AMD’s Radeon R9 290X Battlefield 4 bundle is now available for pre-order through a few Swedish retailers, which debunks rumors that the bundle is being postponed for some unspecified reason. In addition to the pre-order list, we have now confirmed the specifications of the Radeon R9 290X GPU as well as a benchmark score in 3DMark 720479 b21 2013. AMD GPU
AMD Radeon R9 290X Battlefield 4 Bundle available for pre-order
A few hours ago, the specifications of AMD’s Radeon R9 280X, Radeon R7 260X and Radeon R7 240 were confirmed by leaked GPU-z screenshots. Now we can also confirm the specifications of the Radeon R9 290X. AMD’s Radeon R9 290X is based on Hawaii’s flagship GPU, the most powerful chip AMD has ever built, as revealed at GPU ’14 press conference.
The new card uses Hawaii’s all-new GPU architecture which directly targets NVIDIA’s top dog, aka the GK110 GPU. The Radeon R9 290X features a full Hawaii chip with 2816 shaders (SP), 44 ROPs (raster operators) and 176 TMUs (texture mapping units). The Radeon R9 290X GPU is clocked at a base clock of 800 MHz and supports GPU boost frequency up to 1000 MHz. The memory is clocked at an effective clock speed of 5 GHz.
One of the biggest changes AMD has made to their Radeon R9 290X graphics card is the addition of a 512-bit bus interface over the 384-bit bus on their latest generation Radeon HD 7970. The Hawaii GPU comes with it. a total of 4GB GDDR5 memory which is less than that of the GK110-based Titan but higher than the 3GB GeForce GTX 780 which comes in at about the same price. The higher 512-bit bus allows for ridiculously higher bandwidth at over 300 GB / s, which is enough for the Hawaii GPU. The card uses the latest AMD CrossFireX technology allowing Quad-Way GPU functionality without the need to equip a CrossFire cable since the signals are sent through the PCIe bus interface.
AMD mentions that the new CrossFire technology for AMD Radeon R9 290X is designed for AMD Eyefinity and UltraHD (4K) resolution configurations. The new technology, as mentioned earlier, allows direct access between the GPU’s display pipelines via PCI-Express, so no external connectors are required. The technology is fully compatible with AMD’s Catalyst frame boost technologies which help reduce the frame boost issues encountered with multi-GPU setups that have been a huge issue with the Radeon 7000 series. Finally, the slide mentions that users would experience no performance penalties with Sideport compared to the traditional external bridges used for CrossFireX.
|AMD Radeon R9-290X||AMD Radeon 7970||GeForce GTX 780||GeForce GTX Titan|
|GPU code name||Hawaii||Tahiti||GK110||GK110|
|GPU process||28 nm||28 nm||28 nm||28 nm|
|Stream processors / TMU / ROP||2816/176/44||2048/128/32||2304/192/48||2668/224/48|
|Basic clock||800 MHz||925 MHz||863 MHz||837 MHz|
|Turbo clock||1000 MHz||N / A||902 MHz||876 MHz|
|VRAM||4GB||3 GB||3 GB||3 GB|
|Memory bus||512 bits||384 bits||384 bits||384 bits|
|Memory clock||5 GHz (effective)||5.5 GHz (effective)||6 GHz (effective)||6 GHz (effective)|
|Power configuration||8 + 6 pins||8 + 6 pins||8 + 6 pins||8 + 6 pins|
|VRM PCB||5 + 1 + 1||5 + 1||6 + 2||6 + 2|
|Die size||424 mm2||365 mm2||551 mm2||551 mm2|
|Release date||October 15, 2013||January 8, 2012||June 23, 2013||February 21, 2013|
|Introductory price||$ 599 – $ 649 (more for the Battlefield 4 bundle)||$ 549||$ 649||$ 999|
As you can see from the pre-order listings discovered by Videocardz, the card is available for SEK 7,499, or around $ 800. We can’t confirm if the official price would be just as high, but the high price is expected until AMD or retailers officially start preorders. Until then, expect steep prices.
The most interesting thing about the pre-order is that while AMD originally planned to ship only the limited edition copy of Battlefield 4, Webhallen, on the other hand, also offers the Battlefield 4 bounty on top of what appears to be a good deal.
As for the new benchmarks, this 3DMark score from a very reliable source shows that the card is indeed faster than the GeForce GTX 780 and a little higher than the GeForce GTX Titan which scores around 9000 marks. The slower Radeon R9 290 would be against the GTX 780, but its real competitor is NVIDIA’s upcoming GeForce GTX 770 Ti, which would bring the GK110 to a still affordable price range. The AMD Radeon R9 290X will officially release on October 15th, in the meantime, enjoy a photo of two Hawaii GPUs running in CrossFire mode by James Prior aka Cavemanjim from AMD!
To note – The 3 GB memory reported by 3DMark is a bug that is caused with some graphics cards like the Titan 6 GB and the Radeon R9 290X.