For those waiting for a dual Hawaii-based graphics card you might not have to wait that much longer. ASUS is planning to launch their custom built ARES III Hawaii-based card at Computex 2014. The ARES brand is ASUS’s custom built dual-chip graphics lineup based on AMD GPUs.
But the inside truth was revealed by a slide posted by DG’s Nerdy Story which says that the Hawaii chip has so much more to offer than just this. The chip inside the Radeon R9 290X has 4 Compute Units disabled and this clearly shows that the full fledged chip is yet to be launched and we just haven’t seen it in full form as yet.
Expreview decided to go in quite some detail with the HIS-branded AMD reference design Radeon R9 290X graphics card as it was taken apart piece by piece for a review which predominantly revealed the specs and the features. This detaching was done to reveal some of the major components and features such as the cooling system, the PCB, the VRM, and one of the most highlighted of all, the all new 28 nm “Hawaii” silicon.
The block diagram for AMD’s next generation R9 290 series “Hawaii” chip has been leaked by EasyCom in their review of the R9 280X. Recently we covered the R9 Series in detail and talk about the specifications, but until now very little was known about the Hawaii chip itself. Now we will get to see the architectural changes the Hawaii chip has made over its predecessor Tahiti.
In just about 6 hours AMD’s GPU ’14 Tech Day will start and be live streamed straight from Hawaii. This is a huge day for AMD and they will be announcing a new graphics card series “Volcanic Islands” after a 2 year hiatus. What a better place to announce this new graphics card series than the volcanic islands of Hawaii.
In an exclusive interview with Forbes, Matt Skynner who is the corporate vice president and general manager at AMD’s Graphics Business gave some insight about the price of the next generation Hawaii GPU pricing. Over the past few weeks we have heard rumors that it would be the same as NVIDIA’s Titan ($999) or that it would cost far less around $500-%650. Here is what Matt had to say about that in his interview…
One of the fastest performing GPU has been leaked out along with a few specifications, thanks to the efforts of Chiphell. The AMD’s Hawaii R9-290X GPU from the ‘Volcanic Islands’ series has beaten the NVIDIA Titan which was so far the best in performance and speed and was also one of the most expensive.
We know that AMD will be announcing their Volcanic Islands based Hawaii GPU in Hawaii on September 25th. After the announcement AMD plans to mass ship the card to retailers through its AIC partners. Digitimes who has sources close to the upstream supply chain say that AMD will be giving the greenlight to its partners after announcing the Hawaii GPU in September after which manufactures including ASUS, MSI and Powercolor would be mass shipping the Hawaii GPU based cards to retail channels.
Since we have announced that AMD will be announcing their new Hawaii GPU on September 25th at an event in Hawaii the big question many people have been asking is how much the card will be at launch. Until now that was a real mystery, but Fudzilla is reporting that the card will cost below $600!
We have confirmed that AMD will be unveiling their new Hawaii GPU at a press event on September 25th in Hawaii. That is more than a month away, but it seems that there are press samples of the card already circulating around. One has been possibly spotted on the Chiphell forums.