AMD’s plans for the latest Radeon R200 series lineup seem to be endless as the company has been adding up newer products to the line in the past two months. Not to forget that this lineup also includes the latest flagship Hawaii based chips as well. It is most likely that two new products, the Radeon R9 260 and Radeon R9 255, will soon be rolled out by AMD to hit the sub-$150 market. On AMD’s official website, these new products have been listed under the R9 series products.
But there has been a slight confusion in the placing of these two new comer cards. The R9 series have been known to be reserved by AMD for the top tier cards such as the 290X, 280X and the 270X and their non-X variants. The new cards which AMD is planning to launch are in no way a match to the top dogs of the R9 series and R260 has already been causing confusion since its specs seem to be matching those of the 260X. And it is indeed surprising to find the Radeon 255 on the R9 series because its performance is far lower than that of the R7 260.
Talking about the R9 260, it is based on the Bonaire XTX GPU which works on the 28nm process. The GPU comes with 896 Stream processors, 56 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The core clock has been maintained at 1.1 GHz and 6.50 GHz effective clock for the memory. The card has a GDDR5 memory of 2GB which spreads across a 128-bit interface. Because the R9 260 has specs similar to that of the R9260, this one is most likely to be available at the same price of $139 US. Though the R9 255 is something new to the series, it is more like a rebranded Cape Verde GPU. It comes with 512 Stream processors, 32 TMUs, 16 ROPs and a 930 MHz core clock. It features a GDDR5 memory of 2 GB which spreads across a 128-bit interface and has been clocked at 6.50 GHz.