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AMD Radeon R9 and Radeon R7 Review Roundup – Officially Available In Retail Stores Around the Globe

The AMD Radeon R9 and AMD Radeon R7 series graphic cards are now officially available around the globe from various AIC partners of AMD. The AMD Radeon R9 and Radeon R7 feature impressive price to performance ratios and deliver amazing gaming performance with the robust GCN architecture from AMD. (PC, Tech)

steve30x  +   475d ago
From what Ive heard the R9 280X is a rebranded HD7970 GHz edition

Just in case people think I am lying heres where I heard it from

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johny5  +   475d ago
so? It's a HD7970 that's more affordable for every one and it's three to four times more powerful then the next gen consoles!
steve30x  +   475d ago
SO I was just giving you guys the information.
johny5  +   475d ago
Well it's not actually a rebrand as it has Mantle, Directx 11.2 and open gl 4.3 with true audio built in!

They may also overclock better since they improved the 28nm process so expect around 1.2 to 1.3 ghz no problem!
steve30x  +   475d ago
Tom Logan got 1150MHZ out of the Asus R9 280X Top

Azurite  +   475d ago
Mantle works with a bit older models too, not just Hawaii.
Bolts  +   475d ago
True Audio is absolutely worthless. Like most AMD products the lack of software support will murder this feature. It also doesn't help that True Audio isn't available brand wide, but rather limited to a select high end models.

So unless AMD spend millions paying a dev to implement it in their game the chances of this being coded is zero.
Bolts  +   475d ago
While the rebranding make sense from the marketing perspective, this news is bad for the AMD fanboy camp. These cards are basically old tech slapped with a shinny new name. Smart AMD fans will avoid the new R series like the plague and mop up the more affordable brands up.

If it weren't for AMD lousy software support and (still!) pathetic Cross Fire game performance, I would be joining the Red team right about now.
johny5  +   475d ago
ok? that's the same Nvidia did with the GTX 700 series?
WarThunder  +   475d ago
Nvidia did with the GTX 700 series...

"AMD lousy software support" i have been using AMD for a year now, never had a single problem with the Drivers.
Bolts  +   475d ago
Then you haven't been gaming a lot lately. BF 3, Rage, Rome Total War 2, Shogun 2, just to name a few were games that had horrible driver issues when Nvidia cards did not. If you actually own a 7990 then you'll understand how incredibly disappointing it is.

Switching to Nvidia for my BF3 build was the smartest move I have ever made.
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Polysix  +   475d ago
Get a GTX780 and avoid this nonsense.
SlapHappyJesus  +   475d ago
While I do believe the 780 is the best cost/performance card on the market at this time . . . AMD is still the build to go with if looking into a brand new PC and these cards go a long way to cementing that fact.
As an Nvidia person, AMD is really pulling their weight at the moment.
WarThunder  +   475d ago
"780 is the best cost/performance card on the market"


GTX780 cost $649
HD 7970 GHz is $350

And the GTX780 is slightly faster.
I would not pay double the price to get 10 or 15fps more

If i want to spend $650 on a video card i would ad $50 and get the HD7990 http://www.amazon.com/MSI-R...

Which is x2 faster and cost only 50 bucks more.

So the HD 7970GHz and the HD7990 gives you more power per dollar/euro
Both are the best price/performance card on the market
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badz149  +   475d ago
780 best cost/performance LOL!
SlapHappyJesus  +   475d ago
In my defense, when you look at the post as a whole, that is really meant when talking Nvidia cards in general . . .
Nvidia will always be the "if you have the cash" choice for PC gaming. While I have it in my machine, I will never claim it is the best cash/performance out there. That's just a lie.


Thanks for the insight. I am a better man for reading that response of yours.
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steve30x  +   475d ago
The GTX780 is way too expensive. If it is reduced by at least another €100 it might be worth buying .
johny5  +   475d ago
I suspect with with other brands we might get 1.2gz! I easily get between 1.2ghz and 1.3ghz with my first edition Nvidia gtx680 before they took away voltage control.

I think third party cards with better heat control with more voltage might get that? AMD r9 290x Lightning Edition anyone?
Yukicore  +   475d ago
GTX 770 is an alternative for good performance, better drivers, although a bit more expensive than 7970, performance is better in most games.

But there are some games that do take advantage of the card, and get along fine with the drivers. But speaking of that, when I had 7950, I had some games that were running really badly on the card, with 770, runs like a charm.

Nvidia is more balanced and fluid experience, AMD is more of a hit or miss. I don't like that.
clouds5  +   475d ago
You only need that kind of card if you play above 1080p. You should buy your video card with your specific monitor in mind, not just because of raw power, unless money doesnt matter.
I've been a nvidia and amd user in the past, for me the deciding factor was always bang for the buck and right now i think it's AMD (I've got a 7870 for a very good price). Another big reason is that consoles have Radeon GPUs so with console ports there should be an edge with Radeon cards. That is just an assumption of course but it's a logical assumption :)

And if money really is an issue you could get a 7850 with a good stock cooler (like the Asus DirectCU II) and overclock it. These cards can take alot of overclock! You can basically turn a 7850 into a 7870 if you are willing to overclock.
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