This sneakily passed us by, but the latest AMD Catalyst 15.7 drivers also slipped in CrossFire support between the older Radeon R200 series of graphics cards and the recently released Radeon R9 300 series. It seems a bit strange AMD didn’t make a big deal of this with its release notes.
What makes this possible is the shared GPUs between the Radeon R200 and R300 cards. The new series had some minor clock speed bumps and additional GDDR5 memory in some cases, but these were essentially refreshes, so they work together pretty effectively with the older generation cards.
This isn’t the first time AMD has done, there’s been specific instances where it’s worked in the past, but the majority of the R200 series will run with a 300-series variant this time around. If you’ve already got an R200 series card and you’re contemplating an upgrade then this could make your decision a lot easier.
AMD R9 200 & R300 Series Compatibility Guide
- Radeon R9 290X = R9 390X
- Radeon R9 290 = R9 390
- Radeon R9 285 = R9 380
- Radeon R7 265 = R7 370
- Radeon R7 260 - R7 360
On their own the R300 series cards aren’t a huge temptation for Radeon R200 series owners, but when you’re doubling the potential power it starts to make plenty more sense.
Is this news enough to tempt you into an upgrade?