Following the launch of the AMD Radeon R9 290X last week, the rumor mills have started up once again in regards to a couple of other product launches we're expecting in the coming weeks. Beginning with the Radeon R9 290, the little brother to the R9 290X, reports have begun to appear relating to its alleged launch price.
With the R9 290X priced at $549, it's believed the R9 290 will be available for $449, featuring the same Hawaii core with a few disabled compute units. Going on leaked specifications, the graphics card comes with 2560 stream processors, a base core clock of 900 MHz with a boost of 946 MHz, and 4 GB of 5 GHz (effective) video memory on a 512-bit bus.
In the Nvidia camp, the GeForce GTX 780 Ti is being readied as a serious competitor to the R9 290X. Rumor has it the GPU will essentially be a faster version of the GTX Titan, clocking the core and memory higher rather than unlocking the final SMX unit on the GK110's die.
Supposed 3DMark benchmark scores from the GeForce GTX 780 Ti indicate the card is marginally faster than both the Titan and the R9 290X. Nvidia is expected to launch the card at $649: $100 more than the 290X, with the company betting on its faster performance to make it seem attractive to prospective buyers.
Both the Radeon R9 290 and GeForce GTX 780 Ti will reportedly launch very shortly, just in time for the holiday gaming period. If you're thinking of picking up a new GPU for your system, it may be worth waiting a few weeks to see how these new cards turn out.
The Radeon R9 290X is AMD's latest and most powerful GPU set to go head to head with Nvidia's GTX 780 and the GTX Titan, in spite of being offered at a lower price at launch. The R9 290X GPU core is clocked at 1000MHz and packs a 4GB frame buffer. The R9 290X sports a pair of dual DL-DVI connectors, an HDMI 1.4a port, a DisplayPort 1.2 socket and a dual BIOS switch, it supports a max resolution of 2560x1600 on up to three monitors as well as Ultra HD.
The GeForce GTX Titan is a single GPU graphics card packing 2688 SPUs, 224 TAUs and 48 ROPs. The card's memory subsystem consists of six 64-bit memory controllers (384-bit) with 6GB of GDDR5 memory running at 6008MHz, which works out to a peak bandwidth of 288.4GB/s
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 features two dual-link DVIs, one HDMI and one DisplayPort connector. With 2304 CUDA cores at its disposal, 3GB of RAM and 64-bit memory controllers for a 384-bit wide memory bus. Paired with a 6008Mhz GDDR5 memory clock, it provides up to 288.4GB/sec of peak memory bandwidth to the GPU.
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