AMD has today launched their newest Radeon R9 290X graphics card, introducing what the company are calling the "ultimate GPU for a new era in PC gaming." Pricing in at just $699 for us Australian folks, the new card's price comes in well below Nvidia previous mammoth of a card, the Titan GTX.
Reviews are slowly coming in from around the Internet, confirming that AMD has pushed this new card to its very limits, matching the Titan GTX performance which is valued at $1239. While AMD may be pushing for the title of being the best GPU for PC gamers with a smaller budget, the card has revealed some compromises. These include high power consumption, high temperature and some loud fans.
Essentially what this tells us is that AMD has pushed the new Radeon card to its limits, squeezing every last drop of performance from the Hawaii GPU. Of course this means little to the PC enthusiasts willing to jump on board and offer their own cooling customisations, but to the average PC gamer the decision may be a harder one.
For full reviews on AMD's latest and a comparison between Nvidia's best, check out AnandTech
. You can also find the full details on the new card at the official press release