[UPDATE]HIS Digital Leak Confirms AMD R-200 Series Graphic Cards – R9-290 Cards Based on Hawaii GPU

[UPDATE]HIS Digital Leak Confirms AMD R-200 Series Graphic Cards – R9-290 Cards Based on Hawaii GPU

Update – It looks like links that redirect to HIS Digital’s listing page are down since the leak. A few moments before the links were taken down, HIS revealed yet another card – 280X iPower IceQ X ².

The GPU is called –  ”R9 280X iPower IceQ X ² Boost Clock 3GB GDDR5
PCI-E DLDVI-I/HDMI/2xMini DP” and has a 3 GB GDDR5 memory running along a
384-bit interface and uses the iceQ X2 cooler just like the Radeon HD
7970. The R9-280X is said to feature a Hawaii LE GPU so its possible
that Hawaii as a complete chip could end up with a higher memory buffer since the Tahiti LE chip offered 2 GB GDDR5 memory although the full Tahiti chip offers 3 GB memory and 384-bit bus on the HD 7970 and HD 7950 graphic cards. As mentioned, the links are down but Computerbase was fast enough to grab a screenshot which can be seen below.

A few moments ago, we detailed the possible codenames of AMD’s upcoming Volcanic Islands family of graphic cards
which are going to be released in October 2013. It was only a matter of
time before more credible details came along and looks like
manufacturer HIS Digital has confirmed the AMD R-200 series.

HIS Digital Leak Confirms AMD R-200 Series Graphic Cards

AMD R-200 Series codenamed ‘Volcanic Islands’ is a mix of refreshed
Southern Islands cards and a new Hawaii GPU based on the new
architecture. It won’t be a surprise if AMD dropped a new GPU name on
the refreshed cards like they did to their mobile Solar
Series GPUs codenamed ‘Venus’. Nevertheless, the codenames seem to be
accurate and the AMD R-200 series would replace the Radeon HD 7000
series graphic cards after a wait of two years. The ‘R’ denotes Radeon, ’2′ denoted the family, and the other two digits would denote the graphics positioning which in the case of Hawaii based GPU would be AMD R-290 and successor to the Pitcairn cards would be denoted by the AMD R-280 branding.

HIS Digital lists a total of 7 branding six GPU tiers which are listed below:

  • AMD R-290 Hawaii (Tahiti’s Successor)
  • AMD R-280 (Replacing HD 7800 Series)
  • AMD R-270 (Replacing HD 7700 Series)
  • AMD R-260 (Replacing HD 7600 Series)
  • AMD R-250 (Replacing HD 7500 Series)
  • AMD R-240 (Replacing HD 7400 Series)

There would be two products positioning in the AMD Radeon R-200
lineup, the R9-200 series would make use of the Hawaii, Tahiti, Pitcairn
GPU while the R7-200 series would feature the Cape Verde and Bonaire
GPUs which are entry level models. The complete lineup would look
something like the following but don’t hold your bets on this since this
chart is based off preliminary information from GPU-z:

AMD R-200 Series Volcanic Islands

GPU Codename Radeon HD 7000 Series GPU Codename  Radeon R-200 Series
Malta Radeon HD 7990 Vesuvius/Tonga R9-29*
Tahiti XT Radeon HD 7970 Hawaii XT R9-290X
Tahiti Pro Radeon HD 7950 Hawaii Pro R9-290
Pitcairn XT Radeon HD 7870 Hawaii LE R9-280X
Pitcairn Pro Radeon HD 7850 Tahiti XT R9-280
Bonaire Radeon HD 7790 Tahiti Pro R9-27*
Cape Verde Radeon HD 7770
Radeon HD 7750
Pitcairn R7-270X
Turks Radeon HD 7670
Radeon HD 7570
Bonaire R7-260X

The names are yet to be confirmed but it seems so as if the bulk of
the mainstream cards would be based on older or revised versions of
current Southern Islands chips. This would mean more cheaper Tahiti’s
and Pitcairn’s could be on the road from AMD while the main flagship
Hawaii would remain as the only new part competing against NVIDIA’s
GK110 core. Only time would tell whether the Hawaii can erupt the
greatness of NVIDIA’s Titan and GeForce GTX 780 GPUs and can their
refreshed cards hold up against NVIDIA’s own refreshed GeForce 700
series cards in value.

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