AMD Radeon R9 290X Rivals NVidia TITAN For Half The Price

AMD launched the AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics card.

“As the pinnacle of our new AMD Radeon R9 Series graphics cards, the AMD Radeon R9 290X GPU embodies AMD’s leadership as the ultimate graphics solution for an exceptional gaming experience, affirming that Radeon is gaming,” said Matt Skynner, general manager and corporate vice president, AMD Graphics Business Unit. “The formidable combination of Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, Mantle and AMD TrueAudio technology raises the bar for breathtaking audio and graphics, and powerful performance, giving enthusiasts an unprecedented gaming experience.”

AMD Radeon R9 290X supports Mantle and AMD TrueAudio which allows the card to deliver a richer and deeply immersive soundscape, including true to life echoes, convolution reverbs and incredibly realistic sounding environments using a dedicated audio processor.

According to benchmarks performed by hardware review sites, the R9 290X performance is comparable to that of NVidia's TITAN. In fact, the R9 290X was able to outperform TITAN by a narrow margin in nearly half of the benchmarks. NVidia TITAN retails for $999, nearly twice as much Radeon R9 290X.

AMD Radeon R9 290X technical specs are as follows:

- 2,816 stream processing units
- Up to 1 GHz engine clock
- 4GB GDDR5 memory
- Up to 5.0Gbps memory clock speed
- 320GB/s memory bandwidth (maximum)
- 5.6 TFLOPS Single Precision compute power
- API support for DirectX® 11.2, OpenGL 4.3 and Mantle

The AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics cards are available on Oct. 24, 2013 at a starting price of $549 USD and €399.

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Titan was the best single graphics CPU for more than half a year, until now, and probably still is the best computing CPU (CUDA and coding CPGPU application) except bitcoin farming. So overall, if you are an enthusiast, the TITAN price was okay for its benefits. Nvidia, sold thousands at a very yummy margin for them... so good for them, I expect them so slash a couple of hundred off the titan within the next week, same for the 700 family products. Regardless, I will wait 5 months until Nvidia releases the 800 family and reclaims its performance crown by a wider margin than the 290x beats the Titan.

but it`s still an AMD. I

but it`s still an AMD. I Tried a FirePro and it was a mess, Quadro 4000 was rock solid. It`s a trust/worry issue and I don`t know what will fix it ? True it could have been a bad shipment but hey, Nvidia worked.

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