AMD has delayed the launch of the much-anticipated Radeon R9 290 to 5 November.
AMD gives no details as to why the launch has been delayed but 3DCenter.org reports that a new driver in the works that may improve performance significantly. If true, this means that the reviews done on the R9 290X are not representative of final performance, possibly placing it much higher than the GTX780 in terms of performance.
The delay may also be due to increased demand of the R9 290X following a rather successful launch and positive reviews by the media and enthusiasts alike. With a launching price tag of $549, forcing Nvidia to apply a price cut to the Geforce GTX780, along with several performance optimisations for future games promised, it’s clear that there’s been pent-up demand for a new high-end performer from AMD for some time.
In a press release sent out to retailers, distributors and journalists, the boost clock, memory speeds and TDP (thermal design power) were detailed. Below follows a table showing a comparison of the high-end cards available in the market as well as the new details about the R9 290. Note that the price of the GTX780 has been adjusted to reflect Nvidia’s new RRP.
||Radeon R9 290X
||Radeon R9 290
||Geforce GTX Titan
The R9 290 will share the same cooler design and memory speeds as the R9 290X, leading to my estimation that it may trail the R9 290 by 10-15% in benchmarks. However, with some light overclocking, it should be able to match the R9 290X.
One interesting thing to take into account, though, is that the R9 290X is already more than 10% faster than a stock GTX780 and trades blows with the GTX Titan. When you take into account that the GTX780 is the target of the R9 290, you’re going to be getting GTX Titan performance for nearly half the price with the R9 290.
AMD will be holding a developer summit on 11 November to talk about the future of their products as well as the new Mantle API, labelled by many including AMD as a game-changer.