AMD Radeon R9 290 launch price announced

AMD is beating Nvidia in the price war and making a noise of it

November 5, 2013
AMD Radeon R9 290X header hardware

AMD has launched the new Radeon R9 290, the second of their Hawaii GPUs based on a tweaked version of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.

The Radeon R9 290 is very close to its larger sibling, the R9 290X, but retails for a much lower price tag. At launch the R9 290 will cost just $399 in the US and Canada.

That’s $150 down from the R9 290X and $50 down from the price-cut Geforce GTX780.

The R9 290 will be available from this week at several retailers, although stocks will be limited due to high demand overseas. AMD’s RRP is around R6,000 but can be expected to fluctuate as our exchange rate with the Dollar changes.

Specification
Radeon R9 290X
Radeon R9 290
Geforce GTX Titan
Geforce GTX780
Shader Cores
2816 2560 2688 2304
Raster Operators
64 64 48 48
Texture units
176 160 224 192
Clock speed 727MHz 727MHz 837MHz 863MHz
Boost speed 1000MHz 954MHz 876MHz 900MHz
Memory speed 1250MHz 1250MHz 1502MHz 1502MHz
VRAM buffer 4GB 4GB 6GB 3GB
Bus width 512-bit 512-bit 384-bit 384-bit
Bandwidth 320GB/s 320GB/s 288GB/s 288GB/s
TDP 300W 300W 250W 240W
Current price $549 $399 $999 $500

The R9 290 has just a few shaders cut from its chip design, dropping down to 2560 shader cores. That also brings down the total number of texture units to 160, but the number of raster operators, default VRAM size and clock speed as well as the memory bus remains the same.

As is tradition with AMD’s high-end GPUs, the reference heatsinks are the same and do not differ in the slightest.

The video port selection is also identical and the power requirements (and indeed power consumption) are also very similar. The R9 290 is $150 cheaper than the R9 290X, and only a slightly slower.

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Tags: AMD, AMD Hawaii, GCN, Geforce GTX Titan, Geforce GTX780, Graphics Core Next, Hawaii, headline, Radeon R9 290, Radeon R9 290X

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