AMD Radeon 300 Series Already On Sale In Retail Stores – R9 390X, 390, R7 370 and 360
Apparently BestBuy didn't get the memo for AMD's Radeon 300 series launch date, because the retailer has already started selling the cards. You can buy an AMD Radeon R9 390X, R9 380, R7 370 or R7 360 directly from the retailer. As the cards can already be found on shelves. We've covered the arrival of these cards to BestBuy two days ago. At which point a person who works there confirmed via reddit that they have received shipments of AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB, R9 390 8GB, R7 370 and R7 360 cards.
The photos above are credited to Legitreviews who have actually visited a BestBuy and found the cards on sale. Unfortunatenly if you have the itch to buy one now you're probably better off waiting until the official launch date. Because BestBuy has been known to attach some premiums to the pricing for GPUs and this particular indecent is no exception.
AMD Radeon 300 Series Already Available For Sale In BestBuy - Hefty Premiums Attached
The Radeon R9 390 for example which has an MSRP of $329 is being sold for $369, while the $107 R7 360 is being sold for $150. These markups aren't exclusive to AMD Radeon cards either. The $349 GTX 970 SSC for example is being sold for $379, which is $30 over the actual price of the card. If we deduct the $30 premium found on the GTX 970 from the the XFX DD R9 390 8GB and the R7 360, we get $339.99 and $119 respectively, just $10 over MSRP . Which is expected considering these are custom cooled cards with unlocked voltage control and lifetime warranty.
This will obviously not be an issue when the cards are officially released, because BestBuy accepts price matching. Unfortunately seeing as how BestBuy is the only retailer selling 300 series cards as of right now, there is nothing to price match to.
Below you can find the MSRPs for each Radeon 300 series graphics card as we have detailed them in an exclusive five days ago.
|Enthusiast||R9 390X 8GB||Enhanced Hawaii XT||$429|
|Enthusiast||R9 390 8GB||Enhanced Hawaii Pro||$329|
|Performance||R9 380 4GB ||Tonga Pro||$225|
|Performance||R9 380 2GB||Tonga Pro||$195|
|Performance||R7 370 4GB||Pitcairn Pro||$165|
|Performance||R7 370 2GB||Pitcairn Pro||$135|
|Performance||R7 360 2GB||Bonaire Pro||$107|
It's important to note that the R9 390X 8GB will not be AMD's fastest graphics card. The Radeon flagship is actually Fury X. A brand new graphics card featuring the company's most advanced and powerful GPU, code named Fiji. Which also happens to be the first GPU in the world to feature 3D stacked High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM for short.
|WCCFTech||AMD Radeon R9 Fury X2||AMD Radeon R9 Fury X||AMD Radeon R9 Nano||AMD Radeon R9 Fury||AMD Radeon R9 290X|
|GPU||Fiji XT x 2||Fiji XT||Fiji XT||Fiji Pro||Hawaii XT|
|GCN Compute Units||128||64||64||56||44|
|Render Output Units||128||64||64||64||64|
|Texture Mapping Units||512||256||256||224||176|
|GPU Frequency||TBA||Up to 1050Mhz||Up to 1000 MHz||Up to 1000 MHz||1000Mhz|
|Memory||8GB HBM (4 GB Per Chip)||4GB HBM||4GB HBM||4GB HBM||4GB GDDR5|
|Memory Interface||4096-bit x 2||4096bit||4096bit||4096bit||512bit|
|Memory Frequency||500Mhz||500Mhz||500 MHz||500Mhz||1250Mhz|
|Effective Memory Speed||1Gbps||1Gbps||1Gbps||1Gbps||5Gbps|
|Memory Bandwidth||1024 GB/s||512GB/s||512GB/s||512GB/s||320GB/s|
|Cooling||Liquid||Liquid, 120mm Radiator||Air, Single Fan. Custom AIB Solutions Later||Air, Custom AIB Solutions||Air, Single Blower Fan|
|Performance (SPFP)||17.2 TFLOPS||8.6 TFLOPS||8.19 TFLOPS||7.2 TFLOPS||5.6 TFLOPS|
|Power Connectors||Dual 8-Pin||Dual 8-Pin||8-Pin||Dual 8-Pin||6+8 Pin|
|New Prices||TBA||$649||$499||$549||$299 (Retail)|
|Launch Date||Early 2016||24th June 2015||7th September 2015||10th July 2015||24th October 2013|
We have yet to see the new Radeon Flagship, Fury X, arriving to retailers. Perhaps the card will initially be sold directly by AMD similarly to how the GTX Titan X was immediately available directly from Nvidia after release. Yet it took a few days for the add-in-board partners to sell the card through retail and e-tail.
AMD’s officially launching the Radeon 300 series of graphics cards on June 16th at E3 and the event will be live streamed over the web. Until then we’ll make sure to keep you updated as more information is made available to us, so stay tuned.
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