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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.
After a week with the new AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, one of the things that has annoyed me was the very loud noise coming from the pump. It sounds like coil whine, and under heavy stress, the Fury X really begins to sound quite loud.
But it looks like a member of the AnandTech has noticed that AMD is shipping an updated version of the radiator with the latest batches of the Fury X. It looks like the first batch that mostly went to selected press and a handful floating out into the world is the only one effected, with the second batch and hopefully beyond including a radiator that isn't as noisy.
The unit that the news of the revised radiator was from SAPPHIRE, so we should expect other AIB partners to use the revised pump as soon as possible.
One of the best architectures that NVIDIA has ever released has been the Maxwell architecture, powering the GeForce GTX 960, GTX 970, GTX 980, GTX 980 Ti and Titan X, but now it looks like a new mid-range video card is on the way in the form of the GeForce GTX 950 Ti.
The new GeForce GTX 950 Ti will reportedly sport the "GM206-250" GPU, with it being a cut-down version of the GTX 960 GPU, the GM206-300". The GeForce GTX 950 Ti should have a price tag of around $149 when it launches, as the GeForce GTX 960 is currently priced at $199, while the GTX 950 Ti is priced at $149.
We should expect NVIDIA to unveil the GeForce GTX 950 Ti in the near future.
It looks like we can expect NVIDIA to unveil a few new professional-grade video cards in the coming months, with their latest drivers adding support for three new video cards.
These cards are the NVIDIA Quadro M5000, Quadro M4000 and Tesla M60. The Quadro M cards will most likely be unveiled at SIGGRAPH 2015 which kicks off on August 9, with both the M5000 and M4000 cards based on the GM204GL graphics processor. This will see NVIDIA shift from the Kepler-based GPUs to Maxwell-based GPUs, which should see a drastic drop in temperatures and power consumption.
Forbes' Jason Evangelho has kicked one of the most awesome things I've ever seen for video cards, where he started off by posting a picture of himself on his Facebook cuddled up to the HBM-powered AMD Radeon R9 Fury X.
AMD's Roy Taylor kicked in posting his own photo, and then offering $2 to the charity of Jason's choice for every picture, up until $500 is raised for the hashtag #guyscuddlingwithvideocards. Well, I have countless video cards here in my office, so I covered my daughter from head to toe in video cards and snapped the above photo! Great fun!
You can support Jason right here.
Featuring a reference clock of 1050 MHz core and 500 MHz (512 GB/s) HBM clocks, GIGABYTE's rendition of the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X video card is completely devoid of DVI connections.
Opting for DisplayPort, there is an included DP to DVI adapter within the packaging even though there is no direct port offered.
Available in the US for $649.99, this card further features the standard Fury X offerings of 4GB of HBM, a closed loop cooling system and 4,096 stream processors.
Adding to the myriad of announced AMD Radeon R9 Fury X video cards is PowerColor's offering, marking yet another year of AMD manufacturing, continuing since 1997.
Also featuring 4GB of High Bandwitdh Memory, PowerColor has released this card with a core speed of 1050MHz, a memory speed of 500MHz, a HDMI output, three DisplayPort outputs and with DirectX 12 support included.
A 3000RPM fan cools the all-in-one closed loop watercooling unit, a real time eight LED indicator helps keep you informed at all times as to what's going on inside this beast and this 7.5-inch card claims to pack memory into a 94% smaller space than previous renditions. Further supporting Virtual Super Resolution, FreeSync, Liquid VR, and 4K resolution, this card can be researched here.
If you're thinking about upgrading, maybe now is the time as VisionTek announces its launch of a Radeon R9 Fury X card alongside the R9 300 and R7 300 series - all made available from June 24th 2015.
Michael Innes, President of VisionTek is excited for this release, stating in a recent press release that "We are focused on alignment with PC Gamers and are excited to announce the new features embedded in AMD's Fury X design." Also interested in the advancement of Virtual Reality, Innes continued "We believe Virtual Reality will transform the way we experience and interact with our PC. We are embarking on a new universe of entertainment and the new VisionTek AMD powered cards create the required platform for launch."
Offering LiquidVR Technology, Freesync Technology and Virtual Super Resolution, these cards by VisionTek cater towards 1440p and 1080p gaming situations and all feature a similar styling scheme, brandishing a mainly-black color outlay with hints of red.
Adding to the list of announced AMD Radeon R9 Fury X cards is MSIs rendition, complete with "multiple LED lights located on the side of the card" as claimed in a recent press release. What are they for? "Some just for cool light effects, others to indicate the GPU intensity level."
Coupled with MSIs Afterburner software which enables users to dial in a sweet overclocking profile, the Fury X comes bundled with advanced fan speed controls based on GPU temperatures. Not only will this ensure your card stays nice and cool, but also very quiet.
Equipped with 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory there is unfortunately no release date or price announced.
Soon after the official global announcements came, Club 3D's AMD Radeon Fury X offering has also been unveiled, self-claimed as "the fastest GPU in the world and it's here to take your gaming performance to a completely new dimension."
Boasting High Bandwidth Memory, an all-in-one cooling system, 6K surround capabilities and a marketing spiel tailored towards 4K gaming, the Club 3D 4GB HBM AMD Radeon Fury X seems to be available for purchase immediately, or so as the press release eludes to.
If you're wanting one for yourself, we've been told that websites like Newegg and Amazon should have pricing listed, however after a quick look no results came back positive. Either you're going to have to wait or email them yourselves for a copy of this model.