AMD says Radeon R9 series finally selling at list price... after 9 months

AMD has proclaimed through a public promotional email that supply has now increased to a point where their latest-generation R9 series of graphics cards can retail at list price.

The Radeon R9 series, introduced last year, is what AMD intends to be used by the most power-hungry of gamers and video editors. This is reflected in the base specs of the most popular card in the range, the 290X. It provides a 1000MHz clock speed and up to 4GB GDDR5 memory. The R9 290X's cheaper but still very-powerful sibling, the 290, has a slightly slower clock speed of 947MHz. An ultra-high performance card, the R9 295X2, was also launched earlier this year to expand the range. It features a 1018MHz clock speed and up to 8GB of RAM. The specifications of all the above cards change, of course, if bought from other manufacturers who overclock the card or otherwise edit details such as Gigabyte, Asus or EVGA.

At launch last year, AMD said that the list price for the R9 290 and R9 290X would be $399 and $549 respectively but these prices have not be seen in retailers until now. At one point no-so long ago, Newegg was selling the R9 290X for an astonishing $899 due to high demand for a product that was initially only built in small numbers. AMD underestimated how popular the series would become, however, and as consumers began to realize the excellent value that these cards represent they were increasingly told that they could not purchase a unit at the originally advertised price due to lack of supply.

According to AMD these issues have now been rectified, though, and the R9 series cards can be picked up from an increasing number of retailers for the list price announced last September. Supply has also picked up enough for you to actually be able to buy one today, should you want to.

Source: SemiAccurate | Image via Hardware Heaven

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I don't think it is 9 months. It probably lasted 4 or 5 months. It started when the price of Bitcoin/Litecoin increased toward the end of 2013 and ended when Scrypt mining ASICs became more common and more powerful.

Just wanted to point out to the earning reports for AMD's last 2-3 quarters. they show strong sales in discreet graphics for the visual and computing solutions div, with regards to inventory. This brings forth the fact that the cards have sold very well. If gamers haven't bought them that much, miners have. Still good for the bottom line.

Not at all ;) It's actually at an all time high right now, not in terms day trading, but for being used for it's intended purpose (as currency, despite being criticized as not being currency). A lot of thrift stores here prefer them over USD now. Big signs out front with QR codes and promotionals.

Jack in The Box (fast food chain) is updating its kiosks
(http://ktul.images.worldnow.com/images/14066521_BG1.JPG)
to accept BTC in select areas now. If it comes here, they'll get my business ;)

Bonfire said,
Good, I guess the silly cryptocoin fad is finally dying out.

A fad ? LOL ! You must be from one of those that said Internet was just a fad in the mid 90s.
Cryptocurrencies are a revolution, whether it is Bitcoin or another crypto, cryptocurrencies will take a bigger and bigger space in the world economy in the not so far future.

Bonfire said,
Good, I guess the silly cryptocoin fad is finally dying out.

Sadly for you only, it is at full force. It means most people got their rigs ready for mining... and are mining rather than buying more cards.

DaveBG said,

Sadly for you only, it is at full force. It means most people got their rigs ready for mining... and are mining rather than buying more cards.

Last I checked bitcoin value had plummeted by over half and still falling. I don't see any useful purpose that it serves and I still think its 15 minutes are almost up. I could be wrong but we'll see.

Most people are just using them as a get rich quick scheme, trading and selling them on exchanges. I believe few actually use them to buy things and it's far more trouble to buy expensive mining rigs and mine these imaginary coins then find places that actually take them then it would have been to just use normal money and buy what you want. They just don't really have any useful legal purpose.

Yeah I think thats absolutely right... until the 'get rich quick' bit fails as the value plummets again and Mt. Gox loses all your Bitcoins :)

Bonfire said,

Last I checked bitcoin value had plummeted by over half and still falling. I don't see any useful purpose that it serves and I still think its 15 minutes are almost up. I could be wrong but we'll see.

The value of BC according to your currency or what? Also since BC was introduced many years passed. It is just recently that it gained more attention but that will not cause harm to it in any way.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
^

Yeah...no.


Your argument is really convincing, I've think I just changed my mind on the subject, thanks for this enlightenment !

That was certainly a portion of it, yes. Prices of the previous gen cards (7950, 7970) were also insanely high. Although my understanding is that the R9 series had been having fab issues for a while as well (low chip yields), which was also inflating the price as well.