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VisionTek Introduces the Radeon R9 290X & Claims Fastest Graphics Card Available

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Posted October 25, 2013 by dgstorm in Video Cards

The folks at VisionTek just yesterday announced their newest GPU designed to crush the competition. They introduced the Radeon R9 290X as the “fastest graphics card available.” It’s probably not an exaggeration either. The new R9 290X is packing some serious power under the hood. With a 1GHz clock speed, 2816 Stream Processors and 4GB 512bit GDDR5 RAM, it can achieve a compute performance over 5.6 TFLOPs!

It’s truly amazing to see just how far graphics technology continues to evolve from AMD, and VisionTek really did a fantastic job running with AMD’s ball. Not only that, but the retail price of this product will shock you, and we don’t mean sticker shock! On the contrary, some folks were expecting a $600-700 card, but it turns out this baby is only $549! It’s hard to argue the knock-out combination of incredible performance mixed with an affordable price. Here’s the full press release below for more details,


VisionTek Radeon R9 290X Introduced As Fastest Graphics Card Available


New ultra-performance card delivering 5.6 TFLOPs, 4x higher resolution of 1080p,

intelligent overclocking, and professional grade audio priced at $549 and shipping by early November


October 24, 2013, East Dundee, IL – VisionTek Products LLC, (VisionTek®http://www.visiontek.com, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, high-performance upgrades and accessories for PC and Apple Macintosh® computers, announced today the VisionTek Radeon™ R9 290X graphics card. Featuring up to 1GHz clock speed, 4GB 512bit GDDR5 RAM, and compute performance over 5.6 TFLOPs, the $549MSRP VisionTek R9 290X is the fastest graphics card available and outperforms other, more expensive GPU brand-based graphics cards. VisionTek will begin shipping the R9 290X by early November.


Sets New Performance Standard

Because the VisionTek R9 290X utilizes AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture, which unifies graphics processing and compute cores for higher utilization, this ultra-performance graphics card can deliver over 5 TFLOPS compute performance – a new standard in the graphics card industry – and over 300GB/s memory bandwidth to support 4K gaming with over 100 layers of effects.


Overclocking the Smart and Easy Way

By accessing the Boost State control within an easy-to-use card management GUI, the VisionTek R9 290X can be set to automatically run higher than the base core speed if it is operating below power, current, and temperature specification limits. The card also features two additional automatic performance boosting features. AMD PowerPlay™ Technology adjusts clock speeds in response to GPU load for energy use efficiency while AMD PowerTune Technology maximizes performance under load conditions by increasing the GPU engine clock to take advantage of unused Thermal Design Power (TDP) headroom.


See What You’ve Been Missing with 4K Resolution

The VisionTek R9 290X supports Ultra HD 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution, which is 4x the resolution of 1080p. Typically, configuring a graphics card for use with a high resolution monitor must be done manually. However, AMD’s Catalyst™ Graphics Drivers will perform automatic configuration on select popular monitors, such as the Panasonic Viera®. Further simplifying the ability to use 4K displays is the card’s use of AMD Eyefinity™ technology which can span multiple monitors into one large panoramic display.


Hear What You’ve Been Missing with TrueAudio

With an onboard audio processing chip powering AMD’s TrueAudio technology, the VisionTek R9 290X can deliver accurate 3D surround sound within games and special audio effects like reverbs and room simulations while reducing CPU load. Now you can hear more real-time voices and situational sounds in-game with any and all audio hardware already owned.


Outperforms Competition in 4K Benchmarks While Costing $100 Less

In a recent performance benchmarking preview publically conducted by AMD, two leading graphics intensive games, BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider, were both run on the same test machine at 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution settings on the Radeon R9 290X and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 cards. The only variable to the tests was that the R9 290X was run in “Quiet Mode” setting, the less aggressive of two performance profiles that are user selectable via a toggle switch on the card. Below are the results of the $649 street price GTX 780 versus the $549 MSRP R9 290X:


BioShock Infinite:

  • · R9 290X “Quiet Mode”: 44.25 FPS
  • · GeForce GTX 780: 37.67 FPS


Tomb Raider:

  • · R9 290X “Quiet Mode”: 40.2 FPS
  • · NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780: 34.5 FPS


These tests are further confirmed by independent performance benchmarking site Anandtech.com which found the R9 290X outperforms the GTX 780 in medium quality setting by 14%.

VisionTek Radeon R9 290X Specifications & Pricing

  • Memory: 4GB 512bit GDDR5
  • Memory Speed: 5.0Gb/s
  • Base Clock Speed: up to 1.0GHz
  • Stream Processors: 2816
  • Compute Performance: 5.6 TFLOPS
  • CrossFire Support: Up to four GPUs with no interconnect bridge required
  • Outputs: 2 x Dual Link DVI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI
  • Cooling: Single fan 2 slot
  • Bus Type: PCIe 3.0
  • 3DMark Fire Strike: greater than 8000
  • OS Support: Windows® 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Linux
  • MSRP: $549.00

A History of Performance Innovation

Outperforming other GPU powered brand graphics cards is nothing new to VisionTek. By choosing AMD as its exclusive GPU partner, VisionTek has enjoyed a history of establishing new standards of performance capabilities from its graphics cards:

  • In 2008, the AMD powered VisionTek Radeon 4000 series was the first to exceed one TFLOPs.
  • In 2009, the AMD powered VisionTek Radeon 5000 series was the first to exceed two TFLOPs.
  • In 2011, the AMD powered VisionTek Radeon 7000 series was the first to exceed three TFLOPs.
  • In 2012, the AMD powered VisionTek Radeon 7970 GHz Edition card was the first to exceed four TFLOPs.

“VisionTek is a critical launch partner and has been a trusted AMD graphics partner in North America for over ten years,” stated Matt Skynner, Corporate VP and General Manager of AMD’s Graphics Business Unit. “AMD is proud to support VisionTek’s branded launch of our high-end R9 290X and R9 290 technology. Expect big things out of VisionTek…these guys never settle!”

“Our new Radeon R9 290X graphics card truly is a game-changer that raises the bar on what defines the gaming experience,” said Mark Bilson, Executive Vice President of VisionTek. “AMD has outdone themselves with this GPU when you consider its visual, audio, and automatic performance adjusting capabilities. And when you consider our card will outperform the competition while saving you $100, as Duke Nukem would say, ‘game over’.”

For more information on the new VisionTek Radeon R9 290X graphics card, or the existing VisionTek graphics card line which includes VisionTek’s recently announced R7 and R9 series cards, visit: www.visiontek.com.


About VisionTek Products LLC

Since 1988, VisionTek Products LLC (VisionTek) has been recognized as a leading developer of performance memory, graphics cards, power supplies, and Solid State Drives for Macintosh and PC computers. Its products can be found at leading retailers, distributors, PC system builders and e-commerce sites. VisionTek is headquartered in East Dundee, Illinois, and can be contacted by calling 866-883-5411 or by emailing sales@visiontek.com.


Note: Additional hardware (e.g. Blu-ray drive, USB 3.0 interface, HD or 10-bit monitor, TV tuner) and/or software (e.g. multimedia applications) are required for the full enablement of some of the technologies listed in this announcement. Not all features may be supported on all components or systems.


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