As we near closer and closer to the launch of AMD’s own Hawaii GPU in Oahu, Hawaii a certain site (UDTeam) has obtained or possibly even generated their own benchmarks using the GPU. While we do not know the exact version of the drivers that they used for this GPU, it would be wise to take any results you see here with a grain of salt until we’ve tested this card ourselves with official drivers from AMD. That said, here are some rumored preliminary details about AMD’s rumored R9-290X GPU (rumored naming scheme, AMD has yet to verify this naming).
Looking at the full PCB, you can tell that this thing has 8+6 pin power connectivity, which would put the maximum power draw of such a card at 300w, while the card itself may never draw as much. Additionally, looking at the number of GDDR5 chips, you can see that there are in fact 16 of them, which would lead one to conclude that this GPU will likely come in 4GB and 8GB flavors and would also mean that it should theoretically feature a 512-bit memory interface. All of this should fare pretty strongly in AMD’s favor as it would enable some incredible memory bandwidth if true.
Moving on from the PCB, you can also see in another picture from UDTeam’s postings that the GPU features the same interfaces from AMD that you would expect, as well as the card alongside the competitive solutions and AMD’s own previous generation AMD Radeon HD 7970 GPU. However, if you look closely, you can tell that it has dual DVI connectors stacked vertically like the 7970 GHz edition GPUs.
In addition to the GPU PCB, Die and Cooler photos, there have also been leaked benchmarks, which we caution you to take with a grain of salt. They actually posted so many of them that we don’t actually think its a good idea to post them all, so we’re just posting the benchmarks that summarize all of the different settings and resolutions that they tested with.
Keep in mind, the dark blue line is the AMD Hawaii GPU
When you look at these preliminary benchmarks, you can already see that AMD’s own Hawaii GPu clearly gives Nvidia a run for their money. The real question will be whether or not AMD will price this GPU accordingly and how much will final performance vary from these preliminary numbers? If anything, I hope that AMD prices this GPU somewhere between $599 and $649 in order to force prices downward and to give all consumers a breather from crazy GPU price trends (see $1000 for HD 7990 and GTX Titan).
Even if you never plan to buy one of AMD’s new GPUs, this is good news for you because Nvidia will likely be forced to drop the prices of their GTX 780 and GTX Titan GPUs at the very least and possibly even the rest of their GPUs in order to pre-emptively prepare for AMD’s new Volcanic Islands line up.