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AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics card launched

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AMD has launched its latest graphics card, the AMD Radeon R9 290X, which it claims is the ultimate for next-gen PC gaming.

The top GPU currently on offer from AMD, the Radeon R9 290X offers superb performance both in visual and audio realism for PC gamers not looking to buy the AMD equipped PS4 and Xbox One consoles.

“As the pinnacle of our new AMD Radeon R9 Series graphics cards, the AMD Radeon R9 290X GPU embodies AMD’s leadership as the ultimate graphics solution for an exceptional gaming experience, affirming that Radeon is gaming”, said Matt Skynner, GM and Corporate Vice President of AMD’s Graphics Business unit.

“The formidable combination of Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, Mantle and AMD TrueAudio technology raises the bar for breathtaking audio and graphics, and powerful performance, giving enthusiasts an unprecedented gaming experience.”

AMD Radeon R9 290X Features
The AMD Radeon R9 290X features AMD’s GCN architecture at its core, bolstered by the company’s new Mantle technology. This enables what AMD is calling “an incomparible level” of hardware optimisation to unlock your PC’s true gaming potential for top performance and image quality.

For audio supremacy, the Radeon R9 290X packs the new AMD TrueAudio technology to create an immersive gaming experience, regardless of whether you’re playing with headphones or speakers.

The new Radeon GPU is also compatible with UltraHD 4K resolution displays and AMD Eyefinity technology.

With various spec configurations to choose from, you can utilise the 2,816 stream processing units to achieve clock speeds up to 1GHz and memory clock speeds up to 5.0Gbps. There is 4GB of GDDR5 memory and a maximum 320GB/a memory bandwidth.

The Radeon R9 290X also offers a 5.6 teraflops Single Precision compute power and API support for DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.3.

AMD Radeon R9 290X Release Date and Price
AMD is making the Radeon R9 290X graphics cards available from today, October 24, priced from £449.99 inc VAT in the UK and $549 or €399 excluding VAT in US and EU respectively. From these prices, we expect the new GPU to start at around £340 in the UK.

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