Hot on the heels of AMD’s 2014 GPU Product Showcase, along with details of the upcoming 2x0 AMD GPUs being launched, AMD was coy about the headline product, the Hawaii based R9-290X.  Aside from over six billion transistors, having 4GB of memory and quoting a bandwidth of over 300 GB/sec, the only other salient piece of information released was that today is the pre-order date.  To that extent we have observed the following with online e-tailers:

OverclockersUK is offering a pre-order deposit of £99 which will guarantee a card at launch.  Final pricing is not yet announced, there will be more to pay at a later date when pricing is confirmed.  This is the BF4 Edition, and OCUK have several hundred units up for grabs with an ETA of 31/10/13 (31st October in UK speak), and OCUK will have BF4 editions of Sapphire, HIS, ASUS, GIGABYTE and MSI cards, though at the minute there is no guarantee which one you may receive.  Middle-to-end of October customers will be contacted via email at which point they can call to select the brand pay the additional money.  If you are unhappy with the launch pricing or have changed your mind, deposits will be refunded.

Swedish etailer Webhallen has the ASUS BF4 Premium bundle up for 9999kr (SEK), which includes Swedish taxes.  Certain websites have done the conversion direct and got a ludicrously high $1575 equivalent, but without Sweden’s 25% tax rate this comes to 8000kr, or $1262.  This card was up at 7299kr ($920 USD without tax), making it still rather expensive.

TechPowerUp caught Newegg listing up both the MSI and Sapphire branded reference cards (now the XFX too), and although the pricing is listed as ‘coming soon’, a quick dig around the HTML source code lists the card at $730 excluding taxes.  We are waiting the final pricing to be fully listed and will update with details, although it is suggested that this is for the full BF4 Premium edition – the regular edition may be cheaper.

For Sweden, the retailer netonnet.se is currently listing the card for 9999kr, the same as Webhallen. Interestingly enough we also get some specifications: 512-bit GDDR5, 111mm x 277mm x 48mm dimensions and a 500W PSU recommended minimum.

The Canadian branch of Newegg has the MSI, Sapphire and XFX cards all listed at CAD$750 on their mobile site, but not on the website proper.

We will update this post as more retailers initialise their pre-orders.  The latest details on pre-orders seem to be coming from the @AMDRadeon twitter feed.

R9-290X Pre-Orders
Retailer Edition Price / ETA
OverclockersUK
(UK)
BF4 Edition Preorder
(Sapphire, HIS, ASUS,
GIGABYTE, MSI)
£99 deposit
ETA 31st Oct 2013
Webhallen +
NetonNet.se
(Sweden)
ASUS BF4 Edition 9999kr
($1262 excl. tax)
Newegg
(US)
MSI
(XFX and Sapphire also listed)
$730
(from HTML, still unlisted)
Newegg
(CA)
MSI, XFX and Sapphire CAD$750
(from mobile site)

There are set to be two different versions of the R9-290X available for preorder – the standard edition which contains just the card as well as the Never Settle bundle, and the BF4 Edition which has a BF4 Premium key.  All arrows point to BF4 standard edition being part of the Never Settle bundle in due course, although this is yet to be confirmed.

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  • bestbuy2013waiting - Thursday, October 03, 2013 - link

    I'm going to build new rig, at the moment i not to bad pc, with i5 3570k, 8gb 2133mhz corsair pro, gtx 670 non reference card. So build new rig i need very good graphic cards, and to be honest if this r9 290x will be to expensive i better go for a two gtx780 or gtx titans... So its just about the price guys, titan its king of the kings, its not just a name, its brand of monster rigs... To buy amd card it has to be super good and super cheap, other way for few euros or few fps i wont trade nvidia.... So My target at this moment 3 gtx 780 or 2 gtx titans.... But if r9 290x will be priced good i may order 2 or 3 thous gpus... Just waiting for official prices and will buy one or other stuff.... Reply
  • RussianSensation - Saturday, October 05, 2013 - link

    Don't even consider the Titan. If you are looking at overclocking, consider EVGA Classified or MSI Lightning 780s instead. They are far better. Reply
  • bestbuy2013waiting - Thursday, October 03, 2013 - link

    I'm going to build new rig, at the moment i not to bad pc, with i5 3570k, 8gb 2133mhz corsair pro, gtx 670 non reference card. So build new rig i need very good graphic cards, and to be honest if this r9 290x will be to expensive i better go for a two gtx780 or gtx titans... So its just about the price guys, titan its king of the kings, its not just a name, its brand of monster rigs... To buy amd card it has to be super good and super cheap, other way for few euros or few fps i wont trade nvidia.... So My target at this moment 3 gtx 780 or 2 gtx titans.... But if r9 290x will be priced good i may order 2 or 3 thous gpus... Just waiting for official prices and will buy one or other stuff.... Reply
  • nvidiameansjealous - Thursday, October 03, 2013 - link

    newegg now selling 290x for 1000..

    amd now telling yall to stop speculating and wait till the 15th

    manufactures suggested retail price is not set in stone
    Reply
  • doggghouse - Friday, October 04, 2013 - link

    Based on the AMD presentation (http://images.anandtech.com/doci/7368/GPU14-034.jp... isn't it safe to assume the performance of the R9 290X will be ~8000 in Firestrike? The graph shows the other scores that they explicitly mentioned.

    I'm not sure how that compares to other existing cards.
    Reply
  • AR30mm - Friday, October 04, 2013 - link

    WHY IS NO ONE MENTIONING THE FACT THAT THIS THING NEVER WENT UP FOR PREORDER IN THE US?!

    Hey Anandtech, now's the time to update this articles headline... "AMD misses preorder launch in US"
    Reply
  • lacky32 - Saturday, October 05, 2013 - link

    This, what the hell happened? Reply
  • onthemour - Friday, October 04, 2013 - link

    omg can't say more than This card is a insane beast! Titan is whimpering in this shop Reply
  • Azurael - Friday, October 04, 2013 - link

    I'm a bit superstitious about Nvidia cards since pretty much every one I've owned since I replaced my S3 card with a TNT2 has died! So I'm still waiting for a new, reasonably priced card. My 5870 is starting to struggle at 1920x1200 now, and I think I need a 27" monitor... But I'm really not in the market for a £500 graphics card by any means... I'm sure my 5870 wasn't much more than half that when it was 'high end'. Reply
  • Nocturnal32GB - Monday, October 07, 2013 - link

    I'm building an AMD gaming rig in November, that said, I'm starting to think that the HD 7990 is really the best bang for your buck as they will STILL be able to out-perform these new R9-290X cards! Reply

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