AMD quietly Launches Radeon R9 370X to Take on Nvidia GTX 950
While the whole hardware industry had its sights set on the radical Radeon R9 Nano, AMD on Thursday morning quietly launched another new graphics card at the same time. The Radeon R9 370X has made its debut to combat Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 950 and GTX 960, in the sub-$200 market.
However, the latest offering from AMD is not aimed at users in the United States.
The new R9 370X is based on the 28 nm “Trinidad XT” silicon – the same graphics processor found in the older Radeon R9 270X. The chip features 1,280 stream processors, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and either 2GB or 4GB of memory with a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface.
According to TechPowerUp, Sapphire has already outed its Vapor-X variant overclocked to 1200 MHz, with 5.60 GHz (GDDR5 effective) memory, providing 179 GB/s of bandwidth. There is a pair of 6-pin PCIe power connectors to power up the cards, while display outputs include two DVI, and one each of HDMI and DisplayPort.
AMD has confirmed the launch and specs of the product, and when asked why the launch was so low-key, a spokeswoman told PCWorld: “The R9 370X is regionalized product which is today limited to the China market.”
As for competition, the new Radeon R9 370X is set to take on Nvidia’s $160 GeForce GTX 950 graphics. Although AMD already has the Radeon R7 370 competing in the low-mid budget segment, the GTX 950 outperforms the R7 370, while being the same in terms of pricing.
So releasing a slightly faster R9 370X would likely help AMD regain strong footing in the entry-level GPU market.