Sapphire R9 290 Delivers Stunning Performance And Value – Nov 05, 2013– Taipei, Taiwan (Techreleased) – SAPPHIRE Technology has just launched the SAPPHIRE R9 290, the latest graphics card in its new R9 enthusiast series. Based on the latest Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture from AMD, the card shares most of the features of the recently released flagship SAPPHIRE R9 290X delivering excellent performance at a more affordable price point.


Augmenting the upper end of the R9 series of graphics processors, the new SAPPHIRE R9 290 features 2560 stream processing units and an engine clock of up to 947 Mhz. It is equipped with 4GB of the latest high performance GDDR5 memory on a 512-bit interface and clocked at 1250 MHz (5.0GHz effective) delivering high bandwidth capable of supporting smooth gaming even at UltraHD resolution.

With support for UltraHD (4K displays) and AMD Eyefinity multi-screen technology, the SAPPHIRE R9 290 maximises the visual experience for work or play with superior image quality and high resolution displays. It uses the PCI-Express 3.0 interface and supports AMD CrossFire natively without the need for bridge cables.

The SAPPHIRE R9 290 is also equipped with the new AMD TrueAudio technology which brings a heightened level of audio immersion, surrounding gamers with realistic audio environments whether it is through stereo headsets or speakers. A dedicated audio processor in the GPU enables the SAPPHIRE R9 290 graphics card to deliver a richer and deeply immersive soundscape, including true to life echoes, convolution reverbs and incredibly realistic surround sound environments.

In addition to support for DirectX 11.2 and OpenGL 4.3, the new R9 series is also supported by Mantle. Mantle is an AMD developed API which allows programmers lower level access to features of the GCN architecture found in the latest AMD based graphics cards and the next generation of gaming consoles, potentially enabling simultaneous development across platforms.

The SAPPHIRE R9 290 is available from etailers and retailers from 5th November 2013.