AMD R9 290X Pre-Order Pages Are Popping Up

AMD’s “new” cards are out in the open (Game Front will have some review coverage up in the coming days), but we have yet to see anything concrete on the R9 290 and R9 290X. That might have changed, however, as pre-order pages are starting to pop up.

Several smaller eRetailers are throwing up R9 290 and R9 290X product pages, and some have price tags attached. DirectDial has pages for both cards up, with the R9 290 listed at CAD $553 (USD $532), and the R9 290X listed at CAD $613 ($589). Both cards are Sapphire branded, with 4 GB of GDDR5 on board. ShopBLT has the same R9 290X card listed at $591.

Newegg posted, then deleted, a page for MSI’s R9 290X card, pricing the powerhouse at $729.

It’s hard to tell what the final price will be, but with the Nvidia GTX 780 still sitting at $650, I’m hoping AMD can bring the R9 290X at or under $600. The R9 280X goes for around $299, so an R9 290 at $399 and an R9 290X at $499 would be a great value proposition for gamers (compared to the expensive Nvidia cards, at least), and it would keep AMD competitive with Nvidia, which has cards at $650, $400 and $250.

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4 Comments on AMD R9 290X Pre-Order Pages Are Popping Up

Mhamed

On October 9, 2013 at 6:39 pm

500 $ for the R9-290X would be a dream. It wouldn’t make them competetive with nvidia, it would obliterate them of the planet. I see a 700 $ for the R9-290X seeing it’s vastly superior than the GTX Titan according to the specifications.

That guy who lives somewhere on planet Earth

On October 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

if the R9 290X is priced as GTX 780 reference model (since i heard that AMD wont have any non-reference model of their high end card) or lower than $600. then, I’ll say Goodbye Galaxy GTX 780 HOF [$690] (that I was planing to put into my build) and hello R9 290X.

but if its $700 then i’ll flip a coin.

Devin Connors

On October 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm

@That guy who lives somewhere on planet Earth

I’d really like to see the R9 290X at $600…but, assuming it hits at $700, I feel like $50 makes less of a difference to consumers here than at the $150-$400 price range. Granted, you always want to get the best deal, but purely from a percentage POV, most people looking at the 780 at $650, will also look at the 290X at $700.

-Devin Connors

Ron Whitaker

On October 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I’d happily pay the $50 premium if AMD would guarantee that their driver support would live up to that of the GTX cards.