AMD has officially revealed its Radeon R9 300 series of graphics cards, as well as its high-end Fiji-powered Fury GPUs. The graphics giant hosted its own special event during E3 2015, revealing not just refreshes of the R9 200 series, but also three different Fury graphics cards, more than we'd anticipated.
A total of eight different graphics cards were announced by AMD’s chief gaming scientist Richard Huddy, who claimed AMD has created the fastest and most power efficient graphics cards in the world with the upcoming 300 series and Fury, all of which support Microsoft’s upcoming DirectX 12 graphics API.
AMD Radeon R7 & R9 300 Series Graphics Cards
We’ll kick things off with the Radeon 300 series of graphics cards, which saw the Radeon R7 360, Radeon R7 370, Radeon R9 380, the Radeon R9 390 and the Radeon R9 390X all announced. AMD’s senior product manager Devon Nekechuk introduced the series, which is an across-the-board refresh of 2013's R9 200 series.
|Graphics Card||Price||Release Date||Info|
|AMD RADEON R9 390X||$429||June 18||The R9 390X is targeted towards 4K resolution and gaming high graphics settings. VR Optimised.|
|AMD RADEON R9 390||$329||June 18||The Radeon R9 390 is targeted towards Ultra 1440p gaming, and Medium/High 4K gaming. VR Optimised.|
|AMD RADEON R9 380||$199||June 18||The Radeon R9 380 is targeted towards 1440p resolution, thanks to up to 4GB GDDR5 memory. resolution targeting card, up to 4GB GDDR5|
|AMD RADEON R7 370||$149||June 18||The Radeon R7 370 is card aimed at 1080p gaming on High/Ultra settings, and comes with up to 4GB GDDR memory.|
|AMD RADEON R7 360||$109||June 18||The Radeon R9 R7 360 is a compact card designed for small builds and 1080p gaming, making it ideal for LAN parties and eSports.|
Aside from minor spec bumps, these refreshes also came with a couple of new technologies to boost optimisation. The first of these is frame rate target control, whereby a graphics card will intelligently idle rather than rendering more frames than is needed, lowing power consumption and temperatures. Secondly, there’s Virtual Super Resolution, which is functionally identical to Nvidia’s Dynamic Super Resolution. It’s basically a brute-force method of rendering games at a higher resolution before downsampling it to the resolution of the screen, providing a sharper image. For instance a game could be rendered at 4K resolution, before being downscaled to a 1080p monitor, delivering faux 4K quality.
AMD Radeon R9 Fury Graphics Cards
Towards the latter part of the event, AMD’s CEO Lisa Su came out to announce what we’d all been waiting for - AMD’s Radeon R9 Fury family of graphics cards. The first thing to be detailed was the Fury X GPU which is to be used for the entire series; the same Fiji GPU we’ve been aware of for some time now.
The big selling point of the switch to High Bandwidth Memory (HBM), which is ultra-fast 3D stacked memory, sat on a 4096-bit memory interface. This ensures each gigabyte of HBM is 94% smaller than its equivalent GDDR5 memory, but delivers triple the performance per watt. AMD described the Fury X GPU as an "overclocker’s dream".
A total of three Fury graphics cards are coming, including the Radeon R9 Fury Nano, Radeon R9 Fury, and the latest flagship, the Radeon R9 Fury X, all based a on the new Fiji GPU and all coming with 4GB HBM.
- Radeon R9 Fury X -- $649 -- 24th June
- Radeon R9 Fury -- $549 -- 14th July
- Radeon R9 Fury Nano -- TBA Q3 2015
At the $649 price point, you can see the R9 Fury X is primed to go toe to toe with Nvidia’s GTX 980 Ti. It comes packing 4096 stream processor and 8.9 billion transistors, all with a mammoth memory bandwidth of 512GB/s. compared to the 336.8GB/s achieved by the 980 Ti on its 384-bit memory interface. Each and every R9 Fury X also comes pre-installed with a water-cooling solution. “You’ll be able to overclock this thing like no tomorrow,” AMD CTO Joe Macri said. “This is an overclocker’s dream.” Pound for pound this looks like it can outmuscle Nvidia’s card, all at the same price point.
Next on the list of the Radeon R9 Fury, which is an almost identical GPU, except for a drop to 3584 Stream Processors on 56 GCN Compute Units. This leads to total performance of 7.2TFLOPS in comparison to 8.6 TFLOPS in the Fury X. The air-cooled R9 Fury retails for $100 cheaper than the X.
Exact specs aren’t available for for the R9 Fury Nano just yet, but it’s essentially half the size of an R9 290X, measuring just 6 inches long. AMD claim the Nano is faster than an R9 290X, but offers double the performance per watt, so we’re looking at what may be halving of the TDP. Impressive figures. The pricing is yet to be announced for the Nano, but we’ll likely like hear more about it over the next few months.
AMD also announced Project Quantum, it’s own attempt at a console-sized PC, This powerful little box picture below contains a pair of AMD Radeon R9 Fury GPUs on a single board, delivering extremely high-end performance. The Project Quantum has been created with 4K gaming and VR in mind. AMD hasn’t announced plans for this graphics card to be made available on its own yet, but it claims the Radeon R9 Fury X2 offers a staggering 17 TFLOPS of performance.
Radeon R9 Fury X2 Dual-GPU PCB
AMD Radeon R9 Fury Family Specifications
|Radeon R9 Fury X2||Radeon R9 Fury X||Radeon R9 Fury||Radeon R9 Nano|
|GPU||Fiji XT X2||Fiji XT||Fiji Pro||Fiji Pro|
|GCN Compute Units||128||64||56||TBA|
|Memory||8GB HBM||4GB HBM||4GB HBM||4GB HBM|
|Memory Interface||4096-bit x2||4096-bit||4096-bit||4096-bit|
|Effective Memory Speed||1Gbps||1Gbps||1Gbps||1Gbps|
|Memory Bandwidth||024 GB/s||512GB/s||512GB/s||512GB/s|
|Performance||17 TFLOPS||8.6 TFLOPS||7.2 TFLOPS||TBA|
|Release Date||Q3 2015||24th June||14th July||Q3 2015|
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