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AMD teases new graphics card ahead of official launch

AMD teases new graphics card ahead of official launch

The AMD R9-290X Hawaii?

AMD has shown off its new graphics card, rumoured to be called the R9-290X Hawaii, ahead of its official unveiling.

Taking to the deck of the USS Missouri on the evening of 24 September, AMD representatives showed the new card for a few brief moments, revealing no details of its specs but giving us a glimpse at the hardware. In advance of the official unveiling this morning we're now allowed to share those images with you.

As would be expected the card is a fairly traditional dual-slot design with AMD's signature black and red livery. The new cooler shroud design features a number of deep grooves in it that largely look aesthetic but could well be for improved airflow.

The card also features two dual-link DVI video outputs along with several DisplayPort outputs (we'll get exact confirmation shortly) as well as six- and an eight-pin auxiliary power inputs.

Ultimately the proof of the pudding will be in the card's silicon and the performance it provides. Rumours have suggested it will offer performance similar to or slightly in excess of the Nvidia GTX Titan, which if true should drive prices of these flagship cards down.

AMD teases new graphics card ahead of official launch

The official launch kicks off any minute now and we'll be reporting all the big announcements as they happen. You can also watch the live stream on AMD's YoutTube channel.

Update: Due to licensing issues with its background music AMD's YouTube live stream has been pulled, delaying the kick off of the official launch. We'll be back with more when we here it.

Update 2: The new livestream location is on livestream.com

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Beasteh 25th September 2013, 21:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Meanmotion
AMD has shown off its new card, rumoured to be called the R9-290X Hawaii.

Catchy. So, when's Bit-Tech getting a sample for review? ;)
Baz 25th September 2013, 21:19 Quote
azrael- 25th September 2013, 21:30 Quote
Livestream is bloody useless. Even on the "low" setting.

EDIT: Ah well. Got a bit better now.
Baz 25th September 2013, 21:42 Quote
New feature - onboard audio processing. 7.1, 5.1, downmixing to 2-channel surround audio.
runadumb 25th September 2013, 21:42 Quote
Glad to see such an push on audio. I really hope they get support and it is as good as they say.
Waynio 25th September 2013, 21:50 Quote
Hopefully the r9 290 isn't too steep on price & I like the sound of the true audio, very nice addition, great for mini-ITX gaming systems. :)
azrael- 25th September 2013, 21:50 Quote
I wonder if this will mean the reintroduction of hardware-based audio processing. A feature which Microsoft "thankfully" removed with Vista. Mostly because "premium (audio) content" couldn't be "protected" from thieves like us.
Harlequin 25th September 2013, 21:51 Quote
it allready has been in windows 8....


I wonder if AMD will release a trueaudio sound card?
runadumb 25th September 2013, 22:32 Quote
Shame BF4 doesn't seem to support TrueAudio.

Even as a blocky mess Star Citizen looks ****ing great!
Panos 25th September 2013, 23:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by runadumb
Shame BF4 doesn't seem to support TrueAudio.

Even as a blocky mess Star Citizen looks ****ing great!

Thief 4 looked stunning though, using TrueAudio.
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Originally Posted by Waynio
Hopefully the r9 290 isn't too steep on price & I like the sound of the true audio, very nice addition, great for mini-ITX gaming systems. :)

Prices were announced on the slided.

R9 290X ~ N/A (but most say $599-$699)
R9 280X ~ $299
R9 270X ~ $199
R7 260X ~ $139
R7 250 ~ $89

Also on some slides it was referring to a 290, along a 290X in separate lines. Might be a typo though.

I believe that 280X looks the most sexy of all, very well placed and 2 of these babies will cost a as much if not less than a single 290X.

http://static.techspot.com/images2/news/bigimage/2013-09-25_15-49-54.jpg

Also please note, that PCI-E 3.0 is mandatory to run CF on those cards, since they will use the bus for communication and not external connector.
Gradius 26th September 2013, 00:13 Quote
Let's hope for $499.
Panos 26th September 2013, 00:40 Quote
If AMD sells the 290X sells at $499, the same week that goes on sale, Nvidia is going bust.
azrael- 26th September 2013, 06:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Harlequin
it allready has been in windows 8....


I wonder if AMD will release a trueaudio sound card?

Isn't that just for "apps" in Win8? At least it was the last time I heard about hardware audio making a comeback in Win8.
Panos 26th September 2013, 07:07 Quote
Some upcoming games also, including Thief 4. (and had it on the presentation)
azrael- 26th September 2013, 20:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Panos
Some upcoming games also, including Thief 4. (and had it on the presentation)
Hmm... Are you absolutely sure about that? Microsoft's documentation states the following:
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The functionality described for this new type of audio adapter and its associated driver, can be used by Windows Store apps via WASAPI, Media Foundation, Media Engine, or the HTML 5 <audio> tags. Note that Wave and DSound cannot be used, as they are not available to Windows Store apps. Also note that Classic Win32 applications cannot use adapters that are capable of processing hardware-offloaded audio.

Don't get me wrong. I'd absolutely love to see hardware-based audio processing back for good in Windows, but it seems that Microsoft isn't too keen on it other than for mobile devices (which are the main platforms for Windows Runtime apps).
siliconfanatic 27th September 2013, 01:16 Quote
Fingers crossed for a sub-$600 R9 290. Just so we can finally tell nV to shove it up their's.

Thinking of getting 3 290's a short while after launch, to see if any badass second-party cards come out, that and a Galaxy HOF 780 for Phyx.
Star*Dagger 27th September 2013, 20:09 Quote
700$ would be a respectable price point. I don't expect it below that, though, obviously I'd like to have one for the steal price of 500$

S*D
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