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We knew it was coming before it was announced, and this was one of the cards I was most excited about. AMD has finally detailed the Radeon R9 Nano, based on its new Fiji architecture and High Bandwidth Memory (HBM).
The AMD Radeon R9 Nano features the Fiji GPU, 4GB of HBM on a 4096-bit wide memory bus with 512GB/sec of bandwidth. We're looking at 200% the performance per watt of the Radeon R9 290X, with the Radeon R9 Nano only featuring one 8-pin PCIe power connector and a TDP of just 175W.
AMD is expected to launch the Radeon R9 Nano later this summer.
NVIDIA released the GeForce GTX 980 Ti at Computex 2015, blowing us away initially, but we were more excited over what the AIB partners were going to provide with custom cards. Well, here we are with GAINWARD teasing its new GeForce GTX 980 Ti PHOENIX "Golden Sample" card.
The GAINWARD GeForce GTX 980 Ti PHOENIX "Golden Sample" card features a Base Clock of 1152MHz (1241MHz Boost) and 6GB of VRAM at 7GHz. This represents an 11% overclock on the reference design from NVIDIA. Better yet, GAINWARD has used a triple-fan design to keep it cool, with a "Zero RPM fan design" that sees the fans stay stationary until the GPU itself reaches 60C.
We have reached out to GAINWARD to secure a sample, so with my fingers crossed we should have a review of this beast sometime in July.
E3 2015 - Now that AMD has made its Radeon R9 Fury X official, we're finding out the official specifications behind the HBM-based, Fiji XT-powered video card.
The Radeon R9 Fury X is built on the 28nm process with 4096 stream processors, 64 Compute Units, 256 TMUs, 64 ROPs, 4GB of HBM on a 4096-bit memory bus resulting in up to 512GB/sec of memory bandwidth. You'll need two 8-pin PCIe power connectors to get it running, with the Radeon R9 Fury X having a TDP of 275W.
The total compute performance of the card sits at 8.6 TFLOPS with the GPU clocked at 1050MHz and the RAM at 500MHz/1Gbps. The texture fill rate on the Fury X is at 268.8 GT/s, with FreeSync, DirectX 12, Mantle, Vulkan support and much more.
E3 2015 - Our friends over at Hardware Canucks were able to snap a photo of the PCBs of the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X and Radeon R9 290X, where we get to see what's making them tick.
As you can see, the top card being the Radeon R9 Fury X is much smaller than the R9 290X thanks to its use of High Bandwidth Memory. You can see the 4GB of HBM sitting next to the die itself, which when compared to the 16 chips of GDDR5 on the R9 290X which surround the entire GPU, it saves some considerable physical space on the PCB.
This space saving and use of HBM also saves space to the right of the GPU, where memory VRMs aren't needed. VRMs require more power, and pump out a great amount of heat, but the omission of these on the R9 Fury X means we should get a card with a ton of power, without making huge amounts of noise or running overly hot. Even if it does require watercooling by default.
E3 2015 - AMD finally made the Radeon R9 Fury X official yesterday, as well as the super-small Radeon R9 Nano, but it was the tease of the dual Fiji-based Radeon R9 Fury X2 video card that has everyone talking.
Anshel Sag from Moors Insights & Strategy snapped a photo of the Radeon R9 Fury X2, which looks to be around 8-10 inches long - the same length as the small Radeon R9 Fury X itself. It's also powered by just two 8-pin PCIe power connectors, with countless PCB space saved thanks to AMD using the next generation High Bandwidth Memory technology.
We should hopefully see more information on the Radeon R9 Fury X2 in the coming months.
E3 2015 - While AMD might have just unveiled its new Fiji architecture, with three new cards in the Radeon R9 Fury X, Radeon R9 Fury and Radeon R9 Nano.
The new Fiji-powered cards will be joined by a super-powered card in the form of what I'm sure will be a huge Radeon R9 Fury X2, a dual-GPU based, Fiji-powered beast. With 8.9 billion transistors, a dual-GPU version of Fury X is sure to pack a mind-blowing, never-before-seen 15.8 billion transistor, a monster like nothing ever released.
E3 2015 - AMD has finally, finally made the Radeon R9 Fury X official. Not only that, but we've seen the Fury announced which will be an aircooled video card. The Radeon R9 Fury X will be the next-gen, HBM-powered card that will be watercooled. AMD will be selling the Radeon R9 Fury X at $649, while the R9 Fury will be priced at $549.
AMD also introduced the Radeon R9 Nano, a Fiji-powered card that is super, super small. A super small video card with HBM, measuring in at just 6 inches, with "significantly more power" than the Radeon R9 290X. The Radeon R9 Nano features 2x more performance per watt than the Radeon R9 290X, which is saying quite a lot about the new Fiji architecture.
4096 stream processors, compared to 2816 in the Radeon R9 290X. Fury X features 8.6 TFLOPS and 8.9 billion transistors. The Fiji XT-powered Radeon R9 Fury X is a beast of a video card. AMD said that the cooler can handle 500W, while the entire board uses no more than 275W, while it sits at 50C.
During Computex 2015, we delivered the world exclusive news that AMD would be calling its HBM-powered next-gen video card the Radeon R9 Fury X, something that SKHynix just confirmed through a press release.
SKHynix said that the new HBM1 used on the Radeon R9 Fury X is made on their advanced 20nm-class DRAM process technology, offering a 1024-bit memory interface, with 128GB/sec. Not only that, but it will consume over 50% less power than traditional GDDR5 used on today's video cards. Thanks to four chips being stacked on top of one another, that 1024-bit interface turns into 4096-bit on the Radeon R9 Fury X, with 512GB/sec of memory bandwidth being made available.
In the press release, SKHynix said: "AMD announced the Radeon R9 Fury X, the world's first video card with HBM technology in Los Angeles on June 16th. The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X video card utilizes 4GB HBM1 to achieve up to 512GB/second memory bandwidth performance while reducing memory subsystem power by up to 85%".
It's now the week of the launch of AMD's new video cards, with the rebranded Radeon R9 390X now being teased from SAPPHIRE in the form of the SAPPHIRE Radeon R9 390X Tri-X OC.
SAPPHIRE's Radeon R9 390X Tri-X OC will rock the Grenada XT (Hawaii XT) GPU, which will include 2816 stream processors, 176 TMUs, and 64 ROPS. We should see 8GB of GDDR5 clocked at 6100MHz on its 512-bit memory bus, while the Core is clocked at 1055MHz. SAPPHIRE has rated the Radeon R9 390X Tri-X OC with a 375W TDP, consuming its power through two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. Where this card is different to other cards, is its Tri-X cooler which sports triple fans and a huge aluminum heat sink array with 10mm copper heat pipes.
But it's the news of the Radeon R9 Fury X that has me excited, based on the Fiji XT core and running that sure-to-be delicious High Bandwidth Memory. We should also expect the Fury, another HBM-powered card that will sport the Fiji Pro GPU. Both of these new cards are expected to be unveiled at the PC Gamer Show hosted by AMD on June 16 during E3 this week.
Our friends over at PC Perspective have received a few photos of the upcoming Radeon R9 Fury X video card from AMD, giving us a closer look at the self-contained watercooler.
The cooler is absolutely huge, with it being thicker than the dual-slot R9 Fury X itself. According to PCPer's estimates, the radiator should be around 45mm thick, but the fan itself is in-set into the cooler design, which is a nice touch.
The tubing between the Fury X and the radiator is heavily braided, which means it'll be protected against the usual wear and tear, as well as help evaporation. You can get a much better feel for how short the Radeon R9 Fury X in these shots, especially when compared to even the new Radeon R9 390X.