AMD shows off the Radeon R9 290X

Posted on Wednesday, Sep 25 2013 @ 22:44 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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AMD is having its 2014 GPU Product Showcase in Hawaii. The upcoming flagship in AMD's new graphics card lineup is the Radeon R9 290X which is based on the Hawaii GPU. There's not a lot of information about the performance of this card and we hear that the sample that AMD showed off at the event looked like an early engineering sample.

Lets take a look at some of the highlights:

  • Radeon R9 and R7 series coming later this year, R9 is enthusiast-class while R7 is for performance users who want a better price/performance ratio

  • R9 290X - 4GB GDDR5, around 3000 stream processors, 512-bit memory bus, pricing unknown. AMD is still secretive about sharing exact details with the general public.
  • R9 280X - 3GB GDDR5, $299, > 6800 in Firestrike
  • R9 270X, 2GB GDDR5, $199, > 5500 Firestrike
  • R7 260X - 2GB GDDR5, $139, > 3700 in Firestrike
  • R7 250- 1GB GDDR5, < $89, > 2000 in 3DMark Firestrike

  • Exclusive R9 290X Battlefield 4 edition will be available for pre-order starting October 3
  • R9 series is based on improved GCN architecture, with better energy efficiency and DirectX 11.2 support
  • R9 290 series offers over 5 teraflops of computing power
  • R9 290 has over 6 billion transistors
  • AMD touts 4K support of R9 series

  • AMD also delivers TrueAudio, a fully programmable audio engine. TrueAudio promises to deliver 100s more voices and more channels in real-time than possible with today's CPUs. Position data is extracted directly from the game to improve surround sound.
  • TrueAudio will be available on R9 290X, R9 290 and R7 260X (not sure if that slide is complete as this would mean they're leaving out the 270X/280X)

    AMD Radeon R9 290X

    Source: TPU & AnandTech

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    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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