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AMD Radeon R9 290X Video Card Review and Analysis

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We analyse the AMD Radeon 290X Hawaii GPU's design and specs, compare AMD and NVIDIA's current GPU and remember Graphics Cores Past.

R9 290X Pricing and Availability



NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780

The cheapest GTX780s as of 24-October 2013:

Region Board Local Price Converted Price Source
Australia Gainward GTX 780 AUD $699 AUD $699
United States ZOTAC GTX 780 USD $625 AUD $651
United Kingdom ZOTAC GTX 780 GBP £503 AUD $844
Europe ZOTAC GTX 780 EUR €526 AUD $725

AMD Radeon R9 290X

Suggested Retailer Pricing for both US and AU was only provided at the last minute. AMD has been holding this close to their chest and was not received until embargo lift time

For the 290X, limited Australian channel pricing is available at launch as of 24 and 27th October:

Region Board Local Price Converted Price Source
Australia PowerColor R9 290X
Sapphire R9 290X Battlefield 4 edition
AUD $659
AUD $699
AUD $659
AUD $699
United States Sapphire R9 290X Battlefield 4 edition USD $579 AUD $603
United Kingdom MSI/XFX/ASUS R9 290X GBP £485 AUD $818
Europe MSI R9 290X EUR €526 AUD $757


Availability in distribution channel, e-tail and retail of 290X should be first week of November.

290x australia stock

Due to selective sampling, extremely limited availably and tight deadlines we are unable to source a review sample to perform our own testing although we had full access to all information and data regarding the new GPUs under AMD and Add in Board Partner embargo. We have even heard numbers for the special Battlefield 4 edition cards (via pre-order) were as low as 8000 units.

Discussions with Add in Board Partners pre-launch revealed that stocks of cards at launch time are extremely limited, to such a degree that these firms are not sampling boards to media in some regions especially since 290Xs will be reference cards initially.

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