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
Add your own comment

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

#1
Xzibit
Roph said:
Eh, so AMD's "Mantle" thing is basically like 3DFX's Glide?

Even as an AMD user I'm not sure I like the sound of a proprietary API like that. I'd much rather see advancements in their drivers / DirectX to get performance closer to the metal instead.
This could be some ingenious way of getting Nvidia to buy AMD...:laugh: It worked for 3Dfx. :laugh:

I don't like the proprietary of it but it works with GCN and future ones. GPU, APUs to SoCs will take advantage of it and might give them an advantage in the growing mobile market via apple IOS, Android JellyBean and Microsoft Windows, Linux.
Posted on Reply
#2
adulaamin
If it's under $500, it's gonna be the first time that I'm gonna buy a card on release. :)
Posted on Reply
#3
GC_PaNzerFIN
LAN_deRf_HA said:
Whats the deal with the non-X cards?
Some things disabled on the GPU. Think of it like HD 7950... compared to X HD 7970.
Posted on Reply
#4
Slomo4shO
adulaamin said:
If it's under $500, it's gonna be the first time that I'm gonna buy a card on release. :)
I would still wait unit Black Friday :toast:
Posted on Reply
#5
EpicShweetness
!!!!so much info!!!!



Yet nothing I want to hear! Were's the damn price, and specifications :nutkick:
Posted on Reply
#6
LAN_deRf_HA
GC_PaNzerFIN said:
Some things disabled on the GPU. Think of it like HD 7950... compared to X HD 7970.
That's even worse than nvidia's shitty "Ti vs non-Ti" naming scheme. Name distinctions should be loud and clear.

Always feels like they're trying to trick people who aren't paying attention into buying their cards over the competition because they saw a review for a better card with a very similar name beating the competition, and here it is on sale for much less money than that competition. When in actuality they're not getting the performance they're expecting.
Posted on Reply
#7
AsRock
TPU addict
theoneandonlymrk said:
he did and its a shame,,, you missed some exciting Bf4 news (still on)and amd bare metal driver APi news , roll on Mantle and who was it wafflin bare metal api a while ago too:D
Not at all BF is just plain boring to me always has been so i guess i was right to stop watching lol... I am much more a OFP\Arma fan.

I do wounder about this comment as HDMI only supports 8 channels and 16 on the newer version
Hundreds of more audio channels
Posted on Reply
#8
theoneandonlymrk
AsRock said:
Not at all BF is just plain boring to me always has been so i guess i was right to stop watching lol... I am much more a OFP\Arma fan.

I do wounder about this comment as HDMI only supports 8 channels and 16 on the newer version
He mentioned hundreds of audio channels but for me it the 9x draw calls that's 180- 240000 instead of 20-30000 per second mantle sounds impressive.
Posted on Reply
#9
15th Warlock
Hadn't been excited about new tech on an AMD card in years, but this new card packs some really interesting features, I wonder if it'll be worth an upgrade when it comes out...

Some interesting tech coming out for PC in the next months, steamOS, Mantle, and finally new focus on audio tech, I despised MS for killing audio acceleration with Vista, I'm glad to see it come back with a vengeance :)
Posted on Reply
#10
PopcornMachine
So all we got today really was a prices on all but the newest cards, no benchmarks, and a boatload of marketing BS.

I mean a big boatload. A shipload.

Really turned off by this. Audio? They most of the time talking about audio!?!?

Not what anybody wanted to hear.
Posted on Reply
#11
acperience7
Getting really hard not scratch my upgrade itch...especially if this card is $550 or lower...Here's hoping!


Love the cooler design BTW.
Posted on Reply
#12
Fluffmeister
PopcornMachine said:
So all we got today really was a prices on all but the newest cards, no benchmarks, and a boatload of marketing BS.

I mean a big boatload. A shipload.

Really turned off by this. Audio? They most of the time talking about audio!?!?

Not what anybody wanted to hear.
I see what you did there.
Posted on Reply
#13
ChristTheGreat
Can'T wait to see review VS the actual market (my HD7950 vs at least the 290 and 290x, cause I won,t switch for 10%, as my card is overclocked)
Posted on Reply
#14
TRWOV
So Mantle is like writing in assembler back in the 90s?
Posted on Reply
#15
15th Warlock
PopcornMachine said:
So all we got today really was a prices on all but the newest cards, no benchmarks, and a boatload of marketing BS.

I mean a big boatload. A shipload.

Really turned off by this. Audio? They most of the time talking about audio!?!?

Not what anybody wanted to hear.
Yes, I would've liked a little more substance on what makes this new card tick and everything, but there's still a lot of info under NDA that'll be slowly released in the following months.

Unfortunately IT companies are going for more bang for their PR escapades as opposed to more substance, that's the effect of living in a post-Jobs world, and that's the problem, most companies want to copy some of Apple's style but not all of them have the resources to organize a press conference and release products a few days afterwards, so they leave us wanting more...

I for one am excited about the audio related tech, I mean, with oculous rift finally getting us closer to having VR games from a visual perspective, I sure am glad someone's paying attention to the audio department :)
Posted on Reply
#16
dir_d
I hope Mantle takes off, id love to play BF4 on linux with mantle.
Posted on Reply
#17
Xenturion
Excellent. They finally dropped the requirement of an active DisplayPort adapter for 'legacy' monitors in EyeFinity. (Presumably eliminating the screen tearing you get on one monitor from using an adapter; not to mention them dying) I suspect a 290 or 280X will be my next card. I'll wait for the reviews, but the healthy helpings of VRAM on both cards should be ideal for triple monitors. Plus, excellent compute performance never hurts.
Posted on Reply
#19
The Von Matrices
Xenturion said:
Excellent. They finally dropped the requirement of an active DisplayPort adapter for 'legacy' monitors in EyeFinity. (Presumably eliminating the screen tearing you get on one monitor from using an adapter; not to mention them dying) I suspect a 290 or 280X will be my next card. I'll wait for the reviews, but the healthy helpings of VRAM on both cards should be ideal for triple monitors. Plus, excellent compute performance never hurts.
Where did you see this information about the removal of the active displayport adapter requirement? I didn't see it anywhere in the presentation.
Posted on Reply
#20
haswrong
so how do i plug the headphones into this new radeon soundcard? time to remove the soundblaster?

why is the outtake blocked by another dvi port and several vents are going to blow hot air inside the case? the cooler cover sucks, the simple one from the first leak rocked. but the dvi connector is the problem, there should have been one line of 6x mini-dp..

who the hell designed this hardware? one step forward, two steps back. no benchmarks, no price, no buy. bye, amd, bye.
Posted on Reply
#21
net2007
Man if this thing really beats the titan I'm selling mine and buying four of these hurry up ek and release full cover acrylic blocks.
Posted on Reply
#22
erocker
Senior Moderator
haswrong said:
so how do i plug the headphones into this new radeon soundcard? time to remove the soundblaster?

why is the outtake blocked by another dvi port and several vents are going to blow hot air inside the case? the cooler cover sucks, the simple one from the first leak rocked. but the dvi connector is the problem, there should have been one line of 6x mini-dp..

who the hell designed this hardware? one step forward, two steps back. no benchmarks, no price, no buy. bye, amd, bye.
Your heatsink/shroud speculation is just speculation. Obviously benchmarks, price and performance numbers are coming. Though, I am too disappointed that these things weren't covered. Not a very long time until release so, we'll see more info any time now.
Posted on Reply
#23
TRWOV
I like the fact that this will push the 7970 into the <$300 territory :rockout:
Posted on Reply
#24
The Von Matrices
TRWOV said:
I like the fact that this will push the 7970 into the <$300 territory :rockout:
It might in the short term when the 7970 is discontinued, but I wouldn't be so sure about Tahiti going below $300 in the longer term. The R9 280X is almost surely a rebrand of the 7970 with higher clock speeds, and the higher clock speed combined with the "newness" of the card will keep its price up. Think of the GTX 770 vs GTX 680 for comparison.
Posted on Reply
#25
Bansaku
Ya...no....

Not really impressed at the FireStrike rating as I get 12000; I think I will keep my HIS IceQ x2 7950HD 3GB CrossfireX. Worth the upgrade if you have a 6000 series or less, but ya no, thanks. But hey, maybe I will change my mind once the card(s) are released and I see real benchmarks. :roll:
Posted on Reply
Add your own comment