TechPowerUp writes the rollout of custom-design cards based on AMD's Radeon R9 290 and R9 290X GPUs has been delayed. AMD missed its late-November window for providing its partners with sufficient chips and it seems the launch may even be postponed to the new year.
German tech site ComputerBase heard from its sources that custom-design Radeon R9 290 cards could launch first, in the mid/late-December through January time frame, and that custom R9 290X cards could follow even later.
One AIB partner which did not want to be named, attributed it to under-supply of the "Hawaii" silicon, and not any design defects that AMD is working to correct.
Getting custom cards out of the door is quite important for AMD as the reference-based models are not only noisy but also fail to prevent performance throttling under heavy load.