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.