As always, please allocate a few seconds to noticing the very pretty looking rumor tag above. AMD is planing on unveiling its next generation GPU lineup on the 16th of June. While we already have a pretty good idea of the tech itself, the nitty gritty of the details remain hazy. Hwbattle.com, a tech publication that has been spot on so far, claims that AMD will be launching with not two but 3 flavors of Fury: the Fury PRO, the Fury XT and the Fury Nano.
Fury Nano allegedly part of Fiji lineup, followed by Fury ‘XT’ and Fury ‘PRO’
The report states that AMD will be releasing three different classes of Fury – Nano, XT and PRO. If the report is accurate than the Fury Nano is most probably the water cooled Fiji GPU we have seen everywhere. We also know that triple fan variants are going to be present at the launch ceremony. Looks like AMD is gearing up for quite a launch at E3. The report also states that the Fiji flagship will be trading bows with the GTX 980 Ti. The price point of $899 is mentioned again. Infact, the same price point was mentioned recently by Hermitage Akihabara who have stated that AMD is still deliberating on re-adjusting it based on the GTX 980 Ti’s performance levels.
If AMD does not reduce the price then the top tier Fury GPU could have that price tag while the other models are priced significantly lower. This pricing strategy, if it turns out to be true, will allow AMD to deploy market skimming as well as undercutting Nvidia pricing at the same time. The only problem with this strategy is Fiji’s limitation of 4GB vRAM compared to the 980 Ti’s 6GB of vRAM – it remains to be seen what affect this will have, if any, on actual performance and consumer perception.
As far as what we can deduce from the naming strategy, the Nano is the most easily guessed at. The term Nano possibly indicates the super small 19cm footprint of the water cooled edition of Fiji. The XT and PRO variants will probably be air cooled and the triple-fan air cooler we have heard so much about probably comes into play here. We also know that custom AIB variants of atleast one model are expected – the Fury PRO being the most likely candidate in this case. In any case, speculation is pointless since the release is practically a few days away now. The reveal of the Fury Nano naming scheme however – is worth talking about. Assuming the report is accurate ofcourse.
|WCCFTech||AMD Radeon Fury X||AMD Radeon Fury||AMD Radeon R9 390X||AMD Radeon R9 290X|
|GPU Code Name||Fiji XT||Fiji PRO||Hawaii XT||Hawaii XT|
|GPU Cores / Shaders||4096||TBD||2816||2816|
|Memory||4GB Stacked HBM||4GB Stacked HBM||8GB GDDR5||4GB GDDR5|
|Memory Interface||4096 Wide IO||4096 Wide IO||512bit GDDR5||512bit GDDR5|
|Total Memory Bandwidth||512GB/S||512GB/S||384GB/S||320GB/S|
|GPU Clock Speed||1.05Ghz||TBD||1.05Ghz||1Ghz|
* Estimated from core count and clock speed.