AMD Is Rebranding R9 270 In AMD R7 370, Suggests Leaked Picture
A recent picture featuring AMD’s R7 370 GPU suggests that the featured GPU will use GCN 1.0 silicon instead of AMD’s GCN 1.2 architecture. In other words, the upcoming GPU from AMD is mere a rebrand of a 3 years old GPU.
According to an online news source, AMD’s R7 370 GPU will be a rebranding of R9 270. In the below picture of the GPU, a single Crossfire finger is visible. Which means the device can’t employ one of the significant features of AMD’s newer GCN GPUs, that is XDMA Crossfire. Hence, it leads onlooking interpreters to construe the absence of GCN 1.2 architecture.
As AMD is building its new GPU lineup on the older silicon model, it is handicapping the possibility of incorporating newer GCN features. More descriptively, users of the rebranded models miss higher levels of DirectX 12 support, XDMX (Bridgeless) Crossfire, Full FreeSync support, and so on.
According to Robert Hallock, AMD’s Head of Global Technical Marketing, “The current line of GCN graphic units available from AMD are limited to Feature Level 12_0, which is a stage below rival Nvidia’s Level 12_1 support with its Maxwell series of cards.”
For buyers, the only major attraction in rebranded GPUs will be the increased clock speeds and lesser price tags.
The news sources believe that the missing features can drive potential buyers to Nvidia. The latter has based the entire lineup of its GPUs on brand new silicon, whose architecture is more power efficient that what AMD is using.