The Radeon RX 490 is AMD's highly anticipated GPU graphics card. Powered by HBM2, this video card will kick off AMD's next GPU architecture Vega. This graphics card will be marketed as the rival to NIVIDIA's GeForce GT 1080. Let us get to know more about the AMD Radeon RX 490.
HNGN reveals that the Radeon RX 490 will be sold at a lower price than its competition. The RX 490 marks the entry of AMD's Polaris 10 GPU into the market. With the RX Series of graphic cards, AMD is aiming to re-establish itself as a "high-performance design leader." It will also offer a higher bandwidth than the current 256-bit.
Richard Huddy, Chief Gaming Scientist of AMD, revealed that the number 4 in the Radeon RX 490 means that the card belongs to a fourth generation architecture. Bestseller Magazine reveals that the number "9" represents more than 256-bit memory bus and gaming performance of up to 4K, which is more than twice the performance of the RX 480. Thus, the RX 490 is a 4th generation graphics card designed to handle more than 256-bit of memory bus with next generation 4K resolution.
As for the RX, Huddy explains that this chip model is packed with "a greater than 1.5TFLOPs of processing power with the ability to hit 60fps at 1080 pixels." While it was initially tagged as Vega's first GPU, many tech analysts believe that the Radeon RX 490 is still a Polaris GPU graphics card because of its specs. With NVIDIA beating the competition with its GeForce GTX 1080, AMD hopes that the RX 490 will at least level the playing field.
According to Huddy, the Radeon RX 490 is designed to deliver decent gaming performance at the highest level of resolution and not just a 4K slideshow. Cross Map reveals that the RX 490 will allow gamers to play DOTA 2 and LOL at 1080 pixels.