At AMD’s 2014 GPU Product Showcase, AMD has just announced their upcoming next generation product lineup. In an unusual move they’re announcing a complete top-to-bottom of products at all once, rather than announcing products piecemeal as they’re ready for launch.

The upcoming generation of products will be branded R7 and R9. R7 will be AMD’s lower-end mainstream parts, while R9 will be for their higher-end enthusiast parts.

Notably, AMD is taking care to note that certain features are only available on certain cards. The R9 series is Direct3D 11.2 compliant, for example, but the R7 was not mentioned as being so. Meanwhile R7 260X, R9 290, and R9 290X will have new audio features (more on that later), but not R9 270X or R9 280X. So it’s likely that some of the chips in this stack are rebadged/rebranded Southern Islands (7000 series) parts, though it’s not clear which are what.

The flagship of the new family will be the R9 290X. AMD isn’t releasing the full specs for it at this time, though they’re quoting 5 TFLOPs of GPU performance. It will come with 4GB of memory, with a total memory bandwidth of over 300GB/sec, which assuming a 512bit memory bus would put memory clockspeeds at equal to or greater than 4.7GHz. Unlike their other parts AMD is not announcing a price quite yet.

The GPU behind 290X has yet to be named. But AMD has already told us that it has more than 6 billion transistors; this would put it between Tahiti and NVIDIA’s GK110 in transistor count.

AMD 2014 GPU Specification Comparison
  R9 290X R9 280X R9 270X R7 260X R7 250
Firestrike Score N/A >6800 >5500 >3700 >2000
Transistor Count >6B N/A N/A N/A N/A
AMD TrueAudio Yes No No Yes No
Pre-Order Date 10/03/2013 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Launch Price N/A $299 $199 $139 <$89

Below the 290X will be the R9 280X. This will be a card with 3GB of RAM, and it has a price tag of $299. It’s not clear whether this is the same GPU as in 290X or not, and in lieu of specs AMD has given us a single benchmark: 3DMark Firemark, where it scores better than 6800.

Further down yet is the R9 270X. This is a 2GB card with a $199 price tag. AMD is listing a Firestrike score of greater than 5500.

Finally, at the bottom of the stack are the R7 parts, R7 260X and R7 250. 260X is a 2GB card for $139, with a Firestrike score of over 3700. Meanwhile 250 is AMD’s sub-$100 card, hitting retail at $89 with 1GB of RAM and a Firestrike score of over 2000.

Update: Now with official product pictures

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  • Death666Angel - Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - link

    Wow, that's all pretty cryptic.
  • Batmeat - Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - link

    Agreed, probably a big change in architecture with the sound implementations they've put on. Decent Firestrike scores too.
  • tpurves - Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - link

    Which compares to.... what Firestrike scores for current AMD or NVDIA skus?
  • ShieTar - Thursday, September 26, 2013 - link

    So the R9 280X would look like a slight upgrade from a 7970, which is pretty much what you'd expect from the $299 launch price tag.
  • Ortanon - Friday, September 27, 2013 - link

    Actually it kind of seems like maybe the R9 280X IS the 7970, MAYBE with a tweaked core. My thinking is the ones with TrueAudio are the only ones with actual architecture changes.
  • heffeque - Friday, September 27, 2013 - link

    Watch out, Sherlock's among us!
  • wumpus - Monday, September 30, 2013 - link

    That makes sense, but TrueAudio just looks like some software to run a few FFTs at regular intervals. Maybe the 7970 (and 280X) just doesn't have the necessary interrupts.
  • Frenetic Pony - Thursday, September 26, 2013 - link

    No bus width, no price on the big one (and why the assumed $200 gap between the big one and next one down?) Not even the artificial benchmark score for the big one. Not a very informative announcement.
  • dragonsqrrl - Thursday, September 26, 2013 - link

    Ya, but it's AMD so no ones going to question or complain.
  • TheEvilBlight - Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - link

    Abandon the <100 dollar video card segment. Integrated video will probably beat it handily.

    Though it's possible even the <200 segment is on the way out as well, especially as entry-level integrated is "good enough" for more and more things.

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