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AMD Radeon R9 280X and R9 290X Set for Release This Month

Posted by Jim Tanous on October 3, 2013
AMD R9 280X 290X

AMD’s next line of GPUs, unveiled late last month, may roll out sooner than expected, according to a report from VideoCardz. With a new “R” series branding, the top two cards – the Radeon R9 280X and the R9 290X – may hit shelves later this month.

Advanced units of both cards have reportedly already reached reviewers, and the word from sources familiar with AMD’s plans is that the 280X NDA will lift on October 8th, followed by the 290X on the 15th. With the NDA lifted, review sites will be able to publish their impressions of the cards, and models from a variety of manufacturers will hit retailers shortly thereafter.

Little is thus far known about the performance expected from GPU lineup; AMD’s unveiling made only brief mention of theoretical performance levels and synthetic benchmark scores. The 290X, however, with a promised 5 TeraFLOPs of computing performance, is poised to take the single-GPU performance crown away from NVIDIA’s GTX Titan, which has a theoretical maximum of 4.5 TeraFLOPs.

The complete lineup, once released, will span five models in total, ranging from the entry-level R7 250 to the aforementioned R9 290X. Four manufacturers are expected to have R-series cards at launch: ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, and Sapphire.

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