AMD Radeon R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X, R7 250 and R7 240 Launch Details

/ 3 years ago

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Launch day is finally among us for AMD’s hotly anticipated RX 2XX series. Today AMD unveils the R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X, R7 250 and R7 240. That’s two cards from the enthusiast R9 series, shown above, and three from the entry R7 series, shown below. We’ve already got reviews ready for you to read of the R9 280X, R9 270X and R7 260X so be sure to click those links and check those out.


All the cards you see here today aren’t strictly new but are based on technology from the HD 7000 series. The only hardware difference is we’ve got higher performance from raised clocks and that is at lower price points. AMD have also introduced an updated feature set that includes Direct X 11.2 support, OpenGL 4.3 support, support for AMD’s new low-level Mantle API, improved audio with AMD TrueAudio and improved Eyefinity compatibility for Eyefinity 6 off most cards. This is only just the scratching the surface though so read on as we detail more about AMD’s new launches.

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  • Christopher Lewis

    i can’t wait to see the performances vs the nvidia cards long with the price of the r9 290x

  • thebestnewbie

    Am i the only one laughin about graph that shows that amd barely beast card from nvidia 1 generation back when we’re already at 6 month from the 8xx and maybe even closer.

    • Well TBH it doesn’t really matter at the top end. The vast majority of graphics cards, about 50% of the market, are sold below $100-120. About 90% are sold below $200-220 so the reality is that top tier of the market, the $220+ accounts for around 10% or less of all sales (with the number of sales declining rapidly as price increases). As long as AMD compete at the $200 and less segment (which they do) then they will put up a solid fight. Plus we haven’t even seen the R9 290X or R9 290 cards just yet so the story is unfinished. Preliminary leaked benchmarks already show the R9 290X to be capable of beating the GTX Titan while the R9 290 is probably capable of beating the GTX 780.

  • Marius Burlibasa

    nice prices … but i got a feeling they will cost twice as much when they hit the stores in my country … 🙁

    • Gerry Mann

      Where are you from?

      • Marius Burlibasa

        Romania …

        • s1d3k1ck

          I know dat feeling bro, si eu sunt roman, si la noi o sa fie cu $100 mai mult…. ca de obicei.. .-.