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AMD Radeon R9 Fury X2 ‘Gemini’ Paper Launching This Month – Market Availability in Q1 2016, Could Face Potential Delays

Usman Pirzada
Posted Dec 1, 2015
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We finally have a concrete date on the public disclosure of AMD’s upcoming dual GPU flagship: The Fury X2. The graphic card that was originally revealed at the Fury launch event, and later spotted in shipping manifests at Zauba, is going to be launched sometime this month (December). According to the publication, Benchlife.info, however, the event will only be a paper launch with real market availability sometime later in Q1 2016. While a paper launch in December usually means market availability by January, the source warns that due to scheduling issues in production the graphic card could face potential delays.

Radeon R9 Fury X2 to get paper launch this month – will hit the shelves in Q1 2016

We previously told you the approximate launch windows of the Fury X2, but this new report confirms that the launch is infact a paper launch and not a real one. While this isn’t in itself uncommon (all Fiji products were paper launched before the market availability), what is odd is that the report claims that AMD has had production scheduling difficulties – which could potentially result in delays. Since the paper launch is in December, that would usually mean the product hitting the shelves by January.

Benchlife.info claims that while AMD has delivered engineering samples for testing, it has yet to begun AIB seeding and full fledged mass production. Which if true, could mean a delay in the order of months, not weeks. Although the source in question is reliable and has been accurate in the past, I would still urge the usual grain of salt with this – just in case. While we are on the topic, I would also like to report that AMD’s Fury X2 was recently spotted on Zauba. AMD has decided to scrub the identifying information from GPU shipments but the timing and pricing of the item makes it pretty obvious.

The value of the IC (~125,000 INR) is exactly the same as the original Fiji  Gemini shipment we spotted. The FOC tag indicates that the chip has finished the prototyping stage and should be in the mass production stage. This was also present on the last shipment, a month back.  The card will feature a Cooler Master heatsink (closed loop liquid cooling solution). As  far as the price goes, there is no word but we can take a guess:

[Caution: Speculation] The R9 Fury X had an individual price of ~75750  INR and we know its MSRP eventually turned out to be $649 MSRP. Since the Radeon R9 Fury X2 has a Price Per Unit of ~125000 INR, using simple ratios, we arrive at a computed price tag of approximately ~$1070. Please note that this is a very tentative number (and anything but confirmed) but it should still give us a general idea of what to expect. With a starting MSRP of near $1100, the R9 Gemini with dual Fiji XTs could easily drop below the $950 mark (the R9 295X2 started at $1500 and eventually made its way down to $1000). [/Speculation]

The dual Fury XT graphic card will pack over 8192 stream processors in 128 CUs. Since a single Fury X has 4 ACEs and 2 HWS you are looking at a total of 8 ACEs and 4 HWS for the Radeon R9 Fury X2 with a total of 16.38 TFlops worth of FP32 compute. 

Needless to say, this is more than ample power to deliver a rock solid 60 frames per second at 4K resolution. Virtual Reality is all the buzz right now and currently the VR standard is at 2k with 90 frames per second, so once again, this product will be able to offer an absolutely seamless gameplay experience when combined with the Oculus Rift. AMD’s Liquid VR technology will be the icing on the case. All those presentations we saw about Affinity MultiGPU where one chip powers one eye is exactly what this is all about.

Radeon R9 Fury X2 Specifications

WCCFTechAMD Radeon R9 Fury X2AMD Radeon R9 Fury XAMD Radeon R9 FuryAMD Radeon R9 Nano
GPU Fiji XT x 2 Fiji XT Fiji Pro Fiji XT
Stream Processors8192 40963584 4096
GCN Compute Units128 64 56 64
Render Output Units128646464
Texture Mapping Units512256224256
GPU FrequencyUp to 1000 MhzUp to 1050MhzUp to 1000 MHzUp to 1000 MHz
Memory8GB HBM (4 GB Per GPU) 4GB HBM 4GB HBM 4GB HBM
Memory Interface8192bit (4096 Per GPU) 4096bit 4096bit 4096bit
Memory Frequency500Mhz500Mhz500Mhz500 MHz
Effective Memory Speed 1Gbps 1Gbps 1Gbps1Gbps
Memory Bandwidth1 Terabyte/s512GB/s512GB/s512GB/s
CoolingLiquidLiquid, 120mm RadiatorAir, Custom AIB SolutionsAir, Single Fan/Custom AIB Solutions
Performance (FP32)16.38 TFLOPS8.6 TFLOPS 7.2 TFLOPS 8.19 TFLOPS
TDP~375W275W275W175W
GFLOPS/Watt~43.731.326.247.1
Launch PriceTBA$649$549$649
Launch DateDecember 201524th June 201510th July 20157th September 2015

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