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AMD’s R9 490 and 490X GPUs Might Release Late June

Category: Video Cards
Posted: 09:23AM

For anyone waiting for the release of AMD's next series of GPUs, the latest rumor puts the release in June. Supposedly, the R9 490 and R9 490X will have their paper-release at Computex, which runs from May 31 to June 4, with the official launch later that month. Given the naming, these are likely meant to be the replacements for the Hawaii based R9 390 cards, so where exactly the Fury cards will be relative to these is hard to guess, before we get some performance numbers and definite specs.

The R9 490 and R9 490X GPUs should be based on the Polaris 10 core, which is the higher end Polaris core we saw demonstrated at the Capsaicin event. It was the lower powered Polaris 11 core showing off its power efficiency off at CES earlier this year. Polaris cores are based on the GCN 4.0 architecture and are going to be manufactured using 14 nm FinFET processes. Current GPUs use 28 nm processes and this reduction in size and change in transistor design will bring with it significant power savings and performance improvements.

Source: WCCFTech

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