[UPDATE]HIS Digital Leak Confirms AMD R-200 Series Graphic Cards – R9-290 Cards Based on Hawaii GPU

Hassan Mujtaba

Update - It looks like links that redirect to HIS Digital's listing page are down since the leak. A few moments before the links were taken down, HIS revealed yet another card - 280X iPower IceQ X ².

The GPU is called -  "R9 280X iPower IceQ X ² Boost Clock 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E DLDVI-I/HDMI/2xMini DP" and has a 3 GB GDDR5 memory running along a 384-bit interface and uses the iceQ X2 cooler just like the Radeon HD 7970. The R9-280X is said to feature a Hawaii GPU according to the latest reports. HIS R9 280X iPOWER IceQ X2 GPU A few moments ago, we detailed the possible codenames of AMD's upcoming Volcanic Islands family of graphic cards which are going to be released in October 2013. It was only a matter of time before more credible details came along and looks like manufacturer HIS Digital has confirmed the AMD R-200 series. AMD R-200 Series Volcanic Islands

HIS Digital Leak Confirms AMD R-200 Series Graphic Cards

AMD R-200 Series codenamed 'Volcanic Islands' is a mix of refreshed Southern Islands cards and a new Hawaii GPU based on the new architecture. It won't be a surprise if AMD dropped a new GPU name on the refreshed cards like they did to their mobile Solar Series GPUs codenamed 'Venus'. Nevertheless, the codenames seem to be accurate and the AMD R-200 series would replace the Radeon HD 7000 series graphic cards after a wait of two years. The 'R' denotes Radeon, '2' denoted the family, and the other two digits would denote the graphics positioning which in the case of Hawaii based GPU would be AMD R-290/R-280 and successor to the Pitcairn cards would be denoted by the AMD R-270 branding. HIS Digital lists a total of 7 branding six GPU tiers which are listed below:

  • AMD R-290 (Replacing HD 7990 Flagship)
  • AMD R-280 (Replacing HD 7900 Series)
  • AMD R-270 (Replacing HD 7800/7700 Series)
  • AMD R-260 (Replacing HD 7770 Series)
  • AMD R-250 (Replacing HD 7700 Series)
  • AMD R-240 (Replacing HD 7600 Series)

There would be two products positioning in the AMD Radeon R-200 lineup, the R9-200 series would make use of the Hawaii, Tahiti, Pitcairn GPU while the R7-200 series would feature the Cape Verde and Bonaire GPUs which are entry level models. The complete lineup would look something like the following but don’t hold your bets on this since this chart is based off preliminary information from GPU-z: AMD R-200 Series Volcanic Islands

GPU Codename Radeon HD 7000 Series GPU Codename  Radeon R-200 Series
Malta Radeon HD 7990 Vesuvius/Tonga R9-290
Tahiti XT Radeon HD 7970 Hawaii XT R9-280X
Tahiti Pro Radeon HD 7950 Hawaii Pro R9-280
Pitcairn XT Radeon HD 7870 Hawaii LE R9-27*
Pitcairn Pro Radeon HD 7850 Tahiti XT R9-270X
Bonaire Radeon HD 7790 Tahiti Pro R9-270
Cape Verde Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7750
Pitcairn R7-260X R7-250
Turks Radeon HD 7670 Bonaire R7-240

The names are yet to be confirmed but it seems so as if the bulk of the mainstream cards would be based on older or revised versions of current Southern Islands chips. This would mean more cheaper Tahiti’s and Pitcairn’s could be on the road from AMD while the main flagship Hawaii would remain as the only new part competing against NVIDIA’s GK110 core. Only time would tell whether the Hawaii can erupt the greatness of NVIDIA’s Titan and GeForce GTX 780 GPUs and can their refreshed cards hold up against NVIDIA’s own refreshed GeForce 700 series cards in value.

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