We had reported that AMD would be launching their Radeon R9 290 graphics card on October 31st, but it looks like the launch has been pushed back a week to November 5th. So for those looking to get their hands on the R9 290 you will have to wait just a little bit longer.
AMD has said the delay is because of “driver issues” and has sent out a new driver that gives the card a sizable performance boost. They are asking the press to run tests again using the new driver.
The R9 290 makes use of the same Hawaii chip that the R9 290X uses, but in a cut down form. This means it will have a lower stream processor count (2560) and a lower TMU count (160). The rest of the components are pretty much the same as the R9 290X. Both cards feature a 512-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface supporting 4 GB of memory. The GPU core on the R9 290 is clocked at 947 MHz and the memory at 5 GHz (effective). This adds up to 4.9 TFLOPS of Compute and 320 GB/s of memory bandwidth.
AMD has not announced an official price for the card, but we have heard $449.
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