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AMD's R9 300 Series Nearing Release; Early Details Leaked?

Category: Video Cards
Posted: 11:10PM

It looks like AMD isn't going to sit idly by in the video card world, as apparently it is planning to release the R9 300 series shortly. We may get the new cards this month even, or at the very least around the start of Spring. The flagship card will more than likely be the R9 390X running a Fiji XT core, with an R9 390 on a Fiji Pro core. Considering the R9 290X debuted as the flagship nearly 16 months ago, it is definitely time for AMD to get something new available. These R9 390X cards should be exceptionally fast, as they're expected to make use of SK Hynix's 3D stacked High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) to deliver up to four and a half times the bandwidth of GDDR5. This would mean 640GB/s of bandwidth on a 4096-bit bus and 1.25GT/s transfer rate, with a 1024-bit input/output interface. The R9 390X could have 4GB of HBM, along with 4096 GCN cores and maybe even a water cooler instead of an air cooler.

There is also rumor of a dual-GPU R9 395X2 planned for the end of the year, with a water cooler and $1499 price tag. First things first will be the R9 390X, 390, 380X, 380, 370X, 370, and R7 360 sometime in the next few months. We'll have to see exactly what these cards will be like and if they'll truly have that HBM memory on the 390X, but if so, they may be the new cards to consider. The other cards in the lineup will make use of GDDR5, with the R9 380X having 4GB on a 512-bit interface, the 370X running 3GB on a 384-bit interface, and the R7 360 featuring 2GB on a 256-bit interface.

Sources: WCCFTech [1], [2], [3], and KitGuru

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