AMD has once again cut the prices of their R9 290 Series and R9 280 Series graphics cards. We of course assume this is better to compete with NVIDIA. The R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280 and R9 285 all see price cuts.
We thought we knew all there was to know about AMD’s Tonga silicon, but it seems more information is coming to light. We first thought that Tonga had a 256-bit wide memory interface as the Radeon R9 285, which is based on Tonga does. But it turns out that the Tonga silicon actually has a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface.
AMD held their annual event over the weekend in Japan. At the event the company revealed to journalists a number of different exciting plans in a round table discussion. The most exciting of these was that AMD is prepping a Radeon R9 380X model that will be available as soon as February if plans go well.
About 3 weeks ago Asetek announced the “largest ever design win” for the company that would result in 2 – 4 million dollars of revenue from a undisclosed OEM customer. Well it turns out the customer is AMD. Pictures of a cooler shroud is doing its rounds on Chinese tech forums. The design is very similar to the design of the Radeon R9 295X2, but is designed for a single-GPU card.
Intel has constantly been pushing new CPU architecture year after year, but what about AMD? According to a recent interview with Bloomberg, AMD will not be releasing a new micro-architecture until 2016, with all CPU or APU products being released between now and then based on the current architecture.
AMD’s FreeSync technology is their answer from NVIDIA’s proprietary G-Sync technology. It appears that not all AMD GPU’s will be supported by the technology. Only GPU’s based on “Hawaii” and “Tonga” silicon will be supported. So this includes the R9 285, R9 290, R9 290X and R9 295X2.
AMD has just announced that their Radeon R9 295X2 will be getting a promotional price. Available through specific retailers, and available to everyone not just OEMs the Radeon R9 295X2 will get a price drop down from $1499 to $999.
Last week at AMD’s “30 years of Radeon Graphics and Gaming Commemoration” event they announced the Radeon R9 285 graphics card. The card has been officially launched today with a MSRP of $249 and several AIB partners have released custom versions of the card.
Over the weekend AMD held their 30th Anniversary event. At the event they officially announced the Radeon R9 285. The AMD R9 285 is equipped with the Tonga PRO GPU, which has 1792 stream processors, 112 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. The card will come equipped with 2 GB or 4 GB of GDDR5 memory that operates at 5.5 GHz (effective). The core clock speed of the card is set at 918 MHz.
AMD will be launching its new performance-segment graphics card, the Radeon R9 285 on September 2nd 2014. Ahead of the launch AMD is expected to give us some details on the specifications and tease the card at its press event tomorrow celebrating 30 years of graphics and gaming.