Not only is the Radeon R9 290X a beefy graphics card intended to compete with the likes of the GeForce GTX 780, but it’s also something else: the platform for a truly new chip, with updated technology inside. Most of the rest of the cards in the Radeon R7 and R9 series introduced recently are renamed and slightly tweaked cards based on existing silicon. Not so here. The Hawaii GPU that powers the 290X represents the next generation of GPU technology from AMD, with a number of incremental improvements over the last gen.
July 10, 2023