The AMD Radeon R9 390X has been in the rumor mills for the past few months now and as we head closer to its official launch, more confirmation on its specifications have surfaced. This time, Videocardz received an alleged internal PDF document that mentions an AMD Radeon R9 390X WCE GPU with water cooling.
The PDF document purportedly is an internal presentation called ‘2015 Future of Radeon’ and is expected to be shown to AMD AIB partners next week. It confirms many of the key specs that have been known since the past few weeks now, such as the next generation GCN architecture with 4096 shader units, DirectX12 tier 3 implementation, up to 8GB of High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) video memory, hardware H.265 decoding with up to 4 times faster H.264 encoding speed, enhanced ZeroCore functionality, and a water-cooled edition for enthusiast gamers. The PDF document also confirms the VR focus of the upcoming AMD Radeon flagship card. The R9 390X was used to show off the Epic Games’ Showdown virtual reality demo at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco earlier this month.
The AMD Radeon R9 390X and other new members of the Radeon 300 series family were expected to be unveiled by now but AMD has reportedly decided to delay the launch to the middle of the year. The Radeon 300 series cards are now expected to debut at AMD’s Computex 2015 press conference. Leaked benchmarks of the R9 390X surfaced once again yesterday, showing impressive performance compared to its predecessor and also managing to beat the more expensive NVIDIA GTX Titan X GPU that is expected to launch soon.