AMD RADEON R9 390 and 390x: Expected Features for ‘Optimized 4K Gaming and Beyond’

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AMD and NVIDIA will go head to head with their new flagship graphics cards possibly during the Computex Taipei exhibition by the end of spring. However, AMD has had an earlier start by rousing up many techies with their groundbreaking rumors since January.

The company has upheld their stance on breaking boundaries with a plan to set a new R9 300 series which includes the alleged R7 360, R7 360x, R9 370, R9 380, R9 380x, R9 390, and R9 390x into the market with impressive gaming capabilities which was first leaked through LinkedIn accounts from AMD engineers Linglan Zhang and Ilana Shternshain. The posts have been later on removed but the curious details have been cascaded especially with regards to the cream of the crop cards, 390 and 390X.

What has floored many tech gurus online is that the purported features of  both 390 and 390x beats NVIDIA’s current processors with its Fiji GPU 4096 Core and high speed clocks at 1250 MHz. Not only that, the top line variant graphics cards will have 8.6 teraFLOPS computing performance. AMD will also introduce the first ever High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) into its new products, starting with the R380, which uses stacked DRAM memory that allows higher data transfers than the GDDR5. With the high capacity innards, AMD has confirmed that it would be equipped with a closed loop water-cooling system to make users feel at ease, similar to the R9 295x.

The ambitious features could be the next generation card for optimized 4K and VR gaming especially with graphically demanding games like GTA V, Battlefield Hardline, and the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider. Yet, like every sneaky marketing scheme, we’ll have to keep our pockets on lock and key and patiently wait until some time next month for AMD’s official announcement.

But for now, an open note: “How much would AMD’s new line of graphics cards be?”


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