AMD Launches the Radeon R9 370X in China [Updated] – Features the Trinidad XT Core, R9 270X Rebadged

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Aug 30, 2015

Updated Aug 30 ’15: Robert Hallock of AMD has confirmed that the Radeon R9 370X is a regional product designed exclusively for China and will not be launched anywhere else.

So AMD silently launched the Radeon R9 370X based on the Pitcairn GPU (and a re-badge of the former R9 270X graphic card). The new card is positioned to target the price point of the GTX 950 and GTX 960. The core is codenamed “Trinidad XT” (which is the newer version of Pitcairn). The card will come in both 2GB and 4GB variants and will probably retail for $179, or around that mark, which was the MSRP of the older R9 270X. The first AIB model that we know about is from Sapphire, given the Vapor-X treatment as TechPowerUp puts it.

AMD quietly launches the R9 370X – but only in China

Interestingly, the card has only launched in China and US is currently not included. It remains to be seen when the actual launch will happen. Reviews of the product have already leaked out (not that anything about the card is even remotely secret). Sapphire’s cards offers 1180 MHz of core clock speeds, with 5.60 GHz memory clock, and memory bandwidth of 179 GB/s. The card draws power from a pair of 6-pin PCIe power connectors and should be rated around 150W. The GPU has 1,280 stream processors, 80 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The bus is 256 bit wide.

Now there isn’t alot to talk about on this particular issue but I guess one thing I can address is the DirectX 12 support. The card will most definitely support the actual low level API but unlike its older brothers, namely the Radeon R9 380 and above, R9 370X will support Direct3D 12 with feature level 11_1 support. WDDM 2.0 is also supported. Since developers usually code for the lowest common denominator, this shouldn’t be an issue. The only problem (if any) is the actual rebadg-ing of a tried and tested, but old, graphic card. This would be Pitcairn’s third generation, having its origins embedded in the Radeon HD 7000 series.

At this time, we do not know when or if the card will launch in the United States of America (or for that matter, the rest of the world except China). The card itself is pretty decent and packs enough of a punch to handle most titles at the 1080p resolution. Which, frankly speaking is the resolution most PC gamers out there will use. While this isn’t something an enthusiast would go for, it should be a price/point winner, not to mention Nvidia has yet to get a move on its promised DX12 support for Fermi cards.

AMD Radeon 300 Series Specifications:

Graphics Card GPU CU / SP GPU/Memory Clock Speed Memory Interface Memory Bandwidth TDP Pricing
R9 390X Grenada XT 44 / 2816 1050/1500 MHz 8GB GDDR5 512-bit 384 GB/s 275W $429 US
R9 390 Grenada Pro 40 / 2560 1000/1500 MHz 4-8GB GDDR5 512-bit 384 GB/s 275W $299-$329 US
R9 380X Antigua XT 32/2048 970/1425 MHz 4 GB GDDR5 256-bit 182 GB/s 190W $229-$249 US
R9 380 Antigua Pro 28 / 1792 970/1425 MHz 4GB GDDR5 256-bit 182 GB/s 190W $199 US
R9 370X Trinidad XT 20 / 1280 1000/1400 MHz 4 GB GDDR5 256-bit 179 GB/s 180W $179 US
R7 370 Trinidad Pro 16 / 1024 975/1400MHz 4GB GDDR5 256-bit 179 GB/s 110W $149 US
R7 360 Tobago Pro 12 / 768 1050/1625 MHz 2 GB GDDR5 128-bit 104 GB/s 100W $109 US
R7 350 Cape Verde XTL/Pro 10 / 640
8 / 512
1000/1125 MHz 2 GB GDDR5 128-bit 72.0 GB/s 60-75W $89 US