Understanding AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series Graphic Cards Features: GCN, Mantle, TrueAudio, 4K UltraHD Gaming

AMD Radeon R9 290X
AMD Radeon R9 290X

AMD Radeon R9 and R7 series are the latest AMD graphic cards for “new era of gaming” with features like Graphics Core Next (GCN), Mantle, UltraHD (4K) gaming, TrueAudio. Read on to learn more about each graphic card feature.

Graphics Core Next (GCN)

Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture is not only support DirectX 11.2 gaming, it is also AMD’s first design specifically engineered for general computing.

The GPU has 32 compute units – each with a scalar coprocessor – that are capable to handle workloads traditionally exclusive to CPU.

With GCN Architecture, the GPU can offer better performance, better image quality, and more power efficiency.


Mantle is a new application programming interface (API) to enable game developers direct communication to AMD GPU, resulting in higher performance and higher quality gaming.

Mantle also helps game developers to develop games to multiple platforms by leveraging the commonalities between game consoles and OC for a simple game development process.

Mantle requires application support. Battlefield 4 will support Mantle with a December patch.

AMD TrueAudio

AMD TrueAudio technology is the world’s first programmable audio pipeline on the GPU. Enabled games can feature more realistic environmental music, richer sound effects and directional audio. It enhances audio realism by simulating the human brain’s perception of real-world sound.

UltraHD (4K) gaming

AMD Radeon R9 and R7 series graphic cards are made for gaming on 4K UltraHD (3840×2160) displays.

With AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology, you can connecting multiple monitors to the DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort.

AMD R7 series

AMD Radeon R7 260X
AMD Radeon R7 260X

AMD R7 series includes R7 260X, R7 250 and R7 240. All AMD R7 graphic cards support DirectX 11.2, Mantle, OpenGL 4.3 and 4K resolution. R7 260X also supports TrueAudio technology and video codec engine.

Maximum memory is up to 2GB. Maximum displays are 2 for R7 250 and R7 240, R7 260X support 3 with DVI/HDMI, 4 using DisplayPort and 6 with an MST hub.

AMD R9 series

AMD Radeon R9 series is AMD’s highest end graphic cards: R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X, R9 270X and R9 270.

All R9 supports DirectX 11.2, Mantle, and OpenGL 4.3, video codec engine and 4K resolution. Only R9 290X and R9 290 supports TrueAudio technology.

Maximum memory for R9 290X, R9 290 and R9 270X is 4GB GDDR5. R9 280X supports up to 3GB and R9 270 supports up to 2GB.

Maximum displays supported is 3 with DVI/HDMI, 4 using DisplayPort, 6 with an MST hub.


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