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AMD Announces the R9 280 Graphics Card

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 36 comments

AMD has filled up yet another gap in its Rx-2xx series graphics cards with the R9 280.



AMD has announced a new graphics card, the Radeon R9 280, based on the same Tahiti GPU as the older Radeon HD 7950. It operates a little faster, though, filling in the high-end R9 line-up.

The board features a total of 1792 stream processors, along with 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The GPU is now clocked at a frequency of up to 933 MHz.

Memory aboard the card remains set at 3 GB, and still runs over a 384-bit memory interface at an effective speed of 5.0 GT/s.

The R9 280's power needs are satisfied through a PCI Express x16 slot, along with eight- and six-pin auxiliary connectors. Despite the trimmed-back performance, this board bears the same 250 W TDP as the higher-end R9 280X. Cooling is taken care of by the same reference cooler as found on reference R9 280X cards, though we'll probably be seeing more cards with custom cooling solutions since AMD's solution is derided for being noisy.

Support is present for AMD's Mantle API, as well as DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.3.

The card is set to come to shelves over the coming weeks with an MSRP price of $279. It remains to be seen whether AMD will be able to satisfy demand or hit its estimated price target. Both have been a problem for the company in recent months, and Radeon R9 270X cards are selling in the same range already.

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    houldendub , March 4, 2014 5:20 AM
    Fantastic, a two year old card getting released again. What an exciting and amazing developme...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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    houldendub , March 4, 2014 5:20 AM
    Fantastic, a two year old card getting released again. What an exciting and amazing developme...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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    brarboy , March 4, 2014 5:23 AM
    Hope, it really does satisfy demands.
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    Novuake , March 4, 2014 5:36 AM
    About time. Now lets watch the price skyrocket. Dag nabit.
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    brandonjclark , March 4, 2014 6:03 AM
    Eff you, miners! They're going to screw this one up, too. Honestly, AMD has a serious issue here as people like me (a longtime supporter) are forced to go Nvidia in order to get the best performance per dollar. They risk losing the base that kept them afloat all these years.
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    airplanegeek , March 4, 2014 6:19 AM
    even nvidia cards will be doomed. the. miners are going to be buying the maxwells out of stock
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    blubbey , March 4, 2014 6:20 AM
    Quote:
    Fantastic, a two year old card getting released again. What an exciting and amazing developme...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    Because rebranding old stuff is.....new?
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    InvalidError , March 4, 2014 6:29 AM
    Since it is fundamentally the same card as over a year ago just with a new model number, miners are not going to "mess this one up" any more than they already have. From AMD's side of things, a sale is a sale... they aren't going to complain that their GPUs are flying off the shelves at 30-60% higher prices than expected.
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    jasonpwns , March 4, 2014 6:33 AM
    Why is it that when nvidia does this and someone points it out their comment gets voted up. AMD does it and someone points it out and their comment is voted into oblivion. Little bias are we toms?
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    firefoxx04 , March 4, 2014 7:09 AM
    and more bitching about miners. News flash, you get to use the card for WHATEVER YOU WANT.
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    fpga123 , March 4, 2014 8:34 AM
    I don't get AMD's doctrine anymore, aside from the current generation, all other cards sold at the expected price points in my country, Pakistan. This generation they have stacked them above the 7000 series which is really a rip off. Seeing 7950 at $300 and R9-280X at $450 -_- I think there is a significant inventory still left of 7000 series.
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    h2323 , March 4, 2014 9:56 AM
    What do you want them to do....hey miners stop using my cards, okay thanks. Fricken chill people, just wait or get an Nvidia card, no one cares about your crying. Whining about a graphics card is pathetic
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    renz496 , March 4, 2014 10:25 AM
    so 280 (non X) will priced at $280? when i heard the rumors about this card i thought AMD will go into price war with nvidia. honestly i was expecting amd to price 280 at $200 and make it compete straight with GTX660
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    MaxImus009 , March 4, 2014 10:39 AM
    Quote:
    Since it is fundamentally the same card as over a year ago just with a new model number, miners are not going to "mess this one up" any more than they already have. From AMD's side of things, a sale is a sale... they aren't going to complain that their GPUs are flying off the shelves at 30-60% higher prices than expected.
    Since the 7950 is pretty efficient for mining ecoins, I'm pretty sure it's going to run out of stock the very first week of launch.
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    Novuake , March 4, 2014 10:40 AM
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    so 280 (non X) will priced at $280? when i heard the rumors about this card i thought AMD will go into price war with nvidia. honestly i was expecting amd to price 280 at $200 and make it compete straight with GTX660


    If it were not for the mining craze they may have done it at a much lower price. But would it matter if miners go crazy and buy them all up?

    The pricing makes sense in an attempt to discourage needless purchases. But it won't make a difference at the end of the day.

    Either BTC dies and the price of it comes down to the 200-250$ range or BTC continues and the price goes to 400$ +.

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    matt_b , March 4, 2014 11:23 AM
    Not like it matters, stock will be non-existent or over-priced anyway. I was forced to go with a Geforce 770 just recently because I gave up the search for a 280x or 290 Radeon after FOUR months of searching. I know there are countless others having their hands forced to go this route as well, but the markups from retailers is disgusting. I still applaud the MSRP assigned to their cards however.
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    rohitbaran , March 4, 2014 11:38 AM
    Quote:
    Since it is fundamentally the same card as over a year ago just with a new model number, miners are not going to "mess this one up" any more than they already have. From AMD's side of things, a sale is a sale... they aren't going to complain that their GPUs are flying off the shelves at 30-60% higher prices than expected.
    AMD doesn't get the extra profit. The retailers do.
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    eklipz330 , March 4, 2014 12:18 PM
    guys, guys, calm down. once this whole bubble bursts, prices will plummet and ebay will be flooded with cards from desperate sellers who will part with them for dirt cheap.i forsee 290x's for $300. BELIEVE!
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    InvalidError , March 4, 2014 12:49 PM
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    AMD doesn't get the extra profit. The retailers do.

    While AMD may not set retail prices, AMD certainly does set rates for GPU chips they ship to AIB partners and AIB partners certainly do set rates for boards shipped to distributors and retailers so it would be well within AMD's capabilities to raise rates for future GPU orders from AIB partners and and within AIB partners's capabilities to increase their rates on future board orders to carve themselves a slice of the retailers' grossly inflated profit margin.

    BTW, noticed how AMD's R9-280's suggested retail price is ~$20 higher than one might expect based on the R9-280X's launch price? Want to bet this is because AMD and AIBs have adjusted their markups on the basis that it will actually end up retailing over $300?
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    Novuake , March 4, 2014 12:51 PM
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    guys, guys, calm down. once this whole bubble bursts, prices will plummet and ebay will be flooded with cards from desperate sellers who will part with them for dirt cheap.i forsee 290x's for $300. BELIEVE!


    And how will that help the consumer in the long run?

    AMD will then be selling no cards, which puts them in a very bad place.
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    Novuake , March 4, 2014 12:55 PM
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    Why is it that when nvidia does this and someone points it out their comment gets voted up. AMD does it and someone points it out and their comment is voted into oblivion. Little bias are we toms?


    Nvidia has ALWAYS been the preferred graphics card maker. I do not think AMD ever had more market share for any length of time in the discreet market.

    Live with it...
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