AMD’s Next Generation of GPU is coming, some based on “Hawaii” architecture. As we told you before, AMD will be using a new naming scheme moving forward. Gone are the long, sometimes confusing numbers that get mixed in with OEM rebrands. The new cards will carry a more concise name, like R7 and R9, with a model number following it.
AMD haven’t divulged much in the way of hardware specs, but this is what we know so far:
|R9 290X||R9 280X||R9 270X||R7 260X||R7 250|
|GeForce 780 or Titan?||GeForce 770||GeForce 760||GeForce 650 Ti||GeForce 650|
|Price Competition||GeForce 780?||GeForce 760||GeForce 660||GeForce 650 Ti||N/A|
The flagship is the R9 290X, which have some rumored leaked benchmarks showing it to be between the GeForce 780 and Titan in terms of performance. Those are completely unconfirmed numbers, mind you.
The only performance figures given were based on the 3DMark “Firestrike” benchmark (not the Extreme version, btw). Based on that and the given MSRPs, we have added the speculated performance and price competition from Nvidia at launch. This is assuming Nvidia don’t react at all. We all know this isn’t true, and we already know that there is a mid-range GeForce 750 Ti coming to replace the 660.
That’s all the information we have to share today, although you can read various sites for full coverage of the announcement in Hawaii. Here’s a live blog by Scott Wasson at Tech Report, and here’s Ryan Shrout’s take on the event, at PC Perspective. There is some mention of audio processing, which we’ll take a closer look at later.
Or you can watch AMD’s 3 hour (!) stream here: