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Report: AMD Working on Radeon R9 280 Graphics Card

Let'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.

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.