AMD R9 390X, what we know so far: specs, performance and pricing

 

After covering the leaks about the GTX Titan X’s performance and Nvidia showcasing and launching it last week at GDC, its time to pull all the infos and leaks about AMD’s upcoming flagship card called 390x.

The most important thing about this card is that will feature stacked HBM (High bandwidth memory) modules enabling 640 GB/s, which is a 3x faster bandwidth than AMD’s  290x has (230 GB/s) and almost 2x faster than the bandwidth embedded in Titan X (336 GB/s), the fastest single GPU on the market at present. AMD claims that BM will be capable of reaching of 1TB/s, but these speeds are still something that we will need to wait and see. However stacking all of these memories in such a tight space will probably produce a lot of heat and this is where AMD will need to step up with their cooling solution. AMD (and the users) has had issues with the reference cooling of the previous 290X/290 graphics cards since the stock fan produced irritating noise trying to cool them down.

 

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In any case here are the specs of the current cards and the upcoming 390x.

AMD has previously shown on one of their conferences some of the specs of the R9 390X:

 

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The card will also support three APIs: the upcoming DX12 as well as Mantle and OpenGL 4.5

 

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Images courtesy of Videocardz.com

AMD has also shown the graphs showing the performance difference between the current and the upcoming flagship cards. If the chart is correct 390X will be around 60% faster than the 290X, which makes it almost equal in terms of performance with the current fastest single GPU in the world- GTX Titan X.

When it comes to price, if the German site heise.de is correct the launch price for the 390 X will be around $700 price range. Given that the GTX Titan X is around $300 more expensive that would make a 390X a very competitive card, if the performance from the above graph are correct of course.

This generation of the AMD GPUs is probably the most awaited one yet. The prices of High end and High Mid range have gone sky high for the past years. Probably due to US dollar fluctuations, in EU region GTX Titan X will cost around 1200€-1300€  (30%-40% more than in US) which is truly a ridiculous sum of money. it is up to AMD to step, offer better solution for the lower price and increase their market share which is getting smaller on monthly basis. It is not exactly “do or die” for AMD but we are getting awfully close to it.

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