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Report: AMD Working on Radeon R9 280 Graphics Card

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Reports indicate that AMD is now working on a Radeon R9 280 graphics card.

Let's assume the R9 280 will look the same as the R9 280XLet's assume the R9 280 will look the same as the R9 280X

Lately, AMD has been busy filling up its remaining price segments in the new Rx 2xx series graphics cards. Now it seems it is working on yet another graphics card – the R9 280. This card will be positioned between the R9 270X and the R9 280X graphics cards, and is intended to replace the Radeon HD 7950.

Based on the history of the R9 280X graphics cards and below, it seems reasonable to believe that the card will feature the same specifications as the predecessor it is replacing. Therefore, we expect it to pack a total of 1792 stream processors, 112 TMUs, and 32 ROPs. It is also reasonable to expect it to carry 3 GB of GDDR5 memory, which will still run over a 384-bit memory interface. There were no clear details on the clock speeds. However, sources indicate that the GPU will be clocked at over 800 MHz, with memory clocked at just 5.0 GHz.

There was also no word on pricing details, though the Radeon R9 270X and the R9 280X are priced at $200 and $300, respectively, so an MSRP price of $250 shouldn't be too surprising. That said, street prices are likely to be higher, thanks to all the folks buying up the graphics cards for BitCoin mining.

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    lp231 , February 14, 2014 3:31 PM
    Will this be based on the R9 290 and 290x or still another rebadged HD7950 GE just like the R9 280x?
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    Jack Revenant , February 14, 2014 4:03 PM
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    Will this be based on the R9 290 and 290x or still another rebadged HD7950 GE just like the R9 280x?


    Given that the R9-280x is a Tahiti card, it wouldn't make much sense for the R9-280 to use Hawaii, no matter how cut down it is. We're almost certainly just looking at another HD7950. Hopefully this one won't be driven up to 2-3 times standard price by Litecoin miners, eh?
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    Martell1977 , February 14, 2014 5:18 PM
    So what their probably "working on " is a new box and sticker designs? I hope they at least OC it a fair amount.
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    InvalidError , February 14, 2014 5:32 PM
    There is a simple way for patient people to make sure the next GPU they buy is not a rebadged design from 1-2 years ago: wait for 20-22nm GPUs.
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    jin_mtvt , February 14, 2014 6:45 PM
    What does it change if it is a re-badge or not ? What is important is performance/quality VS price ratio. That is a valid value from birth of product up to its disappearance from the market. We all know AMD doesn't have anything new for now to offer,is it bad if they "shuffle" their current offerings to possibly fill up current needs ?
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    Nilo BP , February 14, 2014 6:50 PM
    I'm starting to wonder what comes after GCN 1.1. Hawaii is, by most reasonable standards, a power hog - and it still gets beaten by the cooler GK110. With Maxwell around the corner and TSMC focusing on low power consumption in the next process node... well, I hope AMD can get beyond the rebadges pretty soon.
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    acadia11 , February 14, 2014 8:20 PM
    I'm about to beat a bitcoin miners axx!!!
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    lawson72 , February 14, 2014 8:36 PM
    Too bad it will cost $350
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    renz496 , February 14, 2014 9:39 PM
    MAXIMUM rebadge!
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    renz496 , February 14, 2014 9:56 PM
    Quote:
    There is a simple way for patient people to make sure the next GPU they buy is not a rebadged design from 1-2 years ago: wait for 20-22nm GPUs.


    honestly i hope to see 20nm gpu towards the end of this year. just hoping both company will not drag it into 2015
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    aggie1295 , February 14, 2014 11:55 PM
    If it is replacing the 7950 and has the same specs, I wonder if you can pair it with a 7950 in crossfire.
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    ohim , February 15, 2014 12:01 AM
    As much as i like AMD ... they put out way to many variants to their GPUs.
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    smeezekitty , February 15, 2014 3:38 AM
    Bout timeThe performance gap between the 270X and 280X is annoying to say the least
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    InvalidError , February 15, 2014 5:06 AM
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    What does it change if it is a re-badge or not ?

    Rebadging tricks uneducated people into thinking that those rebadged units are new in some way and those rebadges usually carry a premium for a while just because of their new name. Personally, I consider it a dishonest or at the very least questionable business practice. Same goes for mobile parts that borrow model numbers from desktop parts a few rungs higher on the performance ladder.

    The misleading numbering practices cause tons of completely unnecessary confusion.
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    hixbot , February 15, 2014 6:21 AM
    Here's an idea for AMD. How about they start making cards for miners which provide the compute performance but are otherwise nerfed for gamers. Then making gaming cards that are nerfed for miners.Then gamers can buy their cards without having the miners inflate the price, and vice versa. This will also allow Nvidia to drop their prices, as with the current AMD prices, Nvidia has no incentive.
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    Novuake , February 15, 2014 7:37 AM
    Finally. Some GTX760 competition, I am surprised Nvidia still keeping the GTX760 at the same price with the massive gap in prices.
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    Novuake , February 15, 2014 7:41 AM
    Quote:
    What does it change if it is a re-badge or not ? What is important is performance/quality VS price ratio. That is a valid value from birth of product up to its disappearance from the market. We all know AMD doesn't have anything new for now to offer,is it bad if they "shuffle" their current offerings to possibly fill up current needs ?


    Simple. Try finding an HD7950?

    There is no competition to the GTX760. So even considering this a rebadge, its still a good release.
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    icemunk , February 15, 2014 8:34 AM
    I'd like to buy an AMD card right now, but since the coin-miners have caused huge shortages, they are overpriced by 20-35% right now.. I can wait.
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    SessouXFX , February 15, 2014 8:39 AM
    So now instead of creating newer and better cards, they've resigned themselves to rebadging older cards, so the bit coin miners acn swoop them all up, forcing retailers to increase the prices by 150-300%.Nvidia, you have a new fan.
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    renz496 , February 15, 2014 9:12 AM
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    Finally. Some GTX760 competition, I am surprised Nvidia still keeping the GTX760 at the same price with the massive gap in prices.


    well at this moment there is no reason to reduce the price since everything seems to be working for them. we thought that AMD will get more market share with the mining craze but instead nvidia were stealing more market share from AMD last quarter. also with the radeon price got jack up because of the mining the once considered as overpriced brand become much better choice for gamer
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