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One of the main benefits of AMD's Radeon R9 Fury and R9 Fury X cards is their use of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM), and thanks to AMD's relationship with SK Hynix, AMD has 'priority access' to HBM2, according to WCCFTech.
HBM2 is going to be limited in supply at first, the same problems associated with HBM1 right now, and with NVIDIA set to use HBM2 on their upcoming 16nm-based Pascal architecture, AMD will have the one-up on its competitor. AMD should be able to secure most of the HBM2 produced at the time, which is exactly the position AMD wants to be in, come 2016.
If this is true, it is going to force NVIDIA into a corner. NVIDIA needs to jump to HBM2 with its shift to 16nm, and its first GPU based on the Pascal architecture. But, if NVIDIA finds it hard to secure HBM2 because AMD has 'priority access' to the first batches of the super-fast VRAM, this could cause a big issue for NVIDIA's next-gen cards. HBM2 is expected to drive memory bandwidth to 1TB/sec, up from the 512GB/sec possible on the Fury X, and 334GB/sec on the GTX 980 Ti.
Another impressive addition by this video card brand to add to the wish-list is the newly announced Colorful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti iGame Ymir-X. Set to offer a big range of features, this card is cooled by a dual-slot, three-fan setup complete with a twin aluminum fin-stack heat sink and six 8mm-thick nickel-plated copper pipes to help draw out heat.
The three fans change speeds with temperature and come coupled with a red LED Colorful iGame logo. Complete with a custom PCB, this 8-pin PCIe powered card uses a 14-phase VRM and silver contact points, doing away with the regular copper offering.
Factory overclocking is just the beginning, with this GeForce 980Ti running at a core speed of 1127 MHz and a 1216 MHz boost with 7 GHz of memory. If all of this isn't enough for you, there's even a toolkit included in the box - but no pricing just yet.
While we were the first site in the world to post triple 4K benchmarks at 11,520x2160 on our Fury X cards in CrossFire, we didn't get our hands on four of them to test. Well, DGLee at IYD.KR has gotten his hands on four of the Fury X cards and thrown them into a 4-way GPU battle against four NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X cards in SLI at 4K.
DGLee was running Windows 8.1, an Intel Core i7-5960X, 8GB of DDR4, all on a Rampage V Extreme motherboard. But how were t hose results? Well, take a look below, for all of the 'average relative performance' of the 12 titles run. At 2560x1440, the Fury X cards in CrossFire are able to barely beat the Titan X cards in SLI, but at 4K, the 3- and 4-way Fury X cards really come out into their own and beat the Titan X cards. Even though it's by 15% in 4-way, CrossFire scaling is great on Fury X.
We start off with 4K:
Next, we have 1440p:
We noticed the annoying pump noise on both of our AMD Radeon R9 Fury X samples, but with cards going to consumers with this noise, it's not good. What is good however, is that AMD is finally addressing the issue, shipping cards with 'sound baffling adhesive' that will make the card quieter.
AMD said in a statement: "We have received feedback that during open bench testing a small number of Fury X cards emit a sound from the high speed liquid cooling pump that, while not loud, is bothersome to some users. While the vast majority of initial Fury X owners report remarkably quiet operation, we take this feedback seriously, as AMD's mission is to always deliver the best possible experience to our Radeon customers".
"While not loud" is quite the statement, as it is incredibly annoying. The question is, how did any of these cards make it out of AMD like this? Did they not test the cards at all, and just send them out? The pump noise is very apparent, to anyone sitting near the Fury X when its under load. AMD continued: "AMD Radeon R9 Fury X customers demand and deserve the best, so adjustments in the sound baffling adhesive compound were applied in the assembly of the high speed cooling pump to address the specific sound a few end users experienced as problematic. This improved the acoustic profile of the pump, and repeat testing shows the specific pitch/sound in question was largely reduced through adjustments to the sound-baffling adhesive compound in the pump".
AMD has just launched a new video card for the professional market, with the new FirePro S9170 Accelerator. This new card replaces the FirePro S9150, and has a few new tricks up its sleeve.
For starters, the new FirePro S9170 Accelerator includes the Grenada XT GPU, 32GB of GDDR5, and is aimed at DGEMM (Dense General Matrix) and sever workloads, with OpenCL 2.0 support to boot. With 32GB of GDDR5 on-board, it is one of the most VRAM packed compute cards on the market. NVIDIA's closest card is the Tesla K80 with 24GB of GDDR5.
Spec wise, the AMD FirePro S9170 rocks 2816 stream processors, 44 compute engines, 176 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 930MHz on its Grenada XT GPU. The 32GB of GDDR5 is clocked lower than usual, sitting at 5GHz like most professional cards. We have a 512-bit memory bus, resulting in 320GB/sec of available memory bandwidth. FP64/FP32 compute performance sits at 2.62 and 5.24 TFlops, respectively.
Brandishing a custom design, Sapphire's Radeon R9 Fury has been showcased complete with a triple-slot air cooling system and an AMD reference PCB. The triple-fan design is hooked up to a dual-stack heat sink that sticks out much further than the mainboard as similarly seen with some competing cards. It wasn't too long ago that we heard about the leaked specifications on the Radeon R9 Fury, either.
The included leaked specifications come to us courtesy of VideoCardz and TechPowerUp and showcase a core configuration of 56/64 compute units enabled, 3,584 stream processors and 4GB 4096-bit HBM to back it all up.
The core clock speed sits at 1,000MHz and you can expect the the memory clock to be 500MHz. If you're looking for a little extra speed, Sapphire is also going to offer a factory-overclocked edition with a 1040MHz core. These cards are to be launched in one week.
According to VideoCardz.com, NVIDIA will be launching its new GM205-260 based card as the GeForce GTX 950, and not the GeForce GTX 950 Ti like we reported last week.
This new card will most likely be a "cut down version of [the] full GM206-300 processor" according to the site. The new GeForce GTX 950 will reportedly be available in both 2GB and 4GB versions, with the GDDR5 being spread out on a 128-bit memory bus. The only difference between the GTX 960 and the upcoming GTX 950 will be the CUDA count, and its clock speeds.
We should expect NVIDIA to announce the new cards in the coming weeks.
One of the key features of the new Radeon 300 and R9 Fury series of cards was something that AMD introduced as 'Frame Rate Target Control', which effectively limits how many frames per second that your card renders, which in turn has some serious power savings and limits the total heat output of your card - great, huh?
Jason Evangelho, a contributor for PCWorld has played around with it with some great results. He reports that there's a limited of between 55FPS and 95FPS for most DX10- and DX11-based games. The benefits of FRTC is reduced power consumption, heat output, and fan noise. In games where your new Radeon R9 390X or Radeon R9 Fury X might not be doing much work - in something like League of Legends - the power savings could be immense.
Instead of pushing 200FPS+, you can limit your AMD GPU to your monitor's refresh of 60Hz (for example) and have your card doing one-third the work. But what are the benefits like? Let's start with GPU temperatures:
As you can see here, PCWorld has tested Heaven Valley with FRTC limited to 55FPS, with the R9 390X hitting 60C. But when it is unleashed without a frame rate cap, it reaches 71C. That is quite the difference, 18% actually.
When it comes to noise output, when the card is limited to 55FPS, the R9 390X makes 59dB of noise, compared to 66dB when it's not limited.
The biggest benefit of all comes from the total system power draw, where if the card is limited to 55FPS, the Radeon R9 390X from SAPPHIRE consumes just 285W maximum. Unleashed, it consumes up to 424W which is a huge difference of 48%. Now that, is something worth writing home about.
It wasn't more than 12 hours ago that we reported on what the Radeon R9 Fury will have in store for us, but now we're seeing that the pricing on the upcoming ASUS Radeon R9 Fury STRIX video card.
The ASUS Radeon R9 Fury STRIX will include the 3584 stream processors that will come on the Fiji PRO based GPU, 4GB of HBM, and the awesome STRIX cooler from ASUS. We should expect the ASUS made R9 Fury STRIX to be priced at around $700, which is really jumping into the GeForce GTX 980 Ti territory.
Now we have to hope that ASUS is able to do something with the clocks on the card, because the SP count is down from the Fury X, which is only toe-to-toe and not a total GTX 980 Ti beater. If the R9 Fury can't beat the GTX 980 Ti, this pricing might be far too high for most people.
World exclusive: AMD launched the Radeon R9 Fury X not too long ago, and while it was a great card for 4K gaming, the requirement of a radiator and watercooling setup stopped it from greatness. But, the Radeon R9 Fury is the card that will really see AMD fight back at NVIDIA, but the specs have been kept under wraps, until now.
We were the first to bring you news of AMD calling its next generation video card the Fury X, and here we are again with the first official specs on the Fury. According to our industry insiders, the Radeon R9 Fury will feature 3584 Stream Processors, down from the 4096 on the full Fury X. The Fiji-based GPU will be clocked at 1050MHz, which is identical to that of the Fury X. We have 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory that provides the same 512GB/sec of bandwidth, clocked at 500MHz (1GHz effective). We are being told to expect temperatures of the Fiji PRO-based R9 Fury to be less than 75C, which is considerably higher than the 50C or so from the watercooled Fury X.
The biggest difference between the Fury and Fury X is that the Fury is air-cooled, with AIB partners able to put on their respective coolers onto the card. The other big difference is that the Fiji PRO GPU is what is powering the Fury, with 512 less Stream Processors. We shouldn't expect performance to be that much less, probably 10-15% less than Fury X. But, without that huge radiator and pump, we're going to have an impressive card to combat the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti.