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AMD to announce their high-end RX 490 4K VR graphics card in December?

By John Law - on 24 Nov 2016, 11:27am

AMD to announce their high-end RX 490 4K VR graphics card in December?

Not the actual logo. Image for illustrative purpose only. <br> Image source: WCCFTech.

AMD might be fast-tracking their plans to announce and release a new graphics card for the high-end market sooner than expected.

According to WCCFTech, reports are suggesting that not only is AMD planning on announcing their new card, the Radeon RX 490 in December, but they’re also planning on releasing the card within the same window as well.

The RX 490 will supposedly be AMD’s new 4K ready flagship graphics card, but as it stands, information about the card is still not as solid, and that’s simply because AMD has been kept their mouths shut on the matter, and seems that they’ll continue doing so until the promised month (kudos to AMD for keeping this so close to the chest thus far).

All we know about the upcoming card is that:

  • It’s made to handle 4K gaming and VR.
  • It will have a bus width greater than 256-bit
  • It’s based on either a dual-GPU Polaris 10 or Vega 10 GPU architecture.
  • It’s going to be close to the price point of the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080.

The fact that the RX 490 is going to be a dual GPU isn’t a surprising move by AMD. If anything, it’s become a habit of AMD to actually make their high-end and even enthusiast level graphics cards with dual GPUs. Just take a look at the Radeon R9 295X2 and more recently, the Radeon Pro Duo.

Further proof of the Radeon RX 490 being powered by dual Polaris GPUs? This listing from AMD's site. <br> Image source: WCCFTech.

One thing we should point out: while it would be nice for the supposed RX 490 to be fitted with the new Vega 10 GPU architecture, it’s very likely that the card will only be sporting the current Polaris 10 GPU, especially when you consider that the information states that the card will supposedly only be on par with a single NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080. To put it simply: it's looking highly like that the Radeon RX 490's performance will be on par with two Radeon RX 480s.

Source: WCCFTech.