AMD releases Radeon R9 270, announces free games bundles

Mobile APUs also outlined for early 2014
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AMD has released its latest graphics card, alongside a promotion offering free games.

The AMD Radeon R9 270 joins the existing R9 line of cards, including the recently released ‘Titan-killer’, the R9 290X.

The £140 card, which is said by AMD to be “ideal for gamers looking to play the latest games at 1080p with high settings”, features 1,280 stream processing units, a 925MHz engine clock, 2GB of GDDR5 memory and 2.69 TLFOPS of compute power.

"The AMD Radeon R9 270 GPU continues AMD's tradition of delivering world-class performance, features and multi-monitor support at an incredible value," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager of the graphics business unit at AMD.

The card is based on AMD’s ‘Graphics Core Next’ architecture, and supports the Mantle API, which aims to make porting games from PC to consoles and vice versa easy, alongside a boost in hardware performance.

"With Mantle, exceptional performance and ultimate gaming experiences are synonymous with AMD Radeon R7 and R9 Series graphics cards,” added Skynner.

“Once again, AMD proves that Radeon is gaming."

As well as the announcement of the card, AMD has revealed a series of holiday promotions that offer free games to customers buying any of the R9 cards, as well as those opting for other select cards.

R9 purchasers will receive a free copy of Battlefield 4, the performance of which AMD has said will be “substantially” improved through the use of the Mantle API.

Other cards (see AMD’s site for more details) can grab gamers a copy of Sleeping Dogs, Hitman Absolution, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, DiRT 3 and Sniper Elite V2, with the Radeon R7 260X also netting gamers the upcoming game Thief.

AMD also announced new products for its processor line.

New mobile Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) due for early 2014 and codenamed ‘Mullins’ and ‘Beema’ will deliver “more than two times the performance-per-watt of the previous generation [of APUs]”, according to the company.

"AMD is establishing excellent momentum this year in the low-power, mobile computing market and with 'Mullins' and 'Beema' coming in 2014 we are not standing still," said Mark Papermaster, AMD's chief technology officer and senior vice president.

"AMD aims to deliver a set of platforms in the first half of next year that will outperform the competition in graphics and total compute performance in fanless tablets, 2-in-1s and ultrathin notebooks."

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