Report: AMD to Release R9 280X on October 8

AMD unveiled its new Radeon R9 290X last week in Hawaii, describing the R9 and R7 series as 'the new GPUs for a new era in graphics.' Unfortunately, AMD didn't actually when we could expect this new era in graphics to commence.  Luckily, we have the rumor mill to keep us warm while we wait for an official announcement from AMD.

Earlier this week, word got out that the the press NDA on the R9 290X is scheduled to expire on October 15, just under two weeks from now. Now, VideoCardz reports that the NDA on 280X will be lifted on October 8th. VC says that this is when reviewers are allowed to publish their reviews and that cards with aftermarket cooling solutions will be available within a few days of this date. No word as of yet on the embargo date on the 270X.

If you missed out on our coverage of AMD's GPU14 Tech Day, hit up our recap here, watch the full presentation here, or scroll through our live blog for the most important moments.

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  • shahrooz
    no benchmarks yet?
  • Retaliator
    Is it possible to get some crossfire benchmarks on the new radeons compared to the current GTX offering when they finally get released.
  • mapesdhs
    "... AMD didn't actually when we ..."

    (I think 'say' or 'state' is missing from this sentence...)

    Presumably, useful benchmarks would depend on the availability of functional
    drivers, which as yet are not fully available for all situations. It might be better
    to wait until AMD has sorted out DX9/EyeFinity support, etc., otherwise we'll
    just have people complaining that any tests results will be invalid when the drivers
    get updated, demanding fresh tests.

    I'm just hoping for some hefty NVIDIA price cuts, and also maybe then some lower
    valuations of used 7970s. :)