 2 GB GDDR5
Memory Bus 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth 288.4 GB/s 224.4 GB/s 179.2 GB/s 179.2 GB/s 153.6 GB/s 104.0 GB/s 104.0 GB/s
Memory Clock 6.00 GHz 5.00 GHz 5.60 GHz 5.60 GHz 4.80 GHz 6.50 GHz 6.50 GHz
TDP 250W 200W 180W 150W 130W 115W 95W
Power Configuration 8+6 Pin 6+6 Pin 6+6-Pin 6-Pin 6-Pin 6-Pin 6-Pin
Launch Date 8th October 2013 2014 8th October 2013 2013 13th February 2014 2013 2014
Launch Price $299.99 US $249.99 US? $199.99 US $179.99 US $159.99 US? $139.99 US $109.99 US
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