AMD Radeon 300 Series Officially Launches – R9 390X, R9 390, R9 380, R7 370 and R7 360 Performance, Specifications Detailed
AMD has officially launched their Radeon 300 series lineup which are now available in the market, starting with the Radeon R9 390X, Radeon R9 390, Radeon R9 380, Radeon R7 370 and Radeon R7 360. The GCN based cards deliver competitive pricing and larger VRAM to push gaming performance across different resolutions such as the performance demanding 4K resolution, high-end 1440P resolution, gamers choice 1080P resolution and the eSports suited resolutions.
AMD Officially Launches Radeon 300 Series Lineup
Meet the Caribbean Islands Family
The AMD Radeon 300 series exists of several cards based on chips which we might not have heard of before but definitely know them by a different name in the existing cards. The top most Fiji GPU is the only new chip in the lineup followed by Grenada which is a new name for Hawaii GPU, Antigua is the Tonga GPU core, Trinidad is the Pitcairn GPU core and Tobago is the Bonaire GPU core. All these GPUs feature aggressive prices followed with additional VRAM to deliver perfect performance suited for a specific resolution. The new cards support DX 12 API and feature support for AMD’s Virtual Super Resolution technology, Freesync technology and a ton of other features. Listed below are all cards that have been launched within the 300 series lineup along with their specifications, performance and launch prices:
AMD Radeon R9 390 Series
Starting off with the top end AMD Radeon R9 390X, we are looking at the Grenada XT (Hawaii XT) core with 2816 stream processors, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The card features a clock speed of 1050 MHz and has the 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM clocked at 1500 MHz that runs across a 512-bit wide I/O interface and pushes out 384 GB/s bandwidth. The card is powered by a 6+8 Pin configuration and will be available at retail with a price of $429 US. The second card is the Radeon R9 390 which comes with the Grenada Pro (Hawaii Pro) core with 2560 SPs, 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The card has clock speeds of 1000 MHz core, 1500 MHz memory clock (6.0 GHz QDR) and has 384 GB/s bandwidth output. The card is priced at $329 US. The cards are available in a revised blower styled cooler with a cool mesh and have Dual-Link DVI, HDMI and a single Display connector for display ports. Both cards have a 275W TDP and are powered by a 8+6 Pin power configuration.
AMD Radeon R9 380 Series
Next up, we have three Antigua (Tonga Pro) based Radeon R9 380 cards which feature 1792 stream processors, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. Featuring a better architectural design over Hawaii, the chip comes at a clock speed of 970 MHz core and has the memory clocked at 1425 MHz for the 2 GB and 4 GB variants. The memory operates along a 256-bit wide bus interface and pumps out 182.4 GB/s bandwidth while the board has a rated or typical power consumption of 190W. The Radeon R9 380 churns up 3.48 TFlops of compute performance (FP32). The cards are priced at $199 US and plus for the 4 GB variants.
AMD Radeon R7 370 Series
The next model is the Pitcairn XT based Radeon R7 370 graphics card which has 1024 stream processors, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs. Based on the same design as the R7 265. The Radeon R7 370 series come with a clock speed of 975 MHz and a memory clock of 1400 MHz (QDR) which pumps out 179.2 GB/s bandwidth. Memory is featured across a 256-bit bus and we can expect both 2 GB and 4 GB variants of this card. Power is fed through a single 6-Pin connector and typical board power is rated at just 110W. The Radeon R7 370 will hit the market at a price of $149 US and plus for the 4 GB variants.
AMD Radeon R7 360 Series
Last up is the Radeon R7 360 which is based on the Bonaire Pro core with 768 stream processors, 48 texture mapping units, 16 raster operation units and has been rebadged to Tobago. The chip is clocked at 1050 MHz while the 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM comes clocked at 6.5 GHz across a 128-bit bus interface, pumping out 104 GB/s bandwidth. The card is powered by a single 6-Pin connector and has a compute performance of 1.61 TFlops. We should see a Display Port, HDMI and DVI-I connector on this card also has a power consumption rated at 100W. You can see details of the reference models in the table below:
AMD Radeon 300 Series Performance and Official Benchmarks:
The performance of the cards were shown in both benchmarked results by AMD and presentation slides. The Radeon R9 390 and Radeon R9 390 are positioned against the GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970. The R9 390X is a bit slower than the GeForce GTX 980 but features a larger VRAM and has a lower price too ($429 vs $499 US). The Radeon R9 390 boasts faster performance against the GeForce GTX 970 with its 8 GB VRAM and overall faster clock speeds at 4K resolution since the GeForce part has just 4 GB VRAM dedicated on the board.
The Radeon R9 380 is aimed against the GeForce GTX 960 with its 1440P aimed 4 GB and 1080P aimed 2 GB memory. The card can play games at 1440P with 4 GB models but the FPS mostly average around 30 FPS so the most ideal scenario would be to tone down the settings or switch to 1080P when playing running an R9 380. The card performs around 10% faster than the GeForce GTX 960 however the Maxwell cards tend to perform much better when overclocked compared to Tonga Pro based cards.
The AMD Radeon R7 370 and Radeon R7 360 are ideally positioned against the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 respectively. Both cards have a competitive edge in pricing and performance since NVIDIA hasn’t done anything surprising in the sub-$150 market which AMD calls the sweet price-point market. The Maxwell GM 107 cards were launched at very high prices compared to their predecessors due to the new efficiency and architectural improvements that came with Maxwell but it looks like NVIDIA will either have to significantly drop prices on their cards or introduce competitive parts in this price range.
Note: Our own review of the Radeon R9 390 and Radeon R9 390X goes live next week. We will be able to show some performance reviews with the latest drivers soon!
AMD Radeon R9 390 Series:
AMD Radeon R9 380 Series:
AMD Radeon R7 370 Series:
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|