AMD Radeon RX 490 Release Date & Specs, News & Update: Company Launching Card with Vega Architecture?

By Ritwik Roy , Updated Sep 09, 2016 10:07 AM EDT
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AMD Radeon RX 490 may be launched in the first half of 2017 and reports suggest that the next generation graphics will be based on the Vega architecture. Although AMD is currently focusing only on its Polaris-based graphics cards RX 470 and 480, rumors regarding the RX 490 are already making rounds on the Internet.

After NVIDIA's launch of the Pascal-powered GeForce GTX 1080, attention has naturally turned towards AMD Radeon RX 490 as users want to see who topples who in the graphics card throne. iSports Times rubbished all rumors of the GPU graphics card coming out this year and said that it will be out in the first half of 2017.

AMD unveiled its roadmap for coming years in the August 2016 Investor Presentation. It never mentioned the AMD Radeon RX 490 while discussing its current next-gen GPU "Polaris" family.

RX 480, 470 and 460, belonging to this family, have already been launched in the mainstream market. This move to not mention the Radeon RX 490 may indicate that the graphics card will be part of AMD's next family Vega.

Moreover, if the AMD Radeon RX 490 was to come out this year, there would have been some announcements on the company's part. Instead, the company is only promoting Polaris 10's most powerful configuration. AMD has revealed that it would be launching Vega in the first half of 2017 and this has led experts to believe that the RX 490 will be launched along with it.

In fact, AMD's Sr. Director for Global Marketing, Chris Hook, teased his friends and followers with a cryptic photo on Facebook of a dilapidated building that could well be the location for the Vega launch. Apart from rumors surrounding RX 490's Vega architecture, it is believed that the card will be supporting 4K technology and VR. It may have a 1,200MHz GPU base clock with a 350 (1400) MHz memory clock and a computing power of 9,830 GigaFlops, writes YIBADA.

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