Wednesday, September 25th 2013

AMD GPU'14 Event Detailed, Announces Radeon R9 290X

AMD announced the new Radeon R9 290X, its next-generation flagship graphics card. Based on the second-generation Graphics CoreNext micro-architecture, the card is designed to outperform everything NVIDIA has at the moment, including a hypothetical GK110-based graphics card with 2,880 CUDA cores. It's based on the new "Hawaii" silicon, with four independent tessellation units, close to 2,800 stream processors, and 4 GB of memory. The card supports DirectX 11.2, and could offer an inherent performance advantage over NVIDIA's GPUs at games such as "Battlefield 4". Battlefield 4 will also be included in an exclusive preorder bundle. The card will be competitively priced against NVIDIA's offerings. We're awaiting more details.

LiveBlog
"Join the Red Team" AMD SVP client products to the press
"The hair in Tomb Raider changed that game (TressFX)" Riiight.
"We are changing the gaming industry"
AMD is gunning for Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) (R9 290X supports UHD @ 60 Hz)
"New consoles raise the bar with gaming"
"It's been a great two years with the HD 7000 series"
AMD announced the R9 series for enthusiasts and gamers ; R7 for price-conscious buyers
AMD lists out a new product stack
R7 250 and R7 260 under $150, R9 270X under $200, R9 280X $299, and R9 290X
R9 290X Battlefield 4 Edition
"Three pillars of the R9 series: GCN 2.0, 4K, TrueAudio, etc
- DirectX 11.2 and improved energy efficiency
- >5 TFLOP/s compute power
- >300 GB/s memory bandwidth
- >4 billion trig/sec
- >6 billion transistors

4X more pixels
- everyday Ultra HD possible
- AMD first to officially support 4K
- Auto-configure 4K resolutions
True Audio Technology
- Revolutionizes game audio, and provides artistic freedom
- Hundreds of more audio channels
- Working with new audio CODEC developers
- Positional audio

Not sold on PureAudio. Nothing Dolby didn't try in the 80s, or Yamaha/Creative in the 90s.
Most game engines already have positional-audio
PureAudio based on "25 years of brain research"
WWYSE and FMOD game audio engines support TrueAudio
the industry dumped the idea of buying $100 sound cards for exclusive EAX5.0 years ago
PureAudio reduces CPU Load: AudioKinetics (WYSE creators)

And finally, the good parts:
"Ruby in that video looks like an older Linda Hamilton" - W1zzard

AMD's Press-release for Radeon R9 and R7 series:
AMD today unveiled the AMD Radeon™ R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X and R7 250 graphics cards, AMD's first GPUs in a new era of gaming defined by UltraHD displays, renewed vigor in game engine development, and a new generation of gamers that expect a more immersive entertainment experience. AMD also introduced the world to Mantle and AMD TrueAudio technology, the latest innovations that redefine the GPU by enabling both gamers and game developers with unprecedented audio and performance enhancements for compatible games.

"The AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards are new GPUs for a new era in gaming," said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, Graphics Business Unit, AMD. "This era is shaped by ultra-resolution gaming and an exciting new generation of highly-anticipated games like 'Battlefield™ 4.' But it's also an era shaped in a very powerful way by our own Unified Gaming Strategy; we've teamed up with the world's top game developers to establish a comprehensive portfolio of games that you can maximize to their full potential only with AMD Radeon™ graphics."

Mantle and Graphics Core Next: Simplifying Cross-Platform Game Development
The award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture in the AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards continues to serve as a driving force behind the Unified Gaming Strategy, AMD's approach to providing a consistent gaming experience on the PC, in the living room or over the cloud -- all powered by AMD Radeon graphics found in AMD graphics cards and accelerated processing units (APUs). The four pillars of the Unified Gaming Strategy -- console, cloud, content and client -- come together with the introduction of Mantle.

With Mantle, games like DICE's "Battlefield 4" will be empowered with the ability to speak the native language of the Graphics Core Next architecture, presenting a deeper level of hardware optimization no other graphics card manufacturer can match. Mantle also assists game developers in bringing games to life on multiple platforms by leveraging the commonalities between GCN-powered PCs and consoles for a simple game development process.
With the introduction of Mantle, AMD solidifies its position as the leading provider of fast and efficient game development platforms. Mantle will be detailed further at the AMD Developer Summit, APU13, taking place Nov. 11-13 in San Jose, Calif.

AMD TrueAudio Technology: World's First Programmable Audio Pipeline
AMD TrueAudio technology marks a new frontier in realism for PC gamers. AMD TrueAudio technology empowers game developers with a programmable audio pipeline on the GPU, inviting them to put their unique artistic fingerprint on in-game audio in the same way that the programmable graphics pipeline brought unfettered artistic vision to PC graphics. Enabled games can feature more realistic environmental dynamics, a richer tapestry of sound effects, breathtaking directional audio and more.

AMD TrueAudio technology enhances audio realism by simulating the human brain's perception of real-world sound, working in concert with the user's existing audio hardware to recreate a lifelike experience in upcoming games like "THIEF™" by Square Enix or "Lichdom" by Xaviant Games.

AMD Multi-Display Technology: Redesigned for Ultra-resolution Gaming
The arrival of the next-generation AMD Radeon graphics cards also marks a new chapter in AMD's historic support for stunning display configurations. AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards are made for gaming on UltraHD (3840x2160) displays, including support for non-tiled 2160p60 displays with a future AMD Catalyst driver release. In addition, gamers more accustomed to AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology will be freed to use virtually any combination of display outputs when connecting matching monitors to the DVI or HDMI outputs on their system.

AMD Radeon R9 and R7 Series graphics cards will be available for purchase in the near future.
- AMD announced its alternative to GeForce Experience, the Gaming Evolved app, built in partnership with Raptr.
DirectX 11.1 optimization and 64-bit binaries for BF4 confirmed by DICE, can take advantage of 8-core CPUs.
AMD Developing its own low-level 3D API in partnership with DICE, called MANTLE
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186 Comments on AMD GPU'14 Event Detailed, Announces Radeon R9 290X

#2
DualAmdMP
Welcome back 512Bit Video card:)
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#3
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
I sure hope this card performs better than their livestream does. Its not very live, and its only an hour late.
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#4
n0tiert
"... the card is designed to outperform everything NVIDIA has at the moment...."

we´ll see as soon W1zzard get his hands on that maid


this goes down like oil

:cool:
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#5
Tatty_One
Senior Moderator
by: n0tiert
"... the card is designed to outperform everything NVIDIA has at the moment...."

this goes down like oil

:cool:
It is however difficult for them to predict what the other side might have in the future, although I do sell crystal balls on Ebay :D
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#6
HumanSmoke
Where's the Crossfire fingers ?
AMD decide to handle inter-card communication completely over the PCI-E bus ?
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#7
theoneandonlymrk
by: n0tiert
"... the card is designed to outperform everything NVIDIA has at the moment...."

we´ll see as soon W1zzard get his hands on that maid


:cool:
probably be sooner than you think that review, i mean has anyone heard from wizzard lately:p lucky git:twitch:

woot i can watch the match in peace now
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#8
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
And from what I have been reading, it is suppose to cost about as much as the Titan.....
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#9
erocker
by: HumanSmoke
Where's the Crossfire fingers ?
AMD decide to handle inter-card communication completely over the PCI-E bus ?
Could be wood screws man. lol.

Interesting to see if it's a "mock-up" or something new. :)
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#10
n0tiert
by: HumanSmoke
Where's the Crossfire fingers ?
AMD decide to handle inter-card communication completely over the PCI-E bus ?
yepp anounced to be send via PCI-E bus (XDMA)
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#11
Crap Daddy
by: HumanSmoke
Where's the Crossfire fingers ?
AMD decide to handle inter-card communication completely over the PCI-E bus ?
Either this or they forgot something while being in a hurry to start the livestream which is not starting.
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#13
Ahhzz
by: HumanSmoke
Where's the Crossfire fingers ?
AMD decide to handle inter-card communication completely over the PCI-E bus ?
http://www.techradar.com/news/computing-components/graphics-cards/amd-showcases-their-next-generation-gpu-the-radeon-r9-290x-1183950?src=rss&attr=all
Most notable it seems is that gone are the Crossfire connectors. Crossfire will now be handled via PCI Express. Additionally, the Radeon R9 290X will sport two DVI outputs, a DisplayPort output, and an HDMI output.
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#16
cheesy999
by: btarunr
The hair in Tomb Raider changed that game (TressFX)" Riiight
Hey TressFX made an improvement on the game that you could see, which at least puts it above the hoards of identical looking AA's the graphics card industry has been selling to us lately


though the whole frame rate hit does make it very questionable
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#17
HumanSmoke
Pricing on all cards except the one everyone is interested in.

/Damp squib
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#18
Delta6326
Dang some good pricing!

R9 290X I could see $399






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#21
Delta6326
Is it me or are those firestrike scores low? or do you think those on extreme?

by: theonedub
If they were going to undercut Nvidia that hard, they would've announced it immediately. I'd guess less than 0.01% chance of a sub $400 price on that card.
Yeah true I forgot about the R9 290 so R9 290 $399, R9 290X $499?
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#22
HumanSmoke
by: Delta6326
Dang some good pricing!

R9 290X I could see $399
Quite simply, No.Way.

I'd almost certainly say that $399 would be reserved for the R9-290 (Hawaii Pro)

I don't think there's any way the 290X costs $399, meaning that the salvage Hawaii 290 sits only $50 more than the 280X
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#23
theonedub
habe fidem
by: Delta6326
Is it me or are those firestrike scores low? or do you think those on extreme?

Yeah true I forgot about the R9 290 so R9 290 $399, R9 290X $499?
I think $499 is where everyone interested in the card wants to be at, but $599 is the more likely outcome.
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#24
dom99
All I want to know is the price!
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