AMD just announced its new R9 280X earlier this week, so it's unlikely you've gotten your hands on one of these cards just yet, but when you do, you might like to know that this card is compatible with AMD's Radeon HD 7900 series in CrossFire. As our own Chris Angelini reported in his review, the cards will work in tandem if choose to go that route:
"To answer whether existing Radeon HD 7970 cards can be paired with the new R9 280X, yes, they work together," Chris writes. "A quick Fraps-based test showed one 280X hitting 52.9 FPS in Battlefield 3 at 2560x1440. Dropping a 7970 GHz Edition next to the newer board pushed frame rates to 102.3 FPS. When it wasn't in use, the 7970 properly spun down according to AMD's ZeroCore technology."
In case you missed it when these cards, launched, the R9 280X’s specs are very similar to the Radeon HD 7970 Ghz Edition. The Tahiti GPU in the R9 280X features the same 2048:128:32 configuration, and packs a 384-bit memory bus rocking 3 GB of GDDR5 (which AMD says should operate at 6 GT/s). The one notable difference is the "new" card's engine clock, which tops out at 1 GHz. Other than that, these cards are a great match.
The folks at HardwareCanucks came to the same conclusion and provide visual proof in the form of the screen cap featured above.
Read full review of the "refreshed" Radeon R9 and R7 series here.
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Reading comprehension is so difficult for some and apparently the rest can't seem to be bothered to read the article in its entirety :pt1cable:.
Considering that its the same GPU, I don't think AMD did much.
Its a nice feature but still I think what everyone wants is a real review of the actual new hardware. I know I do. Along with a price please.
And that Toxic is nothing to really look at:
That was a Toxic edition. 6GB VRAM and the ability to boost to 1200MHz. It also used the much better Vapor-X design (check a Vapor-X vs Dual-X Sapphire GPU and the Vapor-X can clock higher and runs cooler).
that way i will get the best of both worlds (mature drivers for the 7950 new tech for the 280x)