It's been a long time coming but AMD finally has a single GPU coming to the market to trump Nvidia's Titan and it's called the R9 290X, part of AMD's new Rx 2xx series of video cards that they just announced today.
DSO Gaming noted that AMD has announced a new bundle pack with the Radeon R9 290X cards that comes jam packed with EA's Battlefield 4.
Previously, Battlefield 4 demos and footage were all captured from the Radeon 7990 “Malta”, a dual-chip GPU that carried 576 GB/s memory bandwidth, 1ghz clock speeds and a massive 8.2 teraflops of processing power that floors every other card out there. However, there were reports of benchmark frame drops and some performance hiccups due to the on board Xfire setup, which sadly, has never been terribly reliable.
Anyway, AMD no longer has to rely on the Malta to outdo Nvidia and their prime-time GPU player, the Titan. For anyone who follows gaming, whether you're a PC or console gamer, you know that the Titan is the be-all of graphics processing units. It was the showcase for Nvidia's Faceworks, which was a software solution for face-based motion-capture and animation aimed to breach the uncanny valley, as well as the card used to introduce Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4 tech demos, including the highly lauded, visual masterpiece, The Samaritan and The Infiltrator
AMD hasn't been standing by idly, while to most it might seem that they have. Instead, the hardware manufacturer has been thinking up ways to trump the Titan without breaking bank; the solution is the new Hawaii GPU class that comes in the super high-end format of the R9 290X, the middle-of-the-road R9 280X and R7 260X, and finally, the card made just for Americans, also known as the welfare Obamacare-GPU, the R7 250. Yeah, that card is so poor they couldn't even afford to put an 'X' on the end.
The poorer-than-Greece GPU (which makes it about a step above Detroit's financial status), the R7 250, starts at $89 so even if you can't afford groceries with food stamps you'll still be able to get AMD's poor man's GPU. The R7 260X comes with 2GB of VRAM and a $139.99 price tag for the average Euro-gamer. The upper echelon of enthusiast graphics processing solutions starts at $299 for the R9 280X and the R9 290X is so far up the food chain most people reading don't have a pay check that qualifies them to even see the price (me included).
According to WCCFTech the 290X is the pinnacle of single-processing graphics technology, and edges out many competing cards with 4GB of GDDR5 graphics memory and a 512-bit bus to make most irrigation companies jealous of the smooth-as-a-baby's-bottom pipeline flow.
The Volcanic Island GPUs are here and AMD unleashed them with fury. Whether or not Nvidia will have an answer to the conundrum that is the R9 290X remains to be seen, but given that they've dominated the industry this year in the graphics department, with companies like Microsoft being able to attest to the efficiency of the cards after using them to demo their games at E3, I think Nvidia can afford to have AMD pick up a slight victory right here and right now.
The Rx 2xx class of GPUs will be available during the holiday season so you can upgrade your PC to match the new gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles... as we all know, many PC gamers are kind of slagging behind the XB1 and PS4 when it comes to performance... if you know what I mean.