The R9 series is the cream of the crop and is aimed squarely at enthusiasts wanting 4K and/or multi-display gaming, while the R7 caters for the budget conscious gamer. Leading the way is the R9 290X and the line goes all way down to the price-aware $69 R7 240.
AMD has not announced any details for the R9 290X but we expect it to cost $400-$500. The next in line is the R9 280X that will retail at $299 and provides 4.1 TFLOPS of compute performance with 3GB of GDDR5 384-bit RAM. It is aggressively priced and provides more performance than the 3.2 TFLOPS the $400 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 can muster. The R9 270X comes in two iterations, one 2GB and one 4GB retailing at $199 and $299 respectively and offers 2.69 TFLOPS. AMD made it clear that it is aiming to beat NVIDIA in the bang-for-buck stakes at every level and, on paper, it looks like that may well be the case.
The R7 series comes in 3 versions and is aimed at 1080 resolution gaming. The R7 260X leads the pack with 1.97 TFLOPS for $139, the R7 250 0.8 TFLOPS for $89 and the baby of the group is the R7 240 with 0.5 TFLOPS for $69. UK pricing has not yet been confirmed.
Along with the new graphics cards AMD announced a new API called Mantle that will enable game developers to access PC hardware in a much more efficient manner. Click here for more details on Mantle or carry on to the next page for the specification details of all the AMD graphics cards announced today.