AMD presents the new R7 and R9 series in an event in Hawaii. The graphics cards announced in the new R family are: R7 250, R7 260X, R9 270X, R9 280, R9 290 and R9 290X. R7 is for gamers with reduced budget while R9 is for enthusiasts.
AMD R7 250 will be the cheapest card in the series. It will have 1GB memory and will cost only $89. A very good news is that AMD Radeon R9 290X Battlefield 4 edition is a limited edition that includes the game itself.
There are 3 fundamental characteristics for the R7 and R9 series:
1. GCN architecture – support for DirectX 11.2 and improved energy efficiency. The new Radeon R9 GPU is capable of over 5TFLOPS compute power, over 4 billion triangles/sec, To complete the gaming environment, it benefits from over 300GB/sec memory bandwidth;
2. Ultra HD 4k resolution – AMD proposes a new VESA standard. There are already displays to support this standard. Drivers supports for automatic configuration of popular displays;
3. AMD TrueAudio Technology – a fully programmable audio engine. It will provide a new artistic freedom for developers. It enables you to hear hundreds more audio channels in the game, than previously possible;
The technology will reduce the CPU computation by using the GPU to render the sound. AMD is working with manufacturers to deliver TrueAudio capable headsets and speakers.
TrueAudio will be available only on R7 260X, R9 290 and R9 290X.
Genaudio comes to the gaming scene with the Astound surround technology. It can supposedly create an immersive sound even with stereo headphones, so gamers could have a more realistic backdrop and environment, soundwise of course.
Eidos Montreal is working on the upcoming Thief reboot. The game is said to allow more freedom to the user. Soundwise, it will use convolution reverb so that they can provide even better positional audio.
Xaviant presents their ongoing shooter - Lichdom, which will support the new AMD TrueAudio. Lichdom will come in summer 2014 on PC.
The prices for the new boards are as follows:
R7 250 1GB = $89
R7 260X 2GB = $139
R9 270X 2GB = $199
R9 280x 3GB = $299
R9 290X 4GB = ?
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