Today we’re bringing you the confirmed specs for AMD’s upcoming Fiji powered enthusiast graphics cards. The Radeon Fury X and Radeon Fury. We’ve been working very closely with our sources to confirm the specifications for AMD’s upcoming Fury X, powered by the Fiji XT GPU, and Fury powered by the Fiji Pro GPU.
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.
We have a lot of information to share with you today about AMD’s upcoming flagships. So without any further delay let’s get to it.
AMD Radeon Fury X And Fury Specs Confirmed – Immensely Powerful Cards Powered By Fiji, The World’s First HBM GPU
Let’s briefly discuss the differences between Fury X and Fury. Both cards feature AMD’s brand new Fiji GPU and stacked High Bandwidth Memory technology. Fury X will be AMD’s highest end offering, the Radeon flagship. The card is based on Fiji XT, the fully unlocked variant of the Fiji GPU. Fury is also based on Fiji silicon, however it will be powered by Fiji Pro a slightly less powerful variant with a few GCN compute units disabled. So in essence the relationship between Fury X and Fury is quite similar to the one between the R9 290X and R9 290 or the HD 7970 and HD 7950.
Another difference, we’re told, is that Fury X will come with both water cooled and air cooled reference designs. Fury on the other hand will only feature an air cooled reference design. However that doesn’t preclude AMD’s add-in-board partners such as Sapphire, HIS, Powercolor and so on from making custom water cooled versions of Fury. Only that AMD’s reference design is going to feature air cooling. Powercolor for example has shown a water-cooled version of the upcoming R9 390X at Computex called the Devil 13. And we wouldn’t be at all surprised if they launch a water cooled Fury. We’ll discuss the cooling solutions later in the article but first let’s take a look at the specifications of AMD’s Fury X and Fury graphics cards. As well as the two variants of the Fiji GPU powering them.
|Techrival||Fury X (Water Cooled)||Fury X (Air Cooled)||Fury (Air Cooled)||R9 290X|
|GPU||Fiji XT||Fiji XT||Fiji Pro||Hawaii XT|
|GCN Compute Units||64||64||56||44|
|Render Output Units||128||128||128||64|
|Texture Mapping Units||256||256||224||176|
|GPU Frequency||≥ 1050Mhz||1050Mhz||1000Mhz||1000Mhz|
|Memory||4GB HBM||4GB HBM||4GB HBM||4GB GDDR5|
|Effective Memory Speed||1Gbps||1Gbps||1Gbps||5Gbps|
|Cooling||Liquid, 120mm Radiator||Air, 3 Axial Fans||Air, 3 Axial Fans||Air, Single Blower Fan|
|Performance (SPFP)||≥ 8.6 TFLOPS||8.6 TFLOPS||7.2 TFLOPS||5.6 TFLOPS|
Fiji, and the Fury line of cards which are based on it, feature notable improvements across the board. Performance is obviously significantly improved. Fury X is faster than the R9 290X by a minimum of 54%. Which brings us to the second major improvement. Fury X achieves this performance improvement with a TDP that’s a meager 10W higher. Which makes Fury X 48% more power efficient than AMD’s previous single GPU flagship the R9 290X, which is quite remarkable.
We’ve also been told that since Fiji’s die is measurably bigger than that of Hawaii, it’s considerably easier to cool. Because the heat will be distributed across a larger surface area, which will allow it to dissipate more readily. This is good news, especially considering that AIBs will also be bringing out newer and more effective cooling solutions.
On an even brighter note, we’ve been told that AMD’s reference air cooler for Fury X and Fury is actually quite beefy. And will keep the chips cool even with an overclock. The cooler features three axial fans blowing air onto a large heatsink. A concept that’s been popularized by AIBs such as Gigabyte who have employed it for many years. And is quite similar to what Asus has shown at Computex with their brand new triple fan Strix cooler. Which the company has hinted towards being compatible with AMD’s Fiji GPU.
Going back to the technical specifications of Fiji. AMD has doubled the Render Output Units, ROPs, with Fiji compared to Hawaii. So even though the core count has gone by less than 50% AMD decided to double the ROP count. Which shows a major focus on performance at high resolutions. In which ROPs are taxed the most.
AMD has also managed to significantly improve the area efficiency. We don’t have an official die size for Fiji yet but we do have a fairly good idea about how large this chip is. And what we are able to conclude is that AMD has managed to improve the performance by over 50% with Fiji vs Hawaii. While only expan
ding the silicon area, i.e. size of the chip, by roughly 25%. Which means that AMD has achieved the holy trifecta of semiconductor engineering. Greater performance, greater power efficiency and greater area efficiency.
AMD’s launching the Radeon 300 series and the Fury series of graphics cards on June 16th at E3 and the event will be live streamed over the web. Until then we’ll make sure to keep you updated as more information is made available to us, so stay tuned.