AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, R9 Nano and Fury Unveiled

At the PCGaming Show, AMD Officially showed off their latest Radeon R9 Fury X graphics card which is powered by their most powerful Fiji GPU. Along with the R9 Fury X, AMD also unveiled two other Fiji GPU powered graphics cards which include the $549 US Fury air-cooled and the Radeon R9 Nano which is a really elegant and small graphics card which packs a lot of performance. The Radeon R9 Fury X and Fury officially launch on 24th June and 14th July respectively. The R9 Nano is planned for launch in Summer 2015.

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AMD Radeon R9 Fury X – Fiji GPU Based, HBM Powered, $649 US Priced Small Form Factor and 8 1/2 TFLOP Powerhouse

The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X will be the latest and greatest graphics card from AMD featuring their new Fiji GPU core which is the first to utilize high-bandwidth memory. We covered the specifications of the card yesterday and found out what really lies beneath the GPU core. The Fiji GPU which measures around 560mm2 is the biggest chip AMD has ever produced but it is also the fastest. Packed inside the Fiji GPU core are 8.9 billion transistors and 64 Compute Units, each featuring 64 stream processors. After running the numbers, we get a total of 4096 stream cores, 128 raster operation units and 256 texture mapping units. These are insane specifications for a card that is meant to push 4K performance. With its very compute oriented architecture, the Fiji GPU pumps out a really vast 8.6 TFlops of compute performance (FP32) which is impressive.

The Radeon R9 Fury X also comes packed with HBM along side the GPU die. The GPU and HBM are actually allotted space on an interposer die which measures around 1000mm2. While the complete chip is larger than any previous GPU ever produced, HBM saves a lot of space around the PCB which would otherwise have been taken over by several GDDR5 chips. This leads to significantly smaller PCB and design schemes like the one we have seen in renders, reducing the cost and heat output of flagship graphics cards. The card comes packed with 4 GB of HBM memory that operates along a 4096-bit wide bus interface, clocked at 500 MHz and pumps out 512 GB/s bandwidth. The core clock is maintained at 1050 MHz for reference designs and leads to a total of 8.6 TFlops of FP32 compute performance. AMD has managed to squeeze more performance per watt out of their Fiji GPU compared to their last gen Hawaii GPU that is rated around 28.7 GFlops/W versus 19.4 GFlops/W. The Display outputs include three display ports and a single HDMI connector.

Aside from the Fury X, AMD also confirmed the air cooled Fury graphics cards powered by the Fiji Pro graphics cards. The simple R9 Fury graphics card comes with 3584 stream process, 56 ROPs and has clock speeds of 1.0 GHz core and 4 GB (500 MHz) HBM memory that pumps out 512 Gb/s bandwidth along a 4096-bit wide bus interface. The card is priced at $549 US.

AMD Radeon R9 NANO Unveiled – Half the Size, Half the Power

AMD also launched the Radeon R9 NANO graphics card which is Fiji based with half the size of R9 290X and has half the power of the Radeon R9 290X. It is an impressive feat and shows the scalibility of the Fiji GPU architecture. The card is based on a significant cut down version of the Fiji GPU but is only 15 centimeters long and is powered by a single fan which shows that it is an extremely power efficient graphics card. The surprising thing about this little card is that it has a 6 inches in length yet is faster than Hawaii which is fused on the R9 390 series and 290 series cards. It comes with a 175W thermal solution and is powered by a single 8-Pin power connector.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X and Fury Performance Benchmarks:

The first performance results have been posted by our friend DGLee over at his website IYD. The results which are based off synthetic benchmarks show the Radeon R9 Fury X performing much faster than the GeForce GTX Titan X and GTX 980 Ti while the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is faster than the Radeon R9 Fury. The Radeon R9 390X is faster on higher resolutions than the Radeon R9 290X and GTX 970 but is somewhat slower compared to the GTX 980.

The 3DMark Firestrike results are quite surprising as the Radeon R9 Fury X delivers better performance than Titan X and 980 Ti up till 4K but the performance gets worse beyond 4K at resolution of 5K and 8K which shows that the 4 GB HBM VRAM is not enough to keep the cards powered up on higher resolution screens beyond 4K.

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MAKING BEAUTIFUL MEMORY.

AMD Radeon ™ R9 Fury X graphics is the world’s first graphics card to integrate on-chip High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) technology. AMD’s lastest industry innovation delivers more than 3X the bandwidth per watt over GDDR5 and a 4096-bit memory interface for incredible new advances in power and efficiency.

ENJOY THE VIEW.

AMD Radeon ™ R9 Fury X graphics is engineered for 4K gaming, DirectX® 12 and Vulkan ™ APIs, max settings, and ultimate monitor configuration flexibilicy. Expand your field of view with AMD Eyefinity technology and experience the smoothest 6K gameplay using 3×1 1440p FreeSync ™ -enabled monitors.

SMALL SIZE. GIANT IMPACT.

The sleek, envy-inducing new form of AMD Radeon ™ R9 Fury X graphics packs an onboard GPU Tach activity meter and LED illumination, plus the raw graphics processing power for a true GPU paradigm shift.

REDEFINE REALITY.

AMD Radeon ™ R9 Fury X graphics is blazing the trail in virtual reality. AMD LiquidVR ™ ensures world-class VR experiences with low latency and a broad level of head mounted display compatibility.

Most of this information has already been know but its good to see the whole thing shaping up nicely. We still don’t have an accurate pricing for the card but performance results were posted few days ago which showed the card performing slightly ahead of the GeForce GTX 980 Ti in 3DMark Firestrike Ultra/Extreme. It will be very interesting to see the card going up against NVIDIA’s top GM200 GPU core. The launch of the Radeon R9 Fury X is planned for sometime later in June while the announcement is expected along side the rest of the Radeon 300 series family at the 16th June E3 event hosted by PCGamer and AMD.

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Graphics Card:

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AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Specifications:

Techrival Radeon R9 Fury X2 Radeon R9 Fury X (Water Cooled) Radeon R9 Nano (Air Cooled) Radeon R9 Fury (Air Cooled) Radeon R9 290X
GPU Fiji XT x 2 Fiji XT Fiji LE? Fiji Pro Hawaii XT
Stream Processors 8192 4096 TBA 3584 2816
GCN Compute Units 128 64 TBA 56 44
Render Output Units 128 64 TBA 64 64
Texture Mapping Units 512 256 TBA 224 176
GPU Frequency TBA ≥ 1050Mhz TBA 1000Mhz 1000Mhz
Memory 8GB HBM (4 GB Per Chip) 4GB HBM TBA 4GB HBM 4GB GDDR5
Memory Interface 4096-bit x 2 4096bit TBA 4096bit 512bit
Memory Frequency 500Mhz 500Mhz TBA 500Mhz 1250Mhz
Effective Memory Speed 1Gbps 1Gbps 1Gbps 1Gbps 5Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 1024 GB/s 512GB/s TBA 512GB/s 320GB/s
Cooling Liquid Liquid, 120mm RadiatorAir Cooling, 3 Axial Fans Air, Single Fan Air, 3 Axial Fans Air, Single Blower Fan
Performance (SPFP) 17 TFLOPS ≥ 8.6 TFLOPS TBA 7.2 TFLOPS 5.6 TFLOPS
TDP TBC 275W 175W 275W 290W
Power Connectors Dual 8-Pin Dual 8-Pin 8-Pin 6+8 Pin? 6+8 Pin
GFLOPS/Watt ~ ≥ 28.7 TBA 26.2 19.4
Launch Price 1499 US? $649 TBA $549 $549
Launch Date Autumn 2015 24th June 2015 Summer 2015 14th July 2015 24th October 2013