A few months ago, we talked about the Trinidad GPU which was meant to replace the Curacao based Radeon R9 270 series cards. Videocardz has managed to get a listing of the upcoming Trinidad Pro graphics chip that will be featured inside the upcoming Radeon R9 370 graphics card in early April 2015 featuring an improved GCN architecture focused on raw performance and power efficiency.
AMD Radeon R9 370 Graphics Card Features Trinidad Pro GPU and 2 GB VRAM
The Trinidad GPU will land in two variants, a Pro model that would be featured inside the Radeon R9 370 and an XT model that would be featured inside the Radeon R9 370X. The specifications for the specific XFX model derived from the leaked sheet indicate that the XFX Radeon R9 370 Core Edition (R9-370A-CBF) is going to feature 2 GB and 4 GB GDDR5 memory (in future) running across a 256-bit interface. The card will feature a single 6-Pin connector since the TDP is around 110-130W down from 150-180W on the Curacao (Pitcairn) based Radeon R9 270 and 270X models. The card will feature Dual-DVI, HDMI and a single display port. The core edition naming implies that the card will feature a factory overclock. The card measures in at 167mm, has a single cooling fan on the shroud and is positioned in the performance tier. The clock speeds for the card are yet to be confirmed.
The main question is, what is this chip going to be competing against? It is known that NVIDIA is launching their GeForce GTX 960 graphics card on 22nd January for a price point of $199 US which is the sweet spot for 1080P gamers and bulk of the sales from both companies amount from this market sector. The graphics card Trinidad is replacing were also featured in the same price range with the Radeon R9 270 and Radeon R9 270X retailing at $179 US and $199 US respectively during their launch. It’s no doubt that AMD has left this space open for NVIDIA for more than a year. Even though they still have some good deals on existing cards such as the Radeon R9 280 which retails at $199 US however in the upcoming months, AMD plans to end production of their old Tahiti, Pitcairn and Cape Verde chip and move to newer chips.
AMD needs new chips at hand and Trinidad along with the upcoming series is the answer. We will wait for more information on the Trinidad since it does sound like an interesting chip to tackle NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 960. On the other hand, AMD is also going to out their massive 300W HBM enabled chip, codenamed “King of the hills” based on a 28nm process in a last fight with NVIDIA’s own 28nm based GM200 Titan X graphics card which was revealed just a few days ago. These last 28nm chips of this longest running process generation will be competing in 2015. The launch timeframe of the card in April 2015 might be an indication that AMD will be showing off their cards very soon.
AMD Radeon R9 370 Trinidad GPU Preliminary Specifications:
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960||Radeon R9 370X||Radeon R9 370||Radeon R9 270X||Radeon R9 270|
|GPU Codename||GM206-300-A1||Trinidad XT||Trinidad Pro||Curacao XT||Curacao Pro|
|Core Clock||1127 MHz +||~||~||1050MHz||925MHz|
|Memory Clock||7.0 GHz||~||~||5.6 GHz||5.6 GHz|
|VRAM||2 - 4 GB GDDR5||2 - 4 GB GDDR5||2 -4 GB GDDR5||2 GB GDDR5||2 GB GDDR5|
|Launch Price US$||$199?||$199?||$179?||$199||$179|