AMD Radeon RX 490 release date, specs news: Expected December release date delayed until mid-2017

(Advanced Micro Devices)A screen grab from the promotional video of AMD Radeon RX 480.

The upcoming and much-awaited launch of the new AMD Radeon RX 490 is reported to be delayed from some reason that has yet to be made known.

The next-generation graphics card from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) was reported to be initially set for release this 2016. However, recent reports indicate that the AMD Radeon RX 490 will now be released sometime in the mid-2017.

AMD Radeon RX 490 will be the newest 4K-ready flagship graphics card that will contend with NVIDIA's current GeForce GTX 1080, possibly at a cheaper price. However, as reported by Tweaktown, AMD has previously stated that tech enthusiasts should not expect a faster Polaris graphics card than the currently available RX 480.

As reported by WCCFTECH, previous leaks and AMD's own documents reveal that the AMD Radeon RX 490 will target users of the 4K resolution and will aim to be the go-to graphics card for VR. It will have a bus width that is greater than 256 bits. The graphics card will also be based on either a dual-GPU Polaris 10 design or Vega 10. It will also come at a price point close to that of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, which costs $600.

The Radeon RX 490 graphics card is reportedly designed to be especially focused on VR. To fulfill this purpose, dual-GPU solutions are said to have the advantage since they can dedicate one processor for each eye. Hence, it is believed that the upcoming graphics card will be designed with the dual-GPU Polaris 10 rather than the Vega.

It can be recalled that previous reports have stated that the AMD Radeon RX 490 will not only be announced in December this year, but will also be released on the same day. However, neither news of a December release date nor the reports of a launch delay until mid-2017 has been confirmed or denied by AMD through an official statement.

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