After the release of AMD’s new Radeon R9 285, the company has been cutting prices for their Radeon R9 290X, R9 290 and R9 280X series. And after NVIDIA’s recent release of the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970, the company has again cut down prices to combat NVIDIA’s latest graphics card. The GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 are very popular GPUs. Both offers a much lower price for a faster performance, and much lower power consumption compared to their predecessors. AMD doesn’t have anything new yet and we are still waiting for them to release the R9 285X and their next flagship graphics cards, the R9 300 series. So for now, it’s discount time. Check out what are R9 290 and R9 280 series graphics card that has been getting huge price cuts below.
More Discounts for Radeon R9 290X, R9 290 and R9 280X
Let’s start with AMD’s flagship line up first. The AMD Radeon R9 290X was originally priced at around $550 when it was first released. Currently the Gigabyte R9 290X GDDR5-4GB (GV-R929XOC-4GD) is down to $399.99 only. The Gigabyte R9 290X features a core clock speed of 1040MHz and memory clock speed of 5000MHz effective. It features WindForce 3X cooler and has two DVI ports, one HDMI port and one DisplayPort.
Another discounted Radeon R9 290X I’ve spotted is the Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 4GB. It features AMD’s reference cooler design and some retailers are currently selling it for only $399 here as well. It features 2816 Stream Processors, up to 1GHz core clock speed, 4GB GDDR5 memory running on a 512-bit memory interface that is clocked at 5000MHz effective.
Up next is the AMD Radeon R9 290 series which was originally priced at $399. The Gigabyte Radeon R9 290 4GB (GV-R929WF3-4GD) currently has a retail price of $299.99. It features a core clock speed of 947MHz and features Gigabyte’s WindForce 3X cooler.
Asus has also discounted their R9 290. The Asus Radeon R9 290 DirectCU II OC (R9290-DC2OC-4GD5) currently sells for only $329.99, after a $20 rebate. When I first reviewed this card, it was priced at around $409.99. You can read my full review of the R9290-DC2OC-4GD5 here.
PowerColor’s R9 290 is also discounted, currently the PowerColor AXR9 290 4GBD5-TDHE/OC is down to $299.99. It features a core clock speed of 975MHz and a memory clock speed of 1250MHz. It also features the company’s TurboDuo dual slot cooler.
Finally we move on to the rebranded AMD Radeon R9 280X. This will soon be replaced by the upcoming Radeon R9 285X based on a new Tonga GPU, just like the Radeon R9 285 when it replaced the R9 280. Currently the VisionTek Radeon R9 280X 3GB GDDR5 is priced at around $276.50 only. It has a core clock speed of 850MHz and a boost speed of 1000Mhz. It’s memory is clocked at 1500MHz with 6000MHz effective speed.
Then there is the XFX RADEON R9 280X with Double Dissipation Cooling technology. It features a boost core clock speed of 1GHz and 6GHz effective memory clock speed. It is currently priced at $249.99, after a $30 rebate.
Finally the lowest R9 280X I could find is from, again, Asus. The Asus Radeon R9 280X DirectCU 2 TOP (R9280X-DC2T-3GD5) features a base clock speed of 970 MHz, with a boost clock speed of 1070MHz. Its memory is clocked at 1600MHz or 6400MHz effective speed. Currently it sells for only $239.99, after a $20 rebate. You can read my full review of the Asus R9 280X DC2T here.
Well, there you have it guys. You if you are planning to buy an AMD Radeon R9 graphics card, now would be a good time to grab one. And this discount is thanks to NVIDIA’s recently released GTX 970 and GTX 980, which seems to be the most popular graphics card as of today. The cheapest GTX 980 and GTX 970 I could find is from EVGA, the EVGA GTX 980 ACX 2.0 and GTX 970 ACX 2.0. Both cards are currently priced at $329.99 and $549.99 respectively.