AMD Radeon R9 and Radeon R7 Review Roundup – Officially Available In Retail Stores Around the Globe

Hassan Mujtaba

The AMD Radeon R9 and AMD Radeon R7 series graphic cards are now officially available around the globe from various AIC partners of AMD. The AMD Radeon R9 and Radeon R7 feature impressive price to performance ratios and deliver amazing gaming performance with the robust GCN architecture from AMD.

AMD Radeon R9 and Radeon R7 Review Roundup - Now Available For Sale

AMD has announced three cards that would be available through retail channels today - AMD Radeon R9 280X, AM Radeon R9 270X and AMD Radeon R7 260X. For specifications, details and review round-up, please continue reading onwards.

AMD Radeon R9 280X Specifications and Reviews

The AMD Radeon R9 280X is the top Radeon graphic cards under the Radeon R9 series that's available to users currently. The Radeon R9 280X is based on the 28nm Tahiti die featuring 2048 Stream processors, 128 Texture mapping units and 32 Raster Operators. The GPU core clock is maintained at 1000 MHz and the boost clock is configured at 1050 MHz. The Radeon R9 280X boasts a 3 GB GDDR5 memory running across a 384-bit memory interface that is clocked at an effective frequency of 6000 MHz (6 GHz). The card features Dual-DVI, HDMI and Display port and is powered through a 8+6 Pin power configuration. The Radeon R9 280X is available for $299.99 US for reference and a premium for the non-reference models. You can check out the reviews for the Radeon R9 280X in the list below:

Radeon R9 280X Photo

AMD Radeon R9 280X Reviews:

AMD Radeon R9 270X Specifications and Reviews

The follow up is the Radeon R9 270X is based on the Curacao XT die featuring 1280 Stream processors, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs, a 256-bit memory interface and 2 GB GDDR5 memory. The core clock is maintained at 1050 MHz while the memory operates at a reference clock speed of 5.6 GHz effective. The GPU is aimed towards the mainstream market with a price range of only $199.99 US. You can find the reviews of the specific model along with the list of AIC manufacturerd cards in the list provided below:

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AMD Radeon R9 270X Reviews:

AMD Radeon R7 260X Specifications and Reviews

The $139 Radeon R7 260X which is a Radeon HD 7790 rebrand featuring the Bonaire XTX chip with  896 Stream processors, 16 ROPs, 56 TMUs and a 2 GB GDDR5 memory running across a 128-bit wide memory interface. The core clock is maintained at 1100 MHz while memory operates at 6.5 GHz. The card would be priced at a sweet $139.99 price range, reviews can be found below along with the links to AIC manufacturers cards:

AMD Radeon R9 260X Reviews:

Lastly, i the $89 Oland Pro based Radeon R7 240 which is the entry level Volcanic Islands chip featuring 320 Shaders, 8 ROPs and 20 TMUs. The card is shipped with a Gigabyte of memory running across a 128-bit interface while clocks are maintained at 780 MHz for the core and 1150 MHz for the memory. Its bigger brother, the Radeon R7 250 which is based on the Oland XT GPU would feature 384 shaders, upto 2 GB GDDR5 memory along a 128-bit interface and faster clock speeds of 1050 MHz core and 4.6 GHz memory.

These models would hit the market in several forms including a full shroud version, a quiet cooler design and a passive heatsink design which is cool for HTPC builds. Last of all is the most entry level rebrand called the Radeon R5 230 which will retail in a passive cooled version with a price of $39-$49 US.

You can see detailed information regarding the GPUs in the chart below:


Radeon R9 280X Radeon R9 270X Radeon R7 260X Radeon R7 250 Radeon R7 240
GPU Codename Tahiti XT Curacao XT Bonaire XTX Oland XT Oland Pro
GPU Process 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm
Stream Processors 2048 1280 896 384 320
ROP/TMUs 32/128 32/80 16/56 - 8/20
Core Clock 1000 MHz 1500 MHz 1100 MHz 1050 MHz 780 MHz
Memory Clock 6 GHz 5.6 GHz 6.5 GHz 4.6 GHz 4.6 GHz
Bus Interface 384-bit 256-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit
Price US$ $299 $199 $139 $89 $59

AMD Radeon R9 and Radeon R7 Series Specification Slides:

Radeon R9 280X Specifications Radeon R9 270X Specifications AMD Radeon R7 260X Specifications AMD Radeon R7 250 Specifications AMD Radeon R7 240 Specifications

Sapphire Radeon R9 (link) and Radeon R7 (link) Series


ASUS Radeon R9 (link) and Radeon R7 (link) Series


XFX Radeon R9 (link) and Radeon R7 (link) Series


HIS Radeon R9 (link) and Radeon R7 (link) Series


PowerColor Radeon R9 (link) and Radeon R7 (link) Series

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