ASUS has launched the R9 290X, a new graphics card powered by the latest AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics-processing unit (GPU). The new card benefits from ASUS GPU Tweak (A tuning tool for instant performance boosts), 4GB of GDDR5 memory, and incorporates AMD Eyefinity and TrueAudio technologies to enable multi-display and more accurate environmental sounds.
R9 290X also includes support for both DirectX 11.2 and AMD's new Mantle application programming interface (API) and offers a free full game - Battlefield 4 from EA DICE.
ASUS GPU Tweak
The new ASUS R9 290X has a unique advantage in the shape of GPU Tweak, an exclusive ASUS tool that helps users to control finely GPU and video-memory clock speeds and voltages, cooling-fan speeds, and power-consumption thresholds.
As well, the GPU Tweak Streaming tool lets users share on-screen action over the internet in real time - so others can watch live as games they are played. It's even possible to add a title to the streaming window along with scrolling text, pictures, and webcam images.
GDDR5 Memory, AMD's Eyefinity and TrueAudio
R9 290X is equipped with 4GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory. The new card also includes AMD Eyefinity technology to broaden the gaming landscape, so gamers can expand the playing field across up to six independent displays, via DisplayPort or DVI.
The new graphics card also includes AMD TrueAudio technology, a dedicated digital signal processor (DSP) that's built in to the GPU. This provides game developers with processing power that's designed purely for audio, allowing R9 290X to generate soundscapes that are much more true to life.
DirectX 11.2 and AMD's Mantle API
R9 290X supports the very latest DirectX 11.2 standard that enables on-GPU tessellation. The card also offers AMD's Mantle API that provides developers with direct access to the GPUs.
The AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics cards are available now at a starting price of $549 USD.