AMD Radeon RX 490 2016 release date: Upcoming GPU coming later this year?


This week, AMD launched their second Polaris-based graphics card, the Radeon RX 470, designed to deliver great HD gaming performance at a budget price. The $179 graphics processing unit (GPU) is considered to be a great deal by entry-level gamers, but veteran gamers are looking forward to more high-end cards from the company as it has been rumored that the Radeon RX 490 will be released sometime this year.

The rumor started circulating online when AMD accidentally revealed the RX 490 on its website for a brief period. According to Kitguru, the listing wasn’t up for long, but an eagle-eyed Reddit user was able to preserve the evidence before the listing was wiped out. In the screen grab, the Radeon RX 490 was listed as a card eligible as part of a redemption program, which is running from February to December 2016. This suggests that the GPU could be out in the market by the end of this year.

Excited gamers immediately gave their take on the RX 490, with some speculating that the GPU could be “blazing fast.” Others started to guess how much the GPU would cost, with some saying that the RX 490 could be priced anywhere from $299 to $350.

As for its features, Kitguru reports that there is some talk of the RX 490 possibly being a dual-GPU card, with two full-blown Polaris 10 chips on a single printed circuit board. The rumor is based on Zauba listings, as well as the fact that the board believed to be the RX 490 has the same codename and value to the test board for Gemini, which then became the Radeon Pro Duo.

WCCF Tech reports that Sapphire is already listing the RX 490 on its website, which means that the GPU is not only likely to launch this year, but possibly very soon. It is expected that AMD will give more information about the RX 490 in the coming months.