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Advanced Micro Devices this week finished introduction of its all-new family of enthusiast-class graphics cards that are based on the second incarnation of GCN [graphics core next] architecture. The new AMD Radeon R9 290 and Radeon R9 290X bring next-generation performance and capabilities and are available now in $399 - $549 price-range.

Both AMD Radeon R9 290 and R9 290X are based on the graphics processing unit code-named Hawaii, which is AMD’s highest-performing graphics chip to date. In addition to new levels of performance, the new GPU features integrated DSPs [digital sound processors] to enable AMD TrueAudio technology, brand-new CrossFire XDMA engine to enable redesigned multi-GPU technology (which provides better efficiency, higher performance and does not require additional connectors), dual DMA engines to provide HSA [heterogeneous system architecture] capabilities on future PC platforms, eight asynchronous compute engines (ACE, which is how AMD calls schedulers/dispatchers) to ensure maximum efficiency in general-purpose processing and a number of other innovations.


AMD Hawaii GPU block diagram

AMD Hawaii GPU – in its fully-fledged configuration – features 2816 stream processor (44 compute units with 64sp per CU), 176 texture units (TUs), 64 raster output units (ROPs), 4 geometry processors, 8 asynchronous compute engines, 1MB L2 cache, six EyeFinity display controllers, various multimedia special-purpose hardware as well as 512-bit memory bus. The chip is made using 28nm process technology and contains 6.2 billion of transistors.

“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,” said Matt Skynner, general manager and corporate vice president of AMD graphics business unit.

Thanks to new raster operating units as well as massive memory bandwidth, the new Radeon R9 290-series graphics cards should offer exceptional performance in high resolutions, including 2560*1600 as well as 3840*2160. Moreover, due to numerous architectural innovations and TrueAudio technology, the new graphics solutions based on Hawaii chip should be very future-proof.

AMD Radeon R9 290 with 4GB of GDDR5 memory is available for $399/€289, whereas AMD Radeon R9 290X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory can be purchased for $549/€399.

Tags: AMD, Radeon, Hawaii, Sea Islands, GCN, 28nm

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Mantle is Nvidia's iceberg. The R9 290 is just the tip. Ahoy Mr Huang! Have you got enough safety boats for all the poor engineers that will end up at the bottom of the deep blue tech sea? The SS Tegra isn't going to rescue you. And no amount of PR money given for favourable reviews/ product placement/ negative AMD FUD is going to keep you afloat. Abandon ship, I say, abandon ship!
6 8 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/09/13 07:15:54 AM]
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4 8 [Posted by: rawe  | Date: 11/09/13 11:24:44 AM]
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Hating doesn't change reality. There will be no 600w TDP nor 200C temps. There will just be better graphics thru good engineering provided by AMD.

People buy what makes them happy. At the moment AMD has the upper hand in GPU. Nvidia is slowly dying as the market for discrete CPU/GPU begins to shrink dramatically with Kaveri and Carrizo APUs and Nvidia has no effective plan to re-invent their business.
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0 7 [Posted by: rawe  | Date: 11/09/13 01:11:06 PM]
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Get off this forum, village idiot.
5 3 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 11/10/13 03:53:36 AM]
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APUs were never suppposed to replace discreet graphic cards. What are you talking about?
1 0 [Posted by: John Hashman  | Date: 11/10/13 04:30:00 PM]
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Now there's an idea two APU's mounted on PCI-E cards, crossfired, in conjunction with an existing APU for processing power.
0 1 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 11/11/13 12:26:39 AM]
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Nvidia is slowly dying as the market for discrete CPU/GPU begins to shrink dramatically with Kaveri and Carrizo APUs


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2 0 [Posted by: rawe  | Date: 11/11/13 12:47:04 PM]
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Beenthere never said they were, they are just gaining alot of popularity with the mainstream computing segments where 95% of the pc users reside when it comes to buying PC tech.

As long as there are enthusiats there will always be a market for discrete grpahics. But you can't run a business well for long when you only cater to the 5% of the pc market (read Nvidia)
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I can't wait to see the temps and performance of this card flavored a la Gigabyte Windstorm or Sapphire Toxic sauce.

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