AMD Radeon RX 490 release date, specs: GPU rumored to be announced and launched in December


Rumors are rife that AMD’s next-generation flagship graphics processing unit, the Radeon RX 490, may be announced and launched on the same day in December.

According to WCCFtech, the card has apparently been listed on both AIB and AMD’s official websites adding to speculations that the release is imminent. Believed to compete with the likes of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, the RX 490 supports 4K resolution and is possibly based on either the dual-GPU Polaris 10 design or Vega 10.

From previously leaked information shared online, the card is expected to have a bus width greater than 256 bits making it a go-to graphics card for virtual reality technology. Meanwhile, the price point is close to the GTX 1080 when NVIDIA introduced it with a retail price of $600. If it comes to fruition that it will be based on Polaris 10, it is predicted to have a net total of 4609 stream processors.

Reports claim that it is more likely to feature Polaris 10 if it has a VR-dedicated element. The architecture is said to have a unique advantage since it has a dual-GPU solution with one processor for each eye. Moreover, the biggest hint found that points to the said solution come from Zauba shipment manifests and one RRA certification. Dubbed “C99” in the listing, it appears that the card is based on the full version of Polaris 10.

On the other hand, if the RX 490 has the Vega 10 architecture, the release window should be sometime next year as the hardware is allegedly still in the early stage of development to make it to the FOC testing phase. The shipment manifests discovered were dated July 2016. In addition, the nomenclature strongly indicates a Polaris card.

A specific date for the launch of Radeon RX 490 remains a mystery. Since AMD has not commented on the matter yet nor announced anything officially, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.