It has been almost two years since AMD launched their GCN architecture based Radaeon HD 7000 ‘Southern Island’ series. The Southern Islands family was the first to support the TSMC 28nm GCN ‘Graphics Core Next’ architecture and today we will be looking at the successor to the Southern Islands codenamed Volcanic Islands.
The Volcanic Islands family is branded as the Radeon R200 series and takes performance and value to the next level. Technically speaking, the Radeon R200 series cards which include the Radeon R9 280X, Radeon R9 270X, Radeon R7 260X, Radeon R7 250 and Radeon R7 240 are GCN rebrands with the addition of new features but rather than giving away the same cards at the same price ranges, AMD added a few new features which we will detail in this article and slashed the prices so much that the Tahiti chip that once was $549 can now be bought for $299 US.
Today, we will be looking at the Radeon R9 280X which is the last remaining GCN 1.0 rebrand featuring the Tahiti Core architecture. HIS gave us the non-reference Radeon R9 280X for the test which features their high-end IceQ X2 cooler and a beefy custom designed PCB to deliver more power over the reference models which would come handy to overclockers and enthusiasts. Let’s check out the card shall we?