AMD’s Dual ‘Fiji XT’ Flagship Spotted in Shipping Manifest – Launching Soon, Possible Nomenclature: ‘Radeon R9 Gemini’

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Oct 4, 2015

Details of the upcoming AMD Dual GPU with Fiji cores have finally leaked out. Zauba is one of the most authentic source of shipping information and they have just listed a “Fiji Gemini” shipped from AMD headquarters in Canada. Gemini, of course, is the astrological sign with the twin imagery and steeped history in Radeon GPUs, so it isn’t really surprising that we have spotted it once again. We know a dual GPU featuring two Fiji XT cores was going to be launched soon and this shipping manifest does gives us an idea of the tentative timeline.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X2 Dual Fiji GPU Graphics CardThe dual Fury XT graphic card by AMD. Picture credits: Anshel Sag 

AMD’s upcoming dual Fiji XT graphic card, codenamed Gemini, spotted in shipping manifest – launching soon

Given below is the shipping manifest in question, Now Gemini is the code-name AMD has previously used in the past for dual GPU variants and surprisingly, the manifest also contains another phrase: ‘Tobermory’. Now this could simply be a reference to the port that the card shipped from (which is unusual in the description but much more likely than the alternative) or it could be the actual codename of the card, with Gemini just being the class itself. Since AMD did not use the R9 390X designation for the Fury branded series of cards, I doubt they will call this particular graphic card the R9 395X2, instead, the R9 Fury X2 and R9 Gemini are much more probable candidates.

The manifest shows that AMD will be sticking with the Cooler Master heatsink, which is the standard aio liquid cooling solution used in the R9 Fury X (hopefully without the pump whine issues). Since the ‘FOC’ tag is mentioned, we know that the design is fully completed and (probably) already in the hands of select reviewers. Fortunately for us, the price of the card is also given, and while this is most definitely not going to be the price of the actual thing – it will allows us to get a tentative idea of the MSRP by using the price of the Fury X prototype.

AMD Radeon Fiji Gemini Tobermory

[Caution: Speculation] The R9 Fury X had an individual price of 75752  INR and we know its MSRP eventually turned out to be $649 MSRP. Since the Radeon R9 Gemini (lets call it that till we know what the confirmed nomenclature is) has a Price Per Unit of 125350 INR, using simple ratios, we arrive at a computed price tag of approximately $1073. 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 Gemini (no, this isn’t a typo, we will do a detailed piece on this in the coming future). A single R9 Fury XT boasts an impressive performance of 8.6 TFLOPs, so you are theoretically looking at one of the world’s most powerful single GPU solutions clocking just over 17.2 TFlops.

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.

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
Stream Processors 8192 4096 4096 3584 2816
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
TDP TBA 275W 175W 275W 250W
Power Connectors Dual 8-Pin Dual 8-Pin 8-Pin Dual 8-Pin 6+8 Pin
GFLOPS/Watt TBA 31.3 47.1 26.2 19.3
New Prices TBA $649 $499 $549 $299 (Retail)
Launch Date Early 2016 24th June 2015 7th September 2015 10th July 2015 24th October 2013