R9 290 (Non X) Release Date Confirmed – R9 290X Coming Tommorow

R9 290 (Non X) Release Date Confirmed – R9 290X Coming Tommorow

We have gotten confirmation from
multiple sources that the R9 290 will be releasing on 31st October. Ie
the end of this month. Meanwhile the R9 290X Amd’s Flagship Hawaii GPU will be making its debut tomorrow.

R9 290 (Non X) Coming 31st October and R9 290X Coming Tomorrow (24 Oct)

AMD’s flagship Hawaii GPU is launching tomorrow and we are super
excited. Also co incidentally the embargo for the same will be lifted,
giving way to a flood of information about AMD’s next gen ‘Titan’ (excuse the pun).

Basically the R9 290 is the same silicon (Hawaii) and the same fab
process (28nm) in a cut down form. The cut down includes a lowe stream
processor count, 2,560, and a lower TMU count, 160. The rest of the
components on the chip are identical and a mirror image of the R9 290X. Both the R9 290X and R9 290 feature 512-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface,
supporting 4 GB of memory. The GPU core is clocked at 946 MHz, and
memory at 5.00 GHz, with a decent 320 GB/s of memory bandwidth.


More importantly however due to a leak at Chinese forums, we now have
confirmation that the R9 290 will Launch 31st Oct with its bigger
brother coming out tomorrow. The AMD launch is basically just a few
hours away for the R9 290X. Once the embargo is officially lifted (at
release) reviews and benchmarks (legit) this time will show up.

We were happy to see this Hawaii silicon emerge so silently, but it
should really have been to expect. AMD has known about the GK-110 chip
that powers Titan and the GTX 780  so it has had close to 18 months to
prepare a proper response.

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