AMD Say R9 290X Will Ridicule Titan

Written by Katie Allen on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 3:00 PM

AMD product manager David Nekechuck has claimed that the company's new flagship GPU will “ridicule” the GeForce GTX Titan.

He stated that, performance wise, the R9 290X will more than compete with rivals Nvidia.

The product manager insisted that the high-end GPU “will definitely compete with the GTX 780 and Titan” even though the R9 290X's 438 square mm die is significantly smaller than the Titan’s 550 sq. mm GK110 offering.

Qualifying his statement in gaming terms, Nekechuck claimed it meant that “with Battlefield 4 running with Mantle (AMD’s new graphics API), the card will be able to ridicule the Titan in terms of performance” and that it will be able to run the game “much faster” than Nvidia's best single GPU offering when using AMD's Mantle API, set to launch in December.

The claim is interesting in light of rumours we reported earlier surrounding the pricing on the AMD card. Although the card won't come cheap (suggestions point to around the $730/£550 mark), that would still make it around 30% cheaper on average than Nvidia's offering. Furthermore, Nekechuck confirmed that AMD does not plan to release single-GPU cards in the same $1000 range as the Titan, as it thinks the market at that level is “too niche”.

Could AMD really offer superior performance for significantly less cash, or is this latest reveal nothing but hot air?

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20:56 Oct-07-2013

I'm glad to see that AMD is trying to make a Titan rival, but i think they are relying on Battlefield 4 way to much (Its one of the best FPS's I've ever played but its not the only game i'm going to play.) Most of the articles on their new line of cards has mentioned BF4 in one way or another

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21:00 Oct-07-2013

they are using BF4 as a launch title.

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23:18 Oct-07-2013

True, but they have largely been basing how good the GPU is off BF4 and how it compares to the Titan, playing that game. With the nearing release though they're not mentioning it as much

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00:25 Oct-08-2013

it would be no surprise to see an AMD card do better in an AMD optimized game i would like to see it perform vs a max clocked titan in a more neutral setting

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00:41 Oct-08-2013

we know that titans overclock fairly well and I think it is safe to say that an overclocked titan will beat an R9 290X at stock clocks. if the R9 290X overclocks as well as the 7970 (not GHZ) then an overclocked 290X will most likely beat an overclocked Titan.
that being said, we have no benchmarks for the 290X yet nor do we have any idea of how well it overclocks so we will have to wait and see.

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19:38 Oct-08-2013

everyone loves BF4 (or at least a lot of people) so they're using it as a good marketing strategy, TBH it's working a lot.

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19:41 Oct-07-2013

Oh come on. Anybody else remember the "Bulldozer is going to destroy i7" thing that AMD kept saying, and what the truth was?

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19:50 Oct-07-2013

what amd actually said was that it would ridicule the titan in battlefield 4 and could compete with the titan and 780.

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20:11 Oct-07-2013

*while running mantle
I don't think AMD said they were going to destroy i7s, it was the people who said that.

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20:13 Oct-07-2013

AMD reported big performance boosts back then, which never made it to a normal person.

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20:39 Oct-07-2013

AMD says that now... we all know that nVidia has an Ace up their sleeve ;) they are hiding something... I'm sure of it :P

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21:04 Oct-07-2013

They probably don't. They released GTX 700 very recently. Sure, they'll scramble to respond if the 290X actually does beat the Titan, and hammer out a better gpu, EVENTUALLY. These things take time though. Designing a brand new super awesome GPU that will slaughter everything and doing it in a few months would be rather difficult.

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21:06 Oct-07-2013

the only thing they could have is a titan ultra but considering how much a full GK110 costs to make I don't think that that will happen.

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21:14 Oct-07-2013

Yeah. One way or another, it'll be good to have some competition at the top end of GPUs, until now Nvidia has just been destroying with the Titan. Competition is good for consumers, no matter how you look at it.

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22:20 Oct-07-2013

I find it funny how everybody is comparing a BRAND NEW best graphics card by AMD to a 8-month-old graphics card by nVidia. Why is the main aim of a new graphics card to be as good/slightly better than an old card?
We could as well say that GTX 800 series will destroy any AMD card when it comes out?

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04:34 Oct-08-2013

It's just because the Titan has been so completely uncontested by AMD single GPUs until now. AMD has been competing in the GPU space purely from a price performance standpoint, which is what they've always been good at anyway. The fact that they might actually have some cutting edge tech up their sleeve that could really allow for some competition at the high and top end is, a pretty big deal. As I said above, competition is a good thing for us, we WANT Nvidia and AMD to be scrambling to innovate and get the fastest, best priced GPU out there first.

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18:00 Oct-08-2013

@Terminaato, man you wrote what i have in my head since this whole R9-290x thing started. Titan is 8 months old, R9 is new and can make use of tech not available 8 months ago(thats like 2 years in the hardware scale). Nvidia always releases their cards earlier than AMD, so AMD can take some time to make their cards a little bit more competitive after Nvidia has shown all their cards.

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21:11 Oct-07-2013

HAHA yeah well maybe nVidia is sitting with their fingers in their bums on this one.... and no I'm not a nVidia fan boy :) :P my best friend has an AMD setup and it runs exactly the same as mine :)

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21:13 Oct-07-2013

and dont argue about whose PC is better or which brand is better :P

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21:15 Oct-07-2013

I think that NVidia is going to be in pretty much the same place as they were after AMD released the HD 5870. it will be several months before they have an answer.

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17:57 Oct-08-2013

Nvidia can easily beat the crap out of AMD's cards, If they wanted to. The problem is, if you make a card that's very good compared to the competition, it will be so expensive that noone will buy it (just like the titan) and that there will be very little profit to be made, so marketing-wise it just doesn't make sense. If both companies would go all-out all the time we would've been at GTX 900 levels last year...

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18:13 Oct-08-2013

if both companies had unlimited budgets for GPU's then we would end up with 2 cards that had almost identical performance and cost because they would both run up against the same thermal and die size limits.
Nvidia could not just decide to "beat the crap out of AMD's cards" and neither could AMD decide to do that to nvidia. they are both producing the best cards that they can within reasonable budgets and time constraints. both companies use TSMC to make their chips so the production cost and yealds for both companies is pretty much the same at a given die size.

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18:18 Oct-08-2013

Not exactly. I'm quite sure Nvidia is holding back ATM. They could've released maxwell this year as the GTX700 series, but why would they do that when their old cards are still fine and can still scoop money into their pockets?

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18:24 Oct-08-2013

Such mind games, letting AMD think they are getting ahead.

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18:47 Oct-08-2013

The whole industry is one big game :)

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18:59 Oct-07-2013

OK so the R9-290X will beat the Titan in Mantle supporting games like how Nvidia GPUs would ridicule AMD GPUs in PhysX games... But what I want to know Mr. Nekechuk is how they compete in a game that is Nvidia/AMD neutral like say Crysis 2 or Bioshock Infinite or pretty much every game out there other than the handful that have PhysX and the handful that will have Mantle...?

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19:05 Oct-07-2013

and we will have to wait until release to know that :(
im pretty sure that more than a handful of games will use mantle as it is the API for developing on both the next gen consoles.

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19:11 Oct-07-2013

Oh that is sweet... Also next gen console to PC ports are likely to be better optimized as the X1 and PS4 are closer to PC in architecture... Killer rig BTW... Built it yourself...? Your RAM is overkill though...

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19:16 Oct-07-2013

thanks :)
I did build it myself.
as for the ram, it is overkill for gaming but I also do 3D modeling and video editing and when doing that I have seen it go up past 24GB usage.

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20:12 Oct-07-2013

PhysX doesn't make your game any faster really, PhysX and mantle are two completely different things...

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20:16 Oct-07-2013

mantle can more closely be compared to DirectX, PhysX doesn't really have anything for comparison but basically does some of what DirectCompute or OpenCL can do.

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17:21 Oct-07-2013

I'm more exited to see how prices will drop after this guy hits the market.

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17:10 Oct-07-2013

Bold words to say, now let's see if they can make it true...

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16:22 Oct-07-2013

GTX Titan and GTX 690 will be available for 750$ in November (tom's hardware) so why not buy a GTX 690 for 750$ instead of this 730$ GPU. GTX 690 is far ahead than this.

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16:34 Oct-07-2013

the 690 may perform better in some cases but it has the issue of being a dual graphics card. it is also only a little bit ahead, not far ahead and the increase in performance is not noticeable in most cases. the 7990 is available $640 right now and a week ago it was $500. it is also more powerful than the titan and 290X and almost on par with the 690.

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16:44 Oct-07-2013

those are the words of a true consumer, while the ones above you are the words of a fanboy who has been ravaging anybody bad mouthing nvidia. I dont know if he owns the company or something. He takes it just too personal
That last comment didnt even make sense if you factor in the 7990 as you have.

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17:10 Oct-07-2013

The 7990 is still €499 here, that's prectically giving it away, and still quite a bit cheaper than either the titan or 690, while just being marginally slower I guess.

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17:13 Oct-07-2013

the 7990 sits just below the GTX 690 and just above the GTX Titan. at the price it is right now is is the best performance/price of all the ultra enthusiast cards on the market right now. (titan, 690 and 7990)

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17:14 Oct-07-2013

i totally agree
7990 seems to be the perfect card atm

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17:36 Oct-07-2013

Yeah it is with 13.10 HD 7990 is super good.

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23:16 Oct-07-2013

7990 is faster than 690 for about 5 fps and titan about 12-15fps and runs cooler so its better to 7990 then if you re not nvidia fanboy

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16:41 Oct-07-2013

Why would you buy a Titan over A 690? Yep, for the exact same reasons.

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16:41 Oct-07-2013

690 is dual GPU, consumes more power, is a bit more hassle, also if the titan is a little behind the 690, and the 290x is a bit further than the titan, the r9 is either on par with the 690, or it can be overclocked PAST gtx 690 levels, and then you could crossfire those for UNMATCHED performance.

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16:48 Oct-07-2013

So one word for red fan boys wait for just 2 months :)

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17:12 Oct-07-2013

Just like the titan, if they release an x2 version of that (would that even be possible, I mean, that's like more than 3x an 8-pin connector needed...

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17:14 Oct-07-2013

I have seen cards with 3 8-pin connectors. I think some of the early versions (pre-reference) of the 7990 had that.
I think a dual titan card would need to be a 4 slot card just to pack enough cooling.

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17:16 Oct-07-2013

Yeah they had, but this would prolly need even more o.0

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17:16 Oct-07-2013

We dont talk about such scary **** here, please stop :P
Dont want to get the Terminator up

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17:21 Oct-07-2013

dual titan would most likely need around 400-450 watts which is the limit of 3 8-pin connectors (3x 150W)

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17:34 Oct-07-2013

the GTX titan is a really power efficient card, I don't doubt the next titan will probably have less TDP. the early 7990 (asus ares 2, devil 13) required 3 8pin because it was 2x7970 just slapped on a sexy cooler. The titan is also a cooler card than the 7970, so Dual GTX titan could fit on a dual slot cooler, but it could be triple slot.

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17:44 Oct-07-2013

a single titan has a 250w TDP, a dual card design I would expect to be around 400W. I believe that Gigabyte claims that their Windforce X3 cooler is good for 450W so a design like that or like the 7990 reference should work. I don't think that the cooler from the 690 would work as that card only has a 300W tdp.

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15:34 Oct-07-2013

Mantle(for PC) is looking more and more like TressFX, a one time flip off to Nvidia on a big AAA(for TressFX it was Tomb Raider 2013) game title

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15:36 Oct-07-2013

I don't think so. it is the API for the next gen consoles so we will see a lot more of it once ports from next gen consoles start.

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15:40 Oct-07-2013

The way the guy above says it, is like only the R9-290x will use it fully to "ridicule" the Titan
IDK Im just guessing

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15:46 Oct-07-2013

a graphics card only has so much potential performance and optimization only lets you get closer to that potential. mantle is just an API that lets the developer optimize much better.
the R9 290X is not the only card that can use mantle.

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15:49 Oct-07-2013

Of course I know that, but it seems AMD only want to advertise Mantle for the R9-290x and as the tech that will help destroy the Titan
Lets just wait and see shall we

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15:32 Oct-07-2013

There was an article about this two weeks ago, it's old news.

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15:33 Oct-07-2013

ya, and it was a better article. this one takes all the quotes out of context.

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15:34 Oct-07-2013

You're right it was, why was this approved and put on the front page?

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15:22 Oct-07-2013

AMD should stop with their: Look at our badass new video card, Titan is dead now, blah blah. Atleast realease some proof or anything that it will.

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15:30 Oct-07-2013

I have no objection against AMD, they are just promoting their new series best pieces, same as nVidia did few months ago.
I don't know many people who would buy GTX Titan or even need card with such performance anyway...

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17:52 Oct-07-2013

Yes, exactly 700 series is the same year r-xxx series
the 6xxx series were released the same year with HD 7xxx series :D

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15:16 Oct-07-2013

aynway my GTX770 is perfect :Đ
despite the die size is almost hlf compared to GTX780, slight overclock can outperform GTX780 which costs 45% more !! :Đ

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15:39 Oct-07-2013

YES WE KNOW IT WAS A SOLID PURCHASE WILL YOU PLEASE SHUT UP ABOUT IT ALREADY?! :p

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15:43 Oct-07-2013

My new 7850 is great, I love it, it's really awesome, nearly as good as 660, and cheaper, best GPU I've ever had :P

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16:39 Oct-07-2013

if you oc it it is better than 660 :p

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15:59 Oct-07-2013

hehe, no. I'm doing the benchmarks, I'll shut up in few days I guess :Đ :Đ

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00:30 Oct-08-2013

my 1.27ghz 780 will crush your little 770 any day

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09:04 Oct-08-2013

My 6450 will **** on all of your GPUs any day. :P

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15:12 Oct-07-2013

this article is hugely misleading because it takes many of the quotes out of context. to say nothing about the fact that we already saw pretty much the same article about a week ago.
what AMD said was that 'in Battlefield 4 the 290X will ridicule the titan'. they went on to say that the 290X will compete with the titan and 780 which tells us nothing about the performance.

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