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AMD Slashes Price of R9 290X After GeForce GTX 970 Memory Issues

Category: Video Cards
Posted: 11:42AM

It was reported yesterday that NVIDIA publically acknowledged a problem that involves how the 4GB of VRAM featured on the GeForce GTX 970 is divided, which causes performance drops when 3.5GB of VRAM is utilized. AMD has decided to take advantage of this news by not only releasing a media document that states “4GB means 4GB,” but also by slashing the price of the Radeon R9 290X. AMD has told its add-in board partners to lower the price of the R9 290X to as low as $299, making the graphics card highly competitive against the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970. AMD is also emphasizing to consumers that along with the 4GB of onboard VRAM that the R9 290X boasts, the card offers a 512-bit wide memory interface.

Source: TechPowerUp

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potatochobit on January 29, 2015 08:36PM
I recently bought my R9 280X and its not compatible with freesync. but if I want to downgrade to an inferior 285 then it works... ugh.
VaporX on January 29, 2015 09:43PM
The reason for this is not about horsepower but chip age. The 260X, 285 and 290/290X are built on newer technology, the 280X is the 7970 Ghz edition. As for inferior, it depends on how you use it. For 1080 game play the play experience is nearly identical.

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