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Truly Immersive Technology: AMD Graphics Cards
AMD stands for Advanced Micro Devices. Creators of the world’s first high-performance GUP, AMD is now the leading force in the gaming industry, with AMD graphics cards at the heart of every major games console. Combining breakthrough architecture, software, and APIs with cutting-edge technologies, AMD are dedicated to manufacturing products that change the way people interact with technology to deliver truly immersive experiences.
Radeon Graphics Cards
A division of AMD, Radeon is the company’s flagship consumer line, featuring graphics cards, processors, and motherboards. Radeon graphics cards are suited towards video games and other consumer applications, and go head-to-head with other leading graphics cards such as the NVIDIA GT and GTX lines. With a broad host of specs targeted at multiple consumer levels, Radeon AMD graphics cards range from entry-level to cutting-edge, innovative technologies that deliver astonishing performance with every frame.
FirePro AMD Graphics Cards
From simple systems with minimal resources, to highly-complex systems that are resource intensive, the FirePro line has been designed to provide unique solutions for business needs. FirePro AMD GPUs are the ideal choice for those looking to power multi-monitor displays, medical and financial workflows, accelerated graphic design, video editing and animation, computationally intensive workloads, engineering and more. Incredibly powerful and optimized for professional applications, FirePro AMD graphics cards deliver unbeatable performance.
Flawless FreeSync Technology
Most monitors today have a frame rate of 60 Hz or 60 frames per second. This means that if your graphics card is capable of 90+ Hz, then tearing occurs in the image. The most common solution has been VSync. This forces the graphics card to slow down and meet the monitor’s frame rate; however, this can cause stuttering and lag when games are demanding. This is where FreeSync comes in. FreeSync works to eliminate the lag caused by VSync by synchronizing the graphics card and the frame rate of the monitor. The result: silky smooth graphics and flawless gameplay.
Understanding AMD’s Numerical System
To help consumers choose when purchasing an AMD graphics card, AMD use a specific naming and coding system for both the Radeon and FirePro lines. Below is a guide to better identifying AMD GPUs.
Performance Level: R5, R7 and R9
All AMD Radeon graphics cards are prefixed with one of the following: R5, R7 or R9. They denote stages of development as well as the consumer and performance level. R5 was the first line of AMD graphics cards on the market. This was followed by both R7 and R9 in 2013—aimed at the mainstream performance and high-end gaming markets respectively. R5 is entry level, R7 is mid-level, however, there is a significant range in capabilities that makes them worth considering for any consumer, while the R9 line is geared towards enthusiasts and overclockers. Note: AMD uses the same basic coding system for both their desktop and laptop GPUs; however, there are essential differences between the series numbers.
AMD Graphics Cards Series Number for Laptops
Within this there are varying degrees of power determined by the serial number. As a rule: the larger the serial number, the more recent and powerful the GPU. Both the R7 and high-end R9 lines for laptops are divided into series denoted by the letter M, for example: M200 Series, M300 Series, and M400 Series, with each one of these containing sub-series such as the R9 M485X or R9 M470X for increased specificity.
AMD Graphics Cards Series Numbers for Desktops
AMD graphics cards for desktops follow a similar structure, though there are two key differences that should be noted. The first is that AMD desktop GPUs are not preceded by a letter, they are simply a number, for example: R9 200 Series and R9 300 Series. Again, there are varying degrees of power such as the R9 380 or the R9 390X within the R9 300 Series. The second important difference is that the high-end R9 includes two lines that are not numerically coded. These are the R9 Fury Series and the R9 Nano—which are the latest and most powerful additions to the AMD desktop graphics card line.
FirePro Professional Grade AMD Graphics Cards
FirePro is AMD’s professional line of graphics cards for workstations. This succeeds the FireGL series, the FireMV series, and the AMD FireStream series. These graphics cards are divided into three series: V, W and Multi-View, each one followed by a serial number that ascends in relation to performance, for example, FirePro W4100 and FirePro W7100.
Choosing the Right AMD Graphics Card
In addition to the model number, there are several things to take into account before you buy an AMD graphics card. The first is bandwidth; AMD graphics cards are the first to feature high bandwidth, helping to prevent bottlenecking and improve performance. The second is your existing platform; make sure that your system capabilities match the graphics card that you purchase, otherwise you’ll lose the power of a high-end graphics card. The same applies to the physical space available in your machine. Ensure the measurements fit before purchasing an AMD graphics card. In the same vein, it’s important to ensure that the AMD graphics card you purchase matches your needs. For example, many games won’t require a high-end graphics card to reach their full potential.