AMD reveals the Radeon R9 290X, their next-generation GPU

By Scorpus
Sep 25, 2013
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  1. For the last few days, AMD has been throwing their GPU14 Tech Day event in Hawaii, gearing tech media up for the reveal of their next-generation graphics card. We've seen a few leaks surrounding this card, known as the Radeon...

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  2. Razer

    Razer TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 131   +11

    ..let the (price) war begin.. :D
  3. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,670   +868

    Cant wait for benchmarks. Leaked benchmarks showed that this GPU was faster than the Titan. Now we have to see the price.
  4. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 585   +79

    Now they're just recycling all their old naming scheme. it seems like these two companies only know how to use two naming schemes. it's either three digit letter like 580/680/780. or the 8800/7900/8900. one of these days somebody who knows nothing about computers is going to pick up a old piece of hardware for some ridiculous price off ebay because the naming is so similar. I can just see some poor guy buying a radeon X780 thinking it's gtx780. or buying a 8800gt (almost 10 year old) thinking it's a HD8850.
    JC713 likes this.
  5. Scorpus

    Scorpus TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 528   +67 Staff Member

    Leaked benchmarks are likely faked. Check back in October for the final benchmarks from the GPU we'll be receiving at the Tech Day here in Hawaii
  6. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,670   +868

    True. The benchmarks were in percentages, so that was fishy.

    Yeah I was thinking this also. Good point.
  7. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,851   +342

    Well theres only so many number sequences one can use. Id rather it be called a 290X then a HD 11750.
  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,781   +638

    Live stream of the event here:
    http://www.pcper.com/live/

    So far you haven't missed anything. One hour start delay, a rehash of TressFX, and a repeat of the unified gaming talk given a while ago
  9. The name of the card should be based on their Crysis framerate Max settings at 4k resolution
  10. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 585   +79

    There's more to the naming than just three and four digit scheme. how many cars do we have out there, and yet, we identify them all. I am not saying we start naming them Nvidia Panda, or that nature. but there're way more option than sticking to the two and recycling them. you can either add generation number after the model number, or use non numerical names.
    dennis777 likes this.
  11. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,670   +868

    I really like the look of the shroud. Is the R9 290 just a higher clocked 7970?
     
  12. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,127   +492

    Been waiting for this for awhile, now we will see the competition start to stiffen up!
  13. Scorpus

    Scorpus TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 528   +67 Staff Member

    No details on this card yet at the event
  14. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,781   +638

    The R9 290 is the salvage part of Hawaii (Hawaii Pro- 2560 shaders seems a popular number based on the internal architecture).
    The missing R8 series seem to be a straight up rebrand of the 7970GE with possibly a 20MHz clock bump (970 core, 1070 boost)
    JC713 likes this.
  15. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TechSpot Booster Posts: 940   +94

    Intel CPU's with IGP's are more of a concern to the masses, and no one is writing articles about them being confused about what an i3, i5 and i7 are, so why would GPU's be the straw that breaks the camels' back? Anyone buying a discrete card for upwards of $150, know what they are buying, before they buy it. Period.
    Arris likes this.
  16. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 800   +201

    I like the name redirection and proposed specifications, the cards look nice; can't wait to see them perform.
    The 4K hookup is sweet.
  17. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,127   +492

    I think im in love with that cooler design, the Titan/780 and the R90X GPU coolers are the best we have seen in years. Though me personally, if I grab some of those, im tearing it off for a waterblock :p.
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  18. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 585   +79

    if it makes you feel better. Intel's naming scheme is confusing too. just think Core 2 Duo (dual core, vs Core Duo (dual core) VS Core 2 Solo, which is not dual core but single core , VS Core 2 quad,which is quad core 2nd gen..... whew... hope I got that right.. these guys really gotta learn how to name better.

    and you don't need to be an expert to drop $150 on a video card. anyone who is looking to replace their old dell or busted HP comp with their graphic card went up in smoke because of poor cooling design will be looking at getting a card that's way beyond $150. **** I have my own customized water cooling rig with custom paint job, that's overclocked from 2.4ghz to 4ghz, and a HD7970 that's clocked at 1.2ghz even I am confused sometime.
  19. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,670   +868

    Too bad it is a blower :p. The ones on the 7000 series were really loud.
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  20. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,127   +492

    Talk about a blower, I bet 3 of those cards will still be quieter than one of my HD 6990s. Talk about a Jet taking off lol, 2 of those just were horrible in noise.
    JC713 likes this.
  21. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 585   +79

    The dual card Nvidia 9800GX2 I had was loud as a window AC.
  22. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,127   +492

    You had one of those no way, ive only actually ever met one person in real life who had one of those cards and he has it sitting on his desk as we speak lol.
  23. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 585   +79


    I did indeed. the thing was so loud and hot that you could cook a full meal in the case. I remember 120 celsius was normal for that card during gaming. too bad that thing didn't last. but that's not the biggest problem. the biggest problem was SLi wasn't optimized for the games you play until a year after the games are already out. so you would be playing most games at a single 9800gt speed until they come out with proper optimization a year later anyway.

    that was a waste of money.
  24. The "OUR most powerful GPU ever" statement says a lot to me... Then, there's the FireStrike benchmark graph itself. The R9 290X is leveled up to a 7k score. Well, a GTX 780 already 8k.
    Finally, Plus, if the R9 290 Series would be "killing" the TITAN - or the GTX 780 for that matter -, I don't doubt AMD would have said it quite clearly.
  25. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,470   +299

    I was thinking the same thing however, they don't state what settings they used, if it's 4k on extreme settings they are awesome scores, if default 1080p though, these are not very impressive?

    DivideByZero, what do think about these benchmark scores?


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