AMD releases two new Radeons

AMD has released two Radeon GPUs as it attempts to extend its control over the gaming  graphics market.

The AMD Radeon R9 270X and AMD Radeon R9 280X, GPUs have both been designed with gamers in mind. The Radeon R9 270X graphics card is targeted for 1080p gaming and the Radeon R9 280X graphics card is designed for 2560×1440 resolution and loaded with 3GB of memory.

They both use Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, and Mantle, which is technology developed by AMD to harness the GCN-powered cores of both PCs and consoles.

Mantle-enabled games are supposed connect to the base-code of the GCN architecture and get hardware optimisation benefits. Radeon R9 Series graphics cards also have UltraHD (4K) and AMD Eyefinity.

Matt Skynner, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD said that the combo of GCN architecture and Mantle, unlocked graphics performance was entrenched in the DNA of all AMD-powered GPUs.

He said that there were also plans to install the same sort of technology in all AMD APUs too.

The Radeon R9 280X, which was codenamed Tahiti XT and will cost $299 while the Radeon R9 270X is based Tahiti LE will retail for $199.