AMD Radeon R9 290X to cost similar to GTX 780

Published: 27th Sep 2013, 09:30 GMT

AMD Radeon R9 290X Official (3)

Let me just round up the latest information about R9 290X that is currently available.

Let’s start with the official one, for those who forgot about the event that took place two days ago in Hawaii (unless you are an audiophile, you didn’t miss a lot).

Official AMD specs:

  • Over 5 TFLOPS computing power
  • More than 4 billion triangles per second
  • More than 6 billion transistors

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Softpedia specs:

  • 11 CUs (compute units)
  • 44 SMIDs (11 per CU)
  • 2,816 stream processors
  • 176 TMUs (Texture Mapping Units)
  • 44 ROPs (Raster Operating Units)
  • 4GB GDDR VRAM (6GB models will come later)
  • a 5+1+1 phase design (5 Phase Core and 1 Phase memory)
  • 2 x DVI ports / 1 x HDMI / 1 x DisplayPort
  • 8-Pin plus 6-Pin power connectors (300W TDP)

 Today Softpedia added this information:

Unlike the Radeon R9 290X, which AMD will restrict to the reference design for a while, the R9 280X will only be shipped as custom models from OEMs. Probably because it’s little more than a rebrand of the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.

TechPowerUP about 384-bit interface

Few minutes ago there was a rumor about 384-bit interface on the R9 290X, which first appeared on TPU. it was already removed along with the following comment:

btarunr: It’s 384-bit, yet 4 GB. Mixed density memory chips (just like GTX 660 Ti from NVIDIA). This is what happens when AMD flies people thousands of miles, and doesn’t leave them with a definite specs sheet – confusion.

They removed it for either two reasons: it’s not true, or they were afraid they already said too much. Take it as you will, but it would explain 6GB memory variants mentioned by Softpedia.

Gibbo from spoke about the pricing on the new graphics cards, including R9 290X. He also mentioned that OCUK will sell the BF4 bundle which was shown during the GPU14 event.

R270 is HD 7950 re-boxed and these shall be reference design in beginning and prices from £170 region, so same as our lowest price 7950’s. So OcUK is already at the new price, the newly boxed R270’s will arrive middle-end October.

R280X is the HD 7970 GHz re-boxed and these shall be reference design in beginning and prices shall be around £230 region, so same again as our lowest priced 7970’s. This makes our current Asus 7970’s a bargain as they are TOP and Platinum cards, the equivalent of these in R280 X shall be in the £250-£300 region and available in their R280 X packaging around end of October.

R290 X unfortunately I cannot release pricing or specification info yet, but price wise its similar to GTX 780 but slightly faster, right now, of course AMD could change the launch price at any time.

Linus from linustechtips made a fist hands on R9 290X. According to him the red stripes on the cooler actually illuminate (watch from around 11:30):

Where are CrossFire connectors?

The mystery behind the missing crossfire fingers may lead to the technology called Sideport. In few words this technology could support the crossfire connection through the PCI-E slots rather than separate connectors.

Here’s an old article about HD 4870 X2 from anandtech, which might give you more information about this technology. Of course AMD could now call it in a different way, but the idea is still there.


Launch date

Although this is not confirmed, we should expect R9 290X hitting the shelves in second or third week of October. The launch will be focused around Battlefield 4, which you can also preorder with the R9 290X starting from October 3rd in selected stores.


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Images source: techPowerUP

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