R9-290X Preordering Begins Today@ 2013/10/04
OverclockersUK is offering a pre-order deposit of £99 which will guarantee a card at launch. Final pricing is not yet announced, there will be more to pay at a later date when pricing is confirmed. This is the BF4 Edition, and OCUK have several hundred units up for grabs with an ETA of 31/10/13 (31st October in UK speak), and OCUK will have BF4 editions of Sapphire, HIS, ASUS, GIGABYTE and MSI cards, though at the minute there is no guarantee which one you may receive. Middle-to-end of October customers will be contacted via email at which point they can call to select the brand pay the additional money. If you are unhappy with the launch pricing or have changed your mind, deposits will be refunded.
Swedish etailer Webhallen has the ASUS BF4 Premium bundle up for 9999kr (SEK), which includes Swedish taxes. Certain websites have done the conversion direct and got a ludicrously high $1575 equivalent, but without Sweden’s 25% tax rate this comes to 8000kr, or $1262. This card was up at 7299kr ($920 USD without tax), making it still rather expensive.
TechPowerUp caught Newegg listing up both the MSI and Sapphire branded reference cards (now the XFX too), and although the pricing is listed as ‘coming soon’, a quick dig around the HTML source code lists the card at $730 excluding taxes. We are waiting the final pricing to be fully listed and will update with details, although it is suggested that this is for the full BF4 premium edition – the regular edition may be cheaper.
We will update this post as more retailers initialise their pre-orders. The latest details on pre-orders seem to be coming from the @AMDRadeon twitter feed.