AMD Radeon R9 290X Battlefield 4 Bundle Available For Pre-Order – Specifications Confirmed, Benched in 3DMark

AMD Radeon R9 290X Battlefield 4 Bundle Available For Pre-Order – Specifications Confirmed, Benched in 3DMark

AMD’s Radeon R9 290X Battlefield 4 bundle is now available for pre-order by a few Swedish retailers
which debunks the rumors about the bundle getting postponed for an
unspecified reason. Along with the pre-order listing, we now have
confirmed specifications of the Radeon R9 290X GPU along with a benchmark score in 3DMark 2013.

AMD Radeon R9 290X Battlefield 4 Bundle Available For Pre-Order

A few hours ago, the specifications of AMD’s Radeon R9 280X, Radeon R7 260X and Radeon R7 240
were confirmed through leaked GPU-z screenshots. Now we can also
confirm the Radeon R9 290X specifications. AMD’s Radeon R9 290X is based
on the company’s flagship Hawaii graphics processing unit which is the
most powerful chip ever built by AMD as revealed at the GPU ’14 press

The new card makes use of the brand new Hawaii GPU architecture which
is aimed directly against the top dog from NVIDIA aka the GK110 GPU.
The Radeon R9 290X features a full blow Hawaii chip with 2816 Shaders
(SPs), 44 ROPs (Raster Operators) and 176 TMUs (Texture mapping units).
The Radeon R9 290X GPU is clocked at base clock of 800 MHz and supports
GPU boost frequency upto 1000 MHz. The memory is clocked at an effective
clock speed of 5 GHz.

One of the biggest changes made by AMD in their Radeon R9 290X
graphics card is the addition of 512-bit bus interface compared to the
384-bit bus on their last generation Radeon HD 7970. The Hawaii GPU
comes with a total of 4 GB GDDR5 memory which is lower than the GK110
based Titan but higher than the 3 GB GeForce GTX 780 which falls just
around the same price point. The
higher 512-bit bus allows for ridiculously higher bandwidth over 300
GB/s which is sufficient enough for the Hawaii GPU. The card uses the
latest AMD CrossFireX technology
allowing for upto Quad-Way GPU functionality without the need to equip a
CrossFire cable since the signals are being sent via the PCIe bus

AMD mentions that the new CrossFire technology for AMD Radeon R9 290X
is designed to for AMD Eyefinity and UltraHD (4K) resolution setups.
The new technology, as mentioned before allows for direct access between
GPU display pipelines over PCI-Express hence no external connectors are required. The technology is fully compatible with AMD’s Catalyst
frame pacing technologies which help reduce frame pacing issues faced
with Multi-GPU setups which have been a massive problem with the Radeon
7000 series. Lastly, the slide mentions that users would face no
performance penalty by with Sideport versus traditional used external bridges for CrossFireX.

  AMD Radeon R9-290X AMD Radeon 7970 GeForce GTX 780 GeForce GTX Titan
GPU Codename Hawaii Tahiti GK110 GK110
GPU Process 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm
Stream Processors/TMUs/ROPs 2816/176/44 2048/128/32 2304/192/48 2668/224/48
Base Clock 800 MHz 925 MHz 863 MHz 837 MHz
Turbo Clock 1000 MHz N/A 902 MHz 876 MHz
VRAM 4 GB 3 GB 3 GB 3 GB
Memory Bus 512-Bit 384-Bit 384-Bit 384 Bit
Memory Clock 5 GHz (effective) 5.5 GHz (effective) 6 GHz (effective) 6 GHz (effective)
Power Configuration 8+6 Pin 8+6 Pin 8+6 Pin 8+6 Pin
PCB VRM 5+1+1 5+1 6+2 6+2
Die Size 424mm2 365mm2 551mm2 551mm2
Launch Date 15 th October 2013 8th January 2012 23rd June May 2013 21st February 2013
Launch Price $599-$649 (Plus for Battlefield 4 Bundle) $549 $649 $999

Radeon R9 290X Pre Order

As you can note from the pre-order listings found out by Videocardz, the card is available for 7499 SEK which is around the $800 mark. We can’t confirm whether the official pricing would be just as high but the high price is expected until AMD or retailers are officially said to start the pre-orders. Until then, expect high prices.

AMD Radeon R9 290X Battlefield 4 Premium

The most interesting thing regarding the Pre-Order is that while AMD
had originally planned to ship only the Limited edition copy of
Battlefield 4, Webhallen on the other hand is also shipping the Battlefield 4 premium in addition to that which sounds like a great deal.

AMD Radeon R9 290X 3DMark

AMD Radeon R9 290 Specs

As for new benchmarks, this 3DMark score from a very reliable source
shows that the card is indeed faster than the GeForce GTX 780 and a bit
higher than the GeForce GTX Titan which scores around 9000 marks. The
slower Radeon R9 290 would be place against the GTX 780 but its true
competitor is NVIDIA’s upcoming GeForce GTX 770 Ti which
would bring GK110 at an even affordable price range. The AMD Radeon R9
290X is going to be officially released on 15th October, till then enjoy
a picture of two Hawaii GPUs running in CrossFire mode from AMD’s own
James Prior aka Cavemanjim!

R9 290X CrossFireX

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