However, all these new models are based on existing technology and GPUs.
AMD has now officially lifted the NDA veil from its latest graphics card flagship, the Radeon R9 Fury X, and according to first reviews, the new Fiji GPU is trading blows with Nvidia’s Geforce GTX 980 Ti, rather than the Titan X, and has a quite limited overclocking potential.
Although at start the HBM memory size is underwhelming, only 4GB, their GDDR5 format and power efficient layout is expected to win over its rivals strictly by smart design instead pure force.
Coming with the new long-awaited Fiji 28nm GPU, the Fury offers 4096 stream processors, 256 TMU, 64 ROPs and a massive 4096-bit HBM interface packing a staggering 512 GB/s memory bandwidth. The card itself can’t be called particularly large (thanks to the stacked memory), making it an interesting option for a compact mini ITX system, as long as there is room for a pretty bulky 120mm radiator. This interesting head to head that we have obviously explored in detail in this review.
Update: first Fury X listing I’ve seen has been for MSI’s third-party Fury X card at GameDude… at a $1099 RRP though. Eep.
“AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury X blows away all benchmarks right out of the box and is the absolute beast in gaming graphics”, says Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR.
It is not just the Fury X that AMD will put out in the wild, they have already announced a Fiji card with air-cooling to be introduced ion the 14th of July. We’ll have a R9 Fury X in the office to test next week, so stay tuned to find out how it performs up against the best of the best from Nvidia and to see what advantages a smaller, water-cooled card can bring to your gaming PC. It also comes with “all new and shiny High Bandwidth Memory” and we are sure that AMD will further tweak the driver for some extra performance.