AMD Radeon R9 390 4GB Won’t Launch in the US and Europe
Just a couple of days ago, AMD’s Radeon R9 390 GPU with 4GB VRAM was spotted on sale in China. Various AIB partners including Sapphire, PowerColor and XFX released their own versions of cards, which although feature lower VRAM, are just as fast as their full 8GB versions thanks to higher clock speeds compared to reference models.
Unfortunately, it seems that the 4GB versions of R9 390 cards won’t make their way to the Europe or United States. According to a report from Fudzilla, the 4GB versions will be limited to China market. AMD’s move seems rather strange, considering the new 4GB versions could have sold well in both markets, especially during holiday shopping spree.
However, neither AMD or its AIBs have released any statement regarding not introducing the card to the EU or US, so we’d recommend to take this with a grain of sand.
Performance-wise, the 4GB R9 390 provides a 10 per cent uplift over the R9 290 in several benchmarks in early testing and would have hit the market at US$300, making them competitive with the popular Nvidia GeForce GTX 970.
At the moment, if you’re interested in grabbing a 4GB version of the Radeon R9 390, you’ll should better wait for official statement from AMD.