AMD Unveils DX12, VR Ready PCs – 9x Faster Than XBOX One, 7x Faster Than PS4 Yet Just As Small

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[UPDATED Feb 28, 2016 19:05 AM EST]
Roy has teased yet another photo of AMD’s console sized upcoming DX12 VR ready systems. The photo shows six of these systems turned on and standing side by side highlighting the beautiful signature LED lighting in red, an emblematic color of the AMD Radeon brand.

[UPDATED Feb 28, 2016 07:10 AM EST] AMD’s Roy Taylor has shared yet another sneak peek at the company’s DirectX 12 and VR Ready PC. According to Taylor, this special edition Falcon Northwest Tiki is the world’s best DirectX 12 and VR developer box.

The eagle eyed among you will notice that the heart of this system, a dual Fiji graphics board, features a blower style air cooler. Are these air cooled “Fury X2” graphics cards OEM only? are we going to see both liquid and air cooled retail versions of the card come to market ? those are questions that we simply don’t know the answer to right now. What we do know is that at 12 TFLOPs of compute this is the world’s fastest graphics card by a long shot and it will most definitely be put to good use by developers all over the world.

Original story :
AMD is teasing Radeon powered, console sized DirectX 12 and VR ready PCs that’s 8 times more powerful than the XBOX One and PS4.  A photo of a bunch these systems, appropriately finished in red, were posted on twitter by AMD’s Roy Taylor, one of the biggest VR advocates inside the company.

AMD Fury X2 DirectX 12 and VR Ready PCs
Very few details were given initially besides the picture you see above and the following tweet by Roy

“Developers, we have something coming for you…:)

It was later confirmed that the systems you see above are “Tiki” models from Falcon North West. A system builder who has collaborated with AMD to put the world’s fastest graphics card, AMD’s dual Fiji board, inside a compact – console sized – DirectX12 and VR ready powerhouse.

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AMD’s DirectX 12 And VR Ready Dual Fiji Powered Tiki Systems Are 7-9 Times Faster Than The PS4 And XBOX One

Interestingly we had heard of this system before, during Roy Taylor’s keynote at VRLA.

“Last time I was here I also promised you that we would make the world’s most powerful small computer for developers. We promised you we would take two of our highest end GPUs and put it inside that tiny box and if you go downstairs we actually have a demonstration of a dual GPU, 12 TeraFlops, fastest GPU solution in the world, inside of Tiki. It’s a feat of engineering we are delighted with.” – Roy Taylor, AMD Corporate Vice President of Alliances at VRLA Winter Expo

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While not all specs for the system in question have been revealed just yet. Roy unveiled that it packs a dual Fiji graphics card with 12 TeraFlops of compute, roughly 9 times that of the XBOX One, 7 times that of the Playstation 4 and double that of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX Titan X.

A single Fiji XT GPU found in AMD’s Radeon R9 Fury X2 flagship graphics card is rated at over 8 teraflops, two would easily amount to over 16 teraflops. However, it seems that the version employed in the Tiki is a custom affair designed with modest air cooling to fit inside this sleek compact form factor.

WCCFTechRadeon Pro DuoAMD Radeon R9 Fury XAMD Radeon R9 NanoAMD Radeon R9 FuryAMD Radeon R9 290X
GPU Fiji XT x 2 Fiji XT Fiji XT Fiji ProHawaii XT
Stream Processors8192 4096 409635842816
GCN Compute Units128 64 64 5644
Render Output Units12864646464
Texture Mapping Units512256256224176
Memory8GB HBM (4 GB Per GPU) 4GB HBM 4GB HBM 4GB HBM4GB GDDR5
Memory Interface8192bit (4096 Per GPU) 4096bit 4096bit 4096bit512bit
Memory Frequency500Mhz500Mhz500 MHz500Mhz1250Mhz
Effective Memory Speed1Gbps1Gbps1Gbps1Gbps5Gbps
Memory Bandwidth1 Terabyte/s512GB/s512GB/s512GB/s320GB/s
TDPTBA275W175W275W250W
GFLOPS/Watt-31.347.126.219.3
Launch PriceTBA$649$649$549$549
Launch Date201624th June 20157th September 201510th July 201524th October 2013

How AMD Managed To Cram All Of Those Teraflops Into Such A Small Box

Fiji is AMD’s largest ever graphics processing unit and the very first in the world to feature 3D structured, 2.5D stacked High Bandwidth Memory, or HBM for short. A standard that AMD and SK Hynix, one of the world’s largest memory makers, co-invented. Because vertically stacking dies enables much greater densities and because HBM chip are smaller than GDDR5 chips to begin with there are immense area savings on the printed circuit board of the graphics card as a result. Allowing for the creation of far more compact form factors.

Also unlike GDDR5, HBM is packaged alongside the host processor, in this case the GPU, on a single interposer. The closer proximity to the GPU enables significantly wider memory interfaces and reduces latency. The smaller, shorter connections also enable greater power efficiency. This means that HBM will also require less voltage to operate allowing for even more power savings.

HBM allowed AMD to create significantly smaller and more power efficient graphics cards. Starting with the popular R9 Nano and all the way up to the dual Fiji board inside the Tiki. A consumer version of the dual GPU board was supposed to land sometime late last year, but it was delayed to Late Q1, early Q2 of this year to align it with major VR headset launches according to the company.

AMD’s Roy Taylor hints that these Tiki systems may be given away to developers of virtual reality platforms as well as DirectX 12.

As impressive as these systems are, more exciting perhaps for ordinary gamers is the advent of AMD’s even more exciting Polaris – Radeon 400 series – graphics cards launching next summer. Featuring cutting edge 14nm technology, 4th generation GCN graphics architecture and a whole new set of user and developer features.

AMD has so far already demoed the smallest member of the Polaris family. The GPU demonstrated performance and power efficiency results that were by far the most impressive we had seen from one generation of GPUs to the next to date. The company revealed that there will be multiple GPUs based on the Polaris architecture to address the entry level, mid-range and high-end segments of the discrete graphics market.

So far it has unveiled two 14nm FinFET Polaris GPUs, given the names Polaris 11 and Polaris 10. One of which is a very small GPU, estimated to be around the same size as AMD’s Cape Verde which is 123mm² large. The goal for this chip is to deliver console-class gaming performance in thin and light notebooks. This is the GPU that AMD chose to demo at CES. The other member of the Polaris family is a large GPU, described as a successor to the Radeon R9 Fury X.

Polaris – Radeon 400 series – graphics cards are set to launch this summer, before the back to school season, for both desktops and gaming notebooks

AMD GCN Architectures:

WCCFTechYearProcessFlagship GPUProductTransistors In BillionsMemoryBandwidth
Southern Islands201228nmTahitiHD 7000 Series4.3 3GB GDDR5264GB/s
Volcanic Islands201328nmHawaiiRadeon 200 / 300 Series6.24GB GDDR5320GB/s
Caribbean Islands201528nmFijiRadeon Fury Series8.94GB HBM1512GB/s
Polaris Architecture201614nmPolaris 10Radeon 400 SeriesTBA8GB GDDR5256 GB/s
Vega Architecture201714nmVega 10TBAUp To 18HBM21 TB/s
Navi Architecture2018TBATBATBATBANextgen MemoryTBA
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