Monday, September 23rd 2013

Radeon R9 290X Pictured, Tested, Beats Titan

Here are the first pictures of AMD's next-generation flagship graphics card, the Radeon R9 290X. If the naming caught you off-guard, our older article on AMD's new nomenclature could help. Pictured below is the AMD reference-design board of the R9 290X. It's big, and doesn't have too much going on with its design. At least it doesn't look Fisher Price like its predecessor. This reference design card is all that you'll be able to buy initially, and non-reference design cards could launch much later.

With its cooler taken apart, the PCB is signature AMD, you find digital-PWM voltage regulation, Volterra and CPL (Cooperbusmann) chippery, and, well, the more obvious components, the GPU and memory. The GPU, which many sources point at being built on the existing 28 nm silicon fab process, and looks significantly bigger than "Tahiti." The chip is surrounded by not twelve, but sixteen memory chips, which could indicate a 512-bit wide memory interface. At 6.00 GHz, we're talking about 384 GB/s of memory bandwidth. Other rumored specifications include 2,816 stream processors, four independent tessellation units, 176 TMUs, and anywhere between 32 and 64 ROPs. There's talk of DirectX 11.2 support.
It gets better, the source also put out benchmark figures.

The R9 290X is significantly faster than NVIDIA's GeForce TITAN graphics card among the two games it was tested on, Aliens vs. Predators 3, and Battlefield 3. It all boils down to pricing. AMD could cash in on its performance premium, by overpricing the card much like it did with HD 7990 "Malta," or it could torch NVIDIA's high-end lineup by competitively pricing the card.

Source: DG's Nerdy Story
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142 Comments on Radeon R9 290X Pictured, Tested, Beats Titan

#1
VulkanBros
Anything that rises the the performance and lower the prizes are welcome!
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#2
jigar2speed
Amazing - hope this brings down the pricing of TITAN and GTX 780 making things more competitive. :toast:
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#3
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
It will cost half a human soul on release of course, if the final card does indeed beat a Titan. It's going to be severely overpriced, then a few months later (when NVidia release the GK110 without any parts disabled), it will drop in price to pre GTX7xx 7970 price.
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#4
amdftw
Titanfall, booom!:rockout:
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#6
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: RCoon
It will cost half a human soul on release of course,
10 cents then. Seems like a good deal.

(i hate people)

EDIT. Seriously though, if this is correct it would be quite nice in any case.
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#7
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
by: Frick
10 cents then. Seems like a good deal.

(i hate people)
Haha :toast: Anyone hoping this card releases with a reasonable price is delirious. It's going to be as badly priced as the Titan until somebody gets AMD off of the pedastal.
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#8
m6tzg6r
Who cares if it beats a titan, many of my games had issues with amd, with nvidia my problems were solved.
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#9
Fragman
What good is a new card when there drivers sucks totaly im gona change to nvidia for a while to see how that is going
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#10
theoneandonlymrk
by: Fragman
What good is a new card when there drivers sucks totaly im gona change to nvidia for a while to see how that is going
crack on over to the ass slappin line and stop trolling amd threads then:p

you too random number name dude:p
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#11
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
by: Fragman
What good is a new card when there drivers sucks totaly im gona change to nvidia for a while to see how that is going
I've been to both sides, cant say I'm impressed or disappointed with either. I just go where the best performance for my budget is, and so should everyone else.
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#12
Fragman
by: theoneandonlymrk
crack on over to the ass slappin line and stop trolling amd threads then:p

you too random number name dude:p
Hey im running amd 5870 crossfire right now and the amd catalyst drivers sucks
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#13
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
by: Fragman
Hey im running amd 5870 crossfire right now and the amd catalyst drivers sucks
My boss has been running 5770 crossfire for 4 years, and I've still yet to hear a complaint from him.
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#14
MuhammedAbdo
The card tested is overclocked , the final silicon will probably be a little slower than Titan , in other words slightly faster than 780 or equal to it .
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#15
THE_EGG
by: MuhammedAbdo
The card tested is overclocked , the final silicon will probably be a little slower than Titan , in other words slightly faster than 780 or equal to it .
Source? I'd like to know how much it was overclocked (if it was).
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#17
john_
Good numbers and if Kaveri is as strong as many expect it, especially in graphics (I am reading about 832 shaders), AMD is going to increase it's market share in gpus easily.

PS $600 from what I am reading, so don't be so sure that the price will be extremely high.
Don't forget than AMD has nothing over $400 if I am not mistaken. You can't have two models with $600 difference in price (I am not counting 7990) from $400 to $1000 because Nvidia is going to do a party in between these prices.
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#18
Xzibit
by: RCoon
http://videocardz.com/45837/amd-hawaii-gpu-2816-stream-processors

"That said we believe 1020 MHz (1GHz) clock was obtained with this mode enabled. The real clock is lower (around 900 MHz). Without Turbo R9 290X will be slower than TITAN."
They're talking out of there back-side.

They cant confirm anything and are just posting bits of guessing nothing concrete. They have 9 articles with nothing solid other then speculations and guestimations.

"We believe" is another way of saying we have no clue.

No-one knows or has confirmed the base or the boost clocks.
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#19
theoneandonlymrk
by: Fragman
Hey im running amd 5870 crossfire right now and the amd catalyst drivers sucks
works fine for me and has the last two years:eek:yeh really ,frame pacing just made it better but any further me trollin just pm me as this is off topic

As were both your posts in a new gen card release thread dude if you have a driver issue goto a driver issue thread and drop a complaint there because doing it here IS just trollin if you intend that or not;)

by: john_
Good numbers and if Kaveri is as strong as many expect it, especially in graphics (I am reading about 832 shaders), AMD is going to increase it's market share in gpus easily.

PS $600 from what I am reading, so don't be so sure that the price will be extremely high.
Don't forget than AMD has nothing over $400 if I am not mistaken. You can't have two models with $600 difference in price (I am not counting 7990) from $400 to $1000 because Nvidia is going to do a party in between these prices.
wow i didnt see kaveri having that many shaders , that would make a nice steam box;):p
im expecting to pay 450 -550uk notes for a R9 290X:D
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RCoon
Gaming Moderator
by: theoneandonlymrk
works fine for me and has the last two years:eek:yeh really ,frame pacing just made it better but any further me trollin just pm me as this is off topic

As were both your posts in a new gen card release thread dude if you have a driver issue goto a driver issue thread and drop a complaint there because doing it here IS just trollin if you intend that or not;)



wow i didnt see kaveri having that many shaders , that would make a nice steam box;):p
im expecting to pay 450 -550uk notes for a R9 290X:D
I expect it to be competitavely priced based upon its performance against the 780. Somewhere in the £550 range sounds about right.
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#21
renz496
if the base performance indeed exceeding nvidia Titan i can see it will give pressure to drop the price of 780. but i doubt it will change the price of titan at all
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#22
Assimilator
Meh, all of this is willy-waving until reputable reviewers have the actual cards in their hands. At the very least it should drop the price of the GeForce 700 series, which is what I'm looking forward to... been burned by crappy AMD drivers too many times.

And on the topic of crappiness, AMD need to get rid of that POS blower cooler. It works fine at stock clocks, but as soon as you try squeezing an overclock out of it you need to push the fan speeds to unacceptable noise levels to keep the card reasonably cool.
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#23
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
by: Assimilator
And on the topic of crappiness, AMD need to get rid of that POS blower cooler. It works fine at stock clocks, but as soon as you try squeezing an overclock out of it you need to push the fan speeds to unacceptable noise levels to keep the card reasonably cool.
Reference cards are designed for reference clocks. Nowhere does it say AMD or anyone else design their blower coolers to specifically support the temperatures generated from overclocking. That's what board partners and aftermarket coolers are for ;)
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#24
Zubasa
by: Assimilator

And on the topic of crappiness, AMD need to get rid of that POS blower cooler. It works fine at stock clocks, but as soon as you try squeezing an overclock out of it you need to push the fan speeds to unacceptable noise levels to keep the card reasonably cool.
There will be plenty of cards with aftermarket coolers anyways ;)
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#25
Blín D'ñero
by: Assimilator
Meh, all of this is willy-waving until reputable reviewers have the actual cards in their hands. At the very least it should drop the price of the GeForce 700 series, which is what I'm looking forward to... been burned by crappy AMD drivers too many times.

And on the topic of crappiness, AMD need to get rid of that POS blower cooler. It works fine at stock clocks, but as soon as you try squeezing an overclock out of it you need to push the fan speeds to unacceptable noise levels to keep the card reasonably cool.
That is an ES card; the block shroud is not representative for the retail card.

I have my 7970's running at 1100/1500 (CCC Overdrive) and you can hear them during gaming (when you take the headphones off) but i wouldn't call that woosh unacceptable. It's not like my old X1900XT. Their reference coolers have improved.

Burned by drivers? That was an nVidia feature iirc...
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