Originally Posted by cdoublejj
what is the "r9" supposed to designate? 9 thousand series, technically they skipped 8 thousand series. would an hd9850 be called?
The R9 designates the performance segment. as in, this number: HD 78
The 2XX designates the generation, as in this number : HD 7
The final two numbers denote the minor performance difference in the segment, same as the current system.
In a way this new nomenclature kind of makes sense. If you buy an R9 card, you're buying high-end, always. The first number is the indicator of performance in its given generation, an arguably more important number than what its actual generation is. An HD 6970 is a superior card to an HD 7750, but to someone with no knowledge of how these naming schemes work, the HD 7750 might seem like the superior card. With this new scheme, it'll be easier for people to understand that an R9 series card is superior to an R7, since it's the first number in the chain. Granted that's probably not going to hold true forever (an R7 580X will hopefully outperform an R9 280X), but I'd say it's a step in the right direction.