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AMD Radeon R9 280 Announced; a Better Version of HD 7950

AMD’s high-end R9 graphics card series is getting a new addition in the form of Radeon R9 280.

The 280 is relatively a re-branded version of the Radeon HD 7950 but differs in the price factor. While the 7950 retailed for $450 at launch, the 280 will be for just $280. The R9 280X, a bit more powerful version of the card, will retail for $300, which is still far from what the HD series retailed at.

The R9 280 is based on the same Tahiti GPU as the older Radeon HD 7950 but performs a little faster. A total of 1792 stream processors line the board, along with 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The GPU comes clocked at a frequency of up to 933 MHz. It retains the same 3 GB of memory and has support for AMD’s Mantle API, as well as DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.3.

According to AMD’s press release, they are hoping that the R9 280 will ensure that interested consumers will be able to get their hands on a unit. Compared to Nvidia, AMD cards are more preferred when it comes to mining of cryptocurrency like Lite and BitCoins. The demand has been so high recently that it has caused retailers to raise the prices of AMD cards.

“Following the exceptional demand for the entire R9 Series, we believe the introduction of the R9 280 will help ensure that every gamer who plans to purchase an R9 Series graphics card has an opportunity to do so,” said AMD.

The card is said to arrive in the next few weeks, by which we’ll start getting official benchmarks. The 7950 in comparison is able to run most new games at 30 frames per second in 1080p. The R9 280 should be giving us more than that.