AMD has officially put their R9-290X + Battlefield 4 bundle up for pre-order, but there’s a catch: you’ll need to bite the bullet and take a risk.
By this point we all know that AMD’s R9-290X could very well be gunning for NVIDIA’s TITAN but no small amount of secrecy surrounds a number of its key metrics. Pricing, performance and power consumption remain big question marks but those items will ultimately dictate whether or not gamers actually buy the card.
In order to spark interest, AMD has released a limited number of these cards as part of a pre-order bundle with Battlefield 4. That’s good news for gamers who have been eagerly awaiting the R9-290X in the hope it will answer NVIDIA’s GXT 780 and TITAN. Unfortunately, at the time of writing, it looks like some retailers are asking for a $200 deposit for the privilege of being first in line. Naturally, this money will go towards the purchase of the card but for a product we know so little about, that’s a monetary risk some may not be willing to take.
For the time being only Australian retailers have pre-orders up so there’s still some hope that the deposits won’t be carried over to their North American counterparts. If they are, we’re sure this limited edition R9-290X will still sell out, but only to fans who absolutely confident in AMD’s price / performance ratio. For everyone else, it may be too much of a game of Russian Roulette.
In the meantime, Newegg has listed the R9-290X cards, but not for pre-order.