- AMD (AMD +2.7%) has officially launched its high-end R9 290X GPU. The first reviews for the chip, which is based on powers graphics cards sporting an MSRP of $549, have been very positive.
- Tom's Hardware has given the 290X its Elite award; it's the first time a graphics card has been granted the honor. Benchmarks show the 290X beating Nvidia's (NVDA -0.4%) costlier GeForce GTX 780 ($649) and Titan GPUs ($999), and faring very well in multi-monitor tests.
- Nvidia recently discounted several cheaper cards to counter AMD's aggressive pricing for its new Hawaii GPUs (of which the 290X is the costliest/most powerful). TH: "Nvidia still does thermals, acoustics, and aesthetics better. But now it’s also charging a hefty premium for those luxuries."
- AnandTech's review of the 290X is also upbeat, but its praise is a little more qualified. "Against NVIDIA’s pricing structure the 290X is by every definition a steal at $549 ... But with that said, although the 290X has a clear grip on performance and price it does come at the cost of power and cooling."
- Like other Hawaii GPUs, the R290X supports AMD's Mantle API, which the chipmaker promises will deliver an unmatched level of hardware optimization.