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We had a world exclusive when we outed the name of AMD's new Radeon R9 Fury X, which has been 'confirmed' with the official marketing material for AMD's Fiji-based product. We are to expect this to be AMD's best GPU yet, aimed at the ultra enthusiasts and those who want to run 4K and beyond.
The new Fiji GPU will measure in at around 560mm2 making it the biggest GPU that the company has ever produced, where inside we'll have 64 Compute Units each featuring 64 stream processors. This brings us to a total of 4096 stream cores, 128 raster operation units, and 256 texture mapping units.
But it's going to be the High Bandwidth Memory that sits next to the GPU die that is going to make the Radeon R9 Fury X special. The GPU and HBM have allotted space on an interposer die which measures at around 1000mm2, and while this chip is far larger than any other previous GPU released, HBM saves countless space on the PCB that would normally have GDDR5 chips sprawled throughout.
The 4GB of HBM is spread out over an insane 4096-bit memory bus at 500MHz with 512GB/sec of bandwidth, and with an overclocked R9 290X hitting 422GB/sec, this is quite the upgrade. But, how much faster will it be compared to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti on its 384-bit memory bus with 336GB/sec of memory bandwidth? Time will tell. Not only that, but we have the core clock sitting at 1050MHz for the reference design, providing 8.6 TFLOPS of FP32 compute performance.
Display connectivity finally moves into the DisplayPort era with three DisplayPort outputs, and a single HDMI 2.0 port. We should hopefully see AMD unveil the Radeon R9 Fury X next week during E3 2015, with samples hitting shortly after.
Exclusive: According to our industry sources, AMD is going to have just 30,000 units of its HBM-based Radeon Fury and Fury X video cards. This is not many at all, considering that the only other cards that AMD will be releasing will be rebrands of its Hawaii-based Radeon 200 series cards.
The HBM-based cards will have short supply thanks to the limited supply of High Bandwidth Memory itself, which isn't AMD's fault exactly, but it's going to hurt them. Limited stock of a super hot new, next-gen card is going to look quite bad, if our source is correct. The Radeon R9 390X is going to be rocking 8GB of GDDR5, but is just a rebrand and slight overclock of the Radeon R9 290X that launched in late 2013.
AMD could have more than 30,000 units of its HBM-based cards, but with yield issues popping their head up this early, we could be in for some trouble if the rumors are true. The issues could subside moving into 2016, as the yields of HBM improve, but with HBM2 right around the corner... well, things could get messy.
We know that the shift over to 16nm is going to be an incredible one, but AMD is really aiming for some super jumps in power efficiency.
During an interview with Tom's Hardware, AMD said that the move to 16nm FinFET will have a possible 2x energy efficiency improvement over previous generation GPUs. 16nm is going to be a large jump for both NVIDIA and AMD, but we are going to see HBM2 used at the same time. NVIDIA's use of HBM2 will be the first time they will use High Bandwidth Memory, but it'll be AMD's second time, since Fury X will be powered by the next generation RAM.
We've teased that the Radeon R9 490X (which we guess might change now, and possibly to Fury X II) could have up to 1.2TB/sec memory bandwidth (1200GB/sec) up from the 336GB/sec that is found even on the super-fast GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
We have been posting AMD Radeon news all week, but as we get closer to the announcement next week, the details become more clear. VideoCardz.com has posted some 3DMark FireStrike results, showing that the Radeon Fury X can keep up with the Titan X from NVIDIA.
As you can see, the Fury X scores 7873 while the Titan X is just a tiny bit better with 7989. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti is only a little bit behind Fury X with 7781, but it's the CrossFire performance that we should be looking at. Two of the HBM-powered Fury X cards in CrossFire push out an incredible 13,925 - but still ultimately lose out to Titan X in SLI with 13,964.
The Radeon Fury X will feature 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory on a 4096-bit memory bus, the first video card to ever be released with HBM. The CrossFire scaling on Fury is is pretty damn good, sitting at around 176% - but most dual GPU setups in synthetic benchmarks always push 150-180% scaling. It'll be interesting to see the CrossFire scaling on more mature drivers, in actual games.
It feels like I'm reporting on the next-gen AMD hardware everyday now, which we pretty much are, but the latest we have on the Radeon Fury X is in the form of some new photos. We have previously reported that Fury X is around 50% faster than the R9 290X, and it beats the Titan X in a single OpenCL benchmark.
The new shots show off the liquid cooling on Fury X, the backplate, and the red LED Radeon logo on the card. In the above shots, we can see the Radeon logo lit up beautifully, and in the second shot, we can see it in more detail. Above the glowing Radeon logo is a dual BIOS switch, so you can overclock until your card fails, and then switch over to the good BIOS.
AMD will reportedly have a 300W TDP on the Radeon Fury X, with the card powered by two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. All of this will arrive in a much smaller card than we've ever received for a flagship GPU. Around the back of the Fury X, we have some tubing coming out of it for its watercooling, as well as a matte black PCB and backplate.
A trailer for the PC Gaming Show being held at E3 2015 has been unleashed, showing off a bunch of the oldeer, but huge fan favorite games from the last two decades.
The YouTube teaser also shows off some AMD hardware being installed, with some Radeon video cards and AMD CPUs being installed into a PC. AMD is sponsoring the show alongside PC Gamer, with special guests including Twitch, Digital Storm, Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski, Cloud Imperium Games (the developer behind Star Citizen), Tripwire Interactive, and many more.
The PC Gaming Show kicks off on June 16, 2015 with a livestream being made available on AMD's Twitch channel on the day.
The leaks of AMD's upcoming GPUs continues, with a full line up of SAPPHIRE products leaked. VideoCardz.com has picked it up, where SAPPHIRE is expected to have many cards to offer consumers.
Starting with the Hawaii XT-based Radeon R9 390X Tri-X OC 8GB, followed by the Hawaii PRO-based Radeon R9 390 Nitro 8GB. The R9 390X is expected to feature a new Tri-X cooler, with a factory overclock that is sure to impress. The R9 390 Nitro is a new brand for SAPPHIRE, which will also feature 8GB of VRAM and the Tri-X cooler, but the Hawaii PRO core.
Under these two flagship cards we have the Radeon R9 380 Nitro, Radeon R9 380 ITX, Radeon R7 Nitro, Radeon R7 370 and Radeon R7 360. SAPPHIRE will use a mix of its Dual-X and stock cooling on these cards. We should expect to see SAPPHIRE unveil these cards in the coming weeks.
We are getting closer and closer to the launch of the next generation video cards from AMD with each passing day, where today some leaked specifications on the Radeon Fury X, of which we had a world exclusive on last week. It was only hours ago that we posted some OpenCL benchmarks of the Fury X, where it managed to keep up with and beat the Titan X.
The Radeon Fury X will reportedly feature 4096 stream processors, 64 GCN Compute Units, 128 ROPs, 256 TMUs, 4GB of HBM on a 4096-bit memory bus, a GPU clock speed of 1050MHz or more, and an effective memory bus of 1GHz, providing around 512GB/sec of memory bandwidth. All of these specs of the purported Fury X have it being around 54% faster than the Hawaii XT-based Radeon R9 290X, and around 48% more power efficient.
Speaking of power efficiency, the Fury X has a TDP of 300W with around 28.7 GFLOPS/watt of performance versus the 19.4 GFLOPS/watt that the Radeon R9 290X has on its 290W TDP. Overall performance has the Fury X capable of over 8.6 TFLOPS of performance, blasting out the 5.6 TFLOPS that the Radeon R9 290X managed.
With Star Wars: Battlefront shaping up to be one of the biggest releases of the year, it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise to hear the rumor that AMD will be bundling the game with its Fury branded video cards.
AMD will reportedly be releasing the HBM-powered Radeon Fury X and Radeon Fury cards at E3 2015 next week, but what better way of selling their flagship cards than by bundling one of the biggest games coming out this year. As for the Radeon 300 series, which are rebrands of the Radeon 200 series, they will reportedly include a copy of the new Dirt game coming out later this year.
With the leaked benchmarks from quite a while ago most likely out of date now, and with our world exclusive reveal on the Fury X branding from AMD, we're seeing some leaked OpenGL performance numbers from CompuBench.
The leak shows that the Fiji XT-based, HBM-powered Radeon Fury X beats NVIDIA's GM200-based, Maxwell-powered GeForce GTX Titan X from NVIDIA by a decent amount. But then, the R9 280X seems to not be that far behind the Titan X.
The Fury X loses quite horribly to the Titan X in the 'face detection' test on CompuBench, while it beats the Titan X once again in the 'TV-L1 Optical Flow' test.
When it comes to potential gaming performance, the Fury X scores 102FPS on the Manhattan benchmark found in GFXBench, with the Titan X beating it easily with 137FPS. We're sure drivers will play a key part, as well as other benchmarks like 3DMark, Heaven and real-world gaming performance. We should see the Fury X and Radeon R9 390X unveiled next week at E3 2015.