AMD Officially Releases The Radeon R9 290 Graphic Card – Enthusiast Level Gaming Performance At $399

Hassan Mujtaba

AMD has officially launched their Radeon R9 290 graphic card today which is the second card to feature the GCN powered Hawaii GPU core. The Radeon R9 290 comes with the same Hawaii GPU which was featured on the R9 290X last month which currently dominates the $549 market range bringing absolutely stellar performance at a cheaper price range compared to its competition.

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With the launch finally taking place, its time to get down and talk about the specifications of the latest Hawaii graphic card briefly. You can see the reviews from various tech sites in the following links provided:

The Radeon R9 290 comes with 2560 Stream processors which means only 40 CU’s enabled on this Hawaii part. As for clock speeds, we are looking at 947 MHz max frequency which is yet again adjustable from the Dual BIOS switch with which you can enable Quiet mode or Uber mode depending on your usage. For memory, we have 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM running across a 512-bit interface that will pump out 320 GB/s bandwidth at a clock speed of 5.0 GHz.

The Radeon R9 290 will be powered with an 8+6 Pin power configuration which represents a TDP of over 250W. The display outputs include Dual-DVI, HDMI and Display port with Eyefinity compatibility and just like its bigger brother, it is supposed to run games at 4K resolution with ease. The Radeon R9 290 is available in the market as of now for a price of around $399.

The results we are looking at shows that the Radeon R9 290 is just a few percentages ahead of the GeForce GTX 780 at reference clocks but performance surpasses the GeForce GTX Titan when overclocked. The most notable thing here is that the temperatures between the R9 290X and R9 290 are same featuring the same cooler and has two profiles (Uber/Quiet Modes). The TDP of the card is around 250W and you can see the performance and Frame Rating test in the charts at the bottom of this article.

AMD Radeon R9 290 Series Specifications:

  AMD Radeon R9 290X AMD Radeon R9 290 GeForce GTX 780 GeForce GTX Titan
GPU Codename Hawaii Hawaii GK110 GK110
GPU Process 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm
Stream Processors 2816 2560 2304 2668
Base Clock 800 MHz 900 MHz 863 MHz 837 MHz
Turbo Clock 1000 MHz 947 MHz 902 MHz 876 MHz
VRAM 4 GB 4 GB 3 GB 6 GB
Memory Bus 512-Bit 512-Bit 384-Bit 384 Bit
Memory Clock 5 GHz (effective) 5 GHz
6 GHz (effective) 6 GHz (effective)
Power Configuration 8+6 Pin 8+6 Pin 8+6 Pin 8+6 Pin
PCB VRM 5+1+1 5+1+1 6+2 6+2
Die Size 438mm2 438mm2 551mm2 551mm2
Launch Date 24th October 2013 5th November 2013 23rd June 2013 21st February 2013
Launch Price $549 $399 $649 $999

AMD Radeon R9 290 Series Specs

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