AMD Unveils $650 R9 Fury X And $550 R9 Fury – Powered By Fiji, World’s First HBM GPU
AMD has officially launched its new Radeon lineup with Fury X, Fury, Fury Nano as well as the upcoming Radeon 300 series lineup here at E3. So they’re finally here the AMD Radeon Fury X and Fury, the graphics cards that everyone’s been anticipating. We also managed to see numerous 300 series graphics cards as well. The new Fury X flagship is launching on the 24th of June and will cost $650. Fury on the other hand will launch on the 12th of July and will cost $550.
Needless to say these newcomers will be AMD’s fastest and most advanced graphics chips to date. The Fiji GPU, both the XT and Pro variants, form the foundation of AMD’s new ultra enthusiast “Fury” brand. There are several reasons as to why AMD decided to resurrect the “Fury” brand name with Fiji. Chief among which is that with Fiji AMD will be introducing the world’s first GPU featuring 3D stacked High Bandwidth Memory, otherwise known as HBM. Another reason is the sheer performance of the chip, which AMD has proclaimed to be the fastest in the world. To crown these achievements AMD decided that a simple numerical product name will not do this chip justice and thus will be bringing back the Fury brand name.
AMD Introduces Radeon R9 Fury X, R9 Fury, R9 Nano And 300 Series At E3
AMD debuted a brand new card along with R9 Fury X and R9 Fury called Fury Nano. Which measures 6 inches long and is the fastest mini-itx graphics card in the world. It features a cut down fiji GPU ( Fiji LE ) with 4GB of HBM. AMD states that the card is faster than the R9 290X and has 2x the performance per watt of the R9 290X. So we may very well be looking at a graphics card that uses nearly half the power of the R9 290X.
AMD also confirmed Fury and Fury X. Just like we said, Fury will feature Fiji Pro with air cooling. While Fury X will be the watercooled flagship featuring Fiji XT. AMD announced pricing for Fury X will be $650 and it will launch on June 24th. Fury is priced at $550 and it will launch on July 12th.
Here are the specifications for AMD’s upcoming “ultra-enthusiast” Fury line of graphics cards. Powered by AMD’s largest, most powerful and most advanced GPU to date code named Fiji.
|WCCFTech||AMD Radeon R9 Fury X2||AMD Radeon R9 Fury X||AMD Radeon R9 Nano||AMD Radeon R9 Fury||AMD Radeon R9 290X|
|GPU||Fiji XT x 2||Fiji XT||Fiji XT||Fiji Pro||Hawaii XT|
|GCN Compute Units||128||64||64||56||44|
|Render Output Units||128||64||64||64||64|
|Texture Mapping Units||512||256||256||224||176|
|GPU Frequency||TBA||Up to 1050Mhz||Up to 1000 MHz||Up to 1000 MHz||1000Mhz|
|Memory||8GB HBM (4 GB Per Chip)||4GB HBM||4GB HBM||4GB HBM||4GB GDDR5|
|Memory Interface||4096-bit x 2||4096bit||4096bit||4096bit||512bit|
|Memory Frequency||500Mhz||500Mhz||500 MHz||500Mhz||1250Mhz|
|Effective Memory Speed||1Gbps||1Gbps||1Gbps||1Gbps||5Gbps|
|Memory Bandwidth||1024 GB/s||512GB/s||512GB/s||512GB/s||320GB/s|
|Cooling||Liquid||Liquid, 120mm Radiator||Air, Single Fan. Custom AIB Solutions Later||Air, Custom AIB Solutions||Air, Single Blower Fan|
|Performance (SPFP)||17.2 TFLOPS||8.6 TFLOPS||8.19 TFLOPS||7.2 TFLOPS||5.6 TFLOPS|
|Power Connectors||Dual 8-Pin||Dual 8-Pin||8-Pin||Dual 8-Pin||6+8 Pin|
|New Prices||TBA||$649||$499||$549||$299 (Retail)|
|Launch Date||Early 2016||24th June 2015||7th September 2015||10th July 2015||24th October 2013|
Now let’s briefly talk about Fiji and it’s new secret weapon, HBM.
HBM represents the revolutionary step that has been so badly needed in the evolution of graphics memory standards. The first generation of HBM promises to deliver 4.5X the bandwidth of GDDR5 and a staggering 16 times the bandwidth of DDR3.
Both GDDR5 and DDR3 are eclipsed by the 128 GB/s figure for first generation HBM.
The second generation promises to double the bandwidth by doubling the speed from 1Gbps to 2Gbps. While also quadrupling the memory capacity for 4-Hi stacks from 1GB to 4GB. HBM2 will be featured in AMD’s upcoming Arctic Islands graphics architecture with the “Greenland” flagship GPU.
In our technical deep dive on Fiji we were able to draw a rough estimate of the Fiji’s performance based on the core count and the clock speed. But as we can’t yet quantify the performance benefit from HBM without rigorous testing we left it out of the equation. Even without putting HBM into the equation the estimated performance of Fiji XT is quite phenomenal.