AMD RX 490 Release Date, Specs Update: New Reports Claim December 2016 Launch

New developments are suggesting that AMD could launch its forthcoming flagship AMD RX 490 graphics card this month, i.e. Dec 2016. The new wave of rumors about a possible RX 490 release date has emerged after the card was spotted on a retail site that mentions a product launch sometime during the second half of 2016.

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AMD Radeon RX 490 release date could be less than 2 weeks apart (Representational Image)

For the uninitiated, the Radeon RX 490 specs are powerful enough to earn the yet-to-launch product the title of the fastest ever RX 400 series card. The Radeon RX 490 is essentially an enthusiast-targeted card that has the potential to ensure AAA experiences at up to a maximum resolution of 4k. In addition, the card is also likely to be more than competent enough to handle VR titles with ease.

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The card shown in the image above is only a placeholder

Worth noting, despite being a part of the Radeon RX 400 lineup, the RX 490 is actually based on Polaris or Vega GPU architecture. If it is based on Polaris, the RX 490 will probably come with 384 bit / 512 bit 8GB GDDR5 memory. And if powered by Vega, it could only be an HBM2 memory

Top cards are likely to boast a bus width greater than 256 bit. As for the price, the new card could cost users roughly as much as NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080.

As of now, we know that AMD is prepping to host an event called New Horizon on December 13 at 9PM GMT. [Note that MobiPicker can not independently confirm yet if New Horizon will double up as the launch event for the much-anticipated RX 490].

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