AMD Releases 'Affordable' Radeon R9 290 for US$399

AMD Releases "Affordable" Radeon R9 290 for US$399

Following AMD's most extravagant GPU launch in a long time, the company has launched a slightly pared down edition of the Radeon R9 290X in the form of the Radeon R9 290. With a suggested retail price of just US$399, it's quite a bit more affordable than the company's top offering at US$549, the AMD Radeon R9 290X.

Fortunately, it retains much of the processing prowess and features that the Radeon R9 290X boasted, including AMD TrueAudio technology, AMD Mantle API, 4K gaming and ribbon-less XDMA based AMD CrossFire among others like the improved GCN core. What's different from the "X" edition is a slightly reduced number of stream processing units and a tad lowered clock speeds. This sounds like a great option for those who can't reach for the R9 290X variant.

AMD Radeon R9 290 GPUs Compared
Model AMD Radeon R9 290X AMD Radeon R9 290
Core Code Hawaii Hawaii
Transistor Count  > 6 billion  > 6 billion
Manufacturing Process 28nm 28nm
Core Clock Up to 1000MHz Up to 947MHz
Compute Performance 5.6 TFLOPS 4.9 TFLOPS
Stream Processors 2816 2560
Texture Mapping Units (TMUs) 176 160
Raster Operator units (ROP) 64 64
Onboard Memory 4GB GDDR5 4GB GDDR5
Memory Clock 5000MHz 5000MHz
DDR Memory Bus 512-bit 512-bit
Memory Bandwidth 320GB/s 320GB/s
PCI Express Interface PCIe ver 3.0 x16 PCIe ver 3.0 x16
Molex Power Connectors 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin 1 x 6-pin, 1 x 8-pin
Typical Board Power TBD TBD
Multi GPU Technology XDMA AMD CrossFire XDMA AMD CrossFire
Display Connectivity
  • 2 x Dual-Link DVI
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 2 x Dual-Link DVI
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x DisplayPort
AMD TrueAudio Technology Yes Yes
API Support DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.3, AMD Mantle
Launch Price US$549
US$579 (with BF4 bundle)

This will certainly put pressure on NVIDIA's recently revised price point for the GeForce GTX 780 at US$499 as the GeForce GTX 770 (US$329) is already competing against the Radeon R9 280X currently.

Meanwhile, stay tuned to more local price updates as we gather news of the locally available Radeon R9 290 based products from the usual vendors.

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