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AMD Radeon R9 290X Named Product of the Year at PC Games Hardware Reader’s Choice Awards

Readers of top German gaming enthusiast magazine vote AMD as Best Graphics Chip Manufacturer, Awards Second Place in Processor Category


SUNNYVALE, CALIF.  — AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced three wins across three categories of German publication PC Games Hardware’s Reader Awards 2013, including the AMD Radeon™ R9 290X GPU as Product of the Year. PC Games Hardware readers also voted AMD into first place in the Graphics Chip category and into second place in the Processor category.

“Our readers are willing to spend their money only to buy the best technology, and they obviously have strong and educated opinions on what hardware and software represents the pinnacle of performance and value,” said Carsten Spille, editor of PC Games Hardware. “This result for the new Radeon R9 290X, as well as a win for best graphics product and second place in processors show that AMD is creating the right products for the market today.”

Readers of PC Games Hardware voted on both the web and the magazine’s February 2014 issue, with thousands of readers voting in each of the 26 categories.

“We’re delighted that PC Games Hardware’s readers love our products, and grateful to them for recognizing the hard work AMD engineers have put into making the ultimate GPU for a new era of gaming,” said Darren Grasby, corporate vice president and general manager, EMEA at AMD. "While pure horsepower is always a good thing, the AMD Radeon R9 290X is a complete package for breathtaking graphics and audio thanks to its Graphics Core Next architecture and AMD TrueAudio technology. Last but not least is Mantle, which helps games developers speak directly to the GPU architecture in its native language, unlocking an incomparable level of hardware optimization, enabling amazing image quality and performance.”

AMD TrueAudio technology brings a heightened level of revolutionary audio immersion, surrounding gamers with realistic audio environments through stereo headsets and speakers. Armed with a dedicated audio processor in the GPU, the AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics card will enable a richer and deeply immersive soundscape, including true to life echoes, convolution reverbs and incredibly realistic sounding environments.

Made to perform for UltraHD (4K) and AMD Eyefinity technology, the AMD Radeon R9 290X GPU enables exquisite visual experiences on current and upcoming PC titles with superior image quality and expansive, eye-opening displays1, 2.

Outstanding features of the AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics cards include:

  • 2,816 stream processing units
  • Up to 1 GHz Engine Clock
  • 4GB GDDR5 Memory
  • Up to 5.0Gbps memory clock speed
  • 320GB/s memory bandwidth (maximum)
  • 5.6 TFLOPS Single Precision compute power
  • API support for DirectX® 11.2, OpenGL 4.3 and Mantle

The AMD Radeon R9 290X graphics cards are available at a starting price of $549 USD and EUR399 (excluding VAT3.)

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