TechPowerUP GPU-Z Adds Preliminary Support For AMD Radeon R-200 Volcanic Islands Graphic Cards

Hassan Mujtaba

TechPowerUp has released their latest version of the GPU-Z and with it added support for the latest graphic cards such as AMD Radeon R-200 Volcanic Islands series. The AMD Radeon R-200 series codenamed Volcanic Islands would be unveiled in late September with retail availability in mid-October 2013.

GPU-Z Adds Preliminary Support For AMD Radeon R-200 GPUs

For now there was some confusion built up regarding the naming scheme, the next generation graphic cards from AMD have gone by various names - Radeon HD 8000 Series, Radeon HD 9000 series and the latest details show that AMD would just call them the Radeon R-200 series which is something new. From the codenames, it looks like that the Hawaii chip would be the only new GPU in AMD's lineup while the bulk of the Radeon R-200 series would be refreshed variants of current Tahiti, Cape Verde, Pitcairn and Bonaire chips.

Added preliminary support for AMD Radeon R7 240, R7 250, R7 260X, R9 270, R9 270X, R9 290, R9 290X.

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:

GPU Codename Radeon HD 7000 Series GPU Codename  Radeon R-200 Series
Malta Radeon HD 7990 Vesuvius/Tonga R9-29*
Tahiti XT Radeon HD 7970 Hawaii XT R9-290X
Tahiti Pro Radeon HD 7950 Hawaii Pro R9-290
Pitcairn XT Radeon HD 7870  Hawaii LE R9-280X
Pitcairn Pro Radeon HD 7850 Tahiti XT R9-280
Bonaire Radeon HD 7790 Tahiti Pro R9-27*
Cape Verde Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7750
Pitcairn R7-270X
Turks Radeon HD 7670
Radeon HD 7570
Bonaire R7-260X

Courtesy of Videocardz!

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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