We already know that most of AMD’s R9 and R7 series cards will be available October 8th so it is no surprise that we are going to start seeing non-reference cards pop up from AMD’s AIB partners. MSI posted this a few days ago on their Facebook page, “AMD has just announced their new GPU architecture, MSI is ready, are you? Follow the link to watch the AMD GPU’14 conference: http://goo.gl/tBe9XA”. With the following image:
From what we have gathered these two cards are the MSI Radeon R9 280X Gaming (R9280 TF 3GD5/OC BE) and the MSI Radeon R9 270X Hawk.
Let’s start with the R9 280X Gaming card. The R9 280X is almost exactly like the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, so the R9 280X will be the first Tahiti-based graphics card in MSI’s Gaming Series. This card is clocked at 1000 MHz core clock with a boost up to 1050 MHz. The memory clock will operate at 5.5 GHz (effective). The card does make use of the Tahiti XT GPU (as all R9 280X’s do) which makes use of 2048 stream processors, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The 3GB of GDDR5 memory is tied into the 384-bit interface.
Being part of the Gaming Series the R9 280X Gaming has MSI’s Twin Frozr IV cooling solution that uses dual 100 mm cooling fans that have propeller blade technology. The card will also feature MSI’s Military Class 4 components. Power comes to the card in the form of two 8pin power connectors and the total power draw of the card is 253W. Connections on the card include two mini-DisplayPorts, HDMI and DVI.
The card is the background of the above photo is most likely the R9 270X Hawk. Right now we only know the basics of the R9 270X, which is that it will have 2GB of GDDR5 memory and the $199 price point for the reference card. The Hawk card will also have a Twin Frozr cooler on it.
No word yet on pricing or when these cards will be available.