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AMD announces Radeon R9 Fury X, R9 Fury and R9 Nano GPUs; also Project Quantum, a dual-Fiji SFF PC

By Julio Franco
Jun 16, 2015
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  1. AMD was excited to introduce a family of true next generation GPUs at their E3 event today. The Radeon R9 Fury X, R9 Fury and R9 Nano are enthusiast oriented graphics cards based on the Fiji architecture that will sit above the Radeon 300 series, both in price and performance.

    All Fiji cards make use of high-bandwidth memory technology (HBM), the company's replacement for GDDR5 meant to achieve higher bandwidth with less power. HBM uses 3D packaging of several memory dies stacked together, according to AMD this allows three times the performance per watt of GDDR5 in 94 percent less PCB surface area.

    With Fury X, AMD is claiming a 1.5x increase in raw performance output per watt over the (very power hungry) R9 290X. The Fury X will be a liquid cooled, single-GPU proposition boasting of 4096 stream processors, 8.9 billion transistors and delivering 8.6 teraflops at $649, slated for availability this June 24. The vanilla Fury will sell for $100 less, will be air cooled and is expected to offer similar hardware with slightly less ambitious clock speeds and specs. The R9 Fury's release will follow on July 14.

    Both cards will compete with the upper echelon of GTX 980 cards as signaled by the Nvidia's willingness to cannibalize Titan X sales in favor of the more affordable yet speedy GTX 980 Ti last month.

    AMD is touting these cards for 4K gaming and smooth VR experiences. Consider that Oculus and the rest of the pack should start rolling finalized products in consumer hands in the next 12 months. During the announcement, AMD's Graphics CTO, Raja Koduri mentioned that it's an incredible moment in time for graphics. High-res displays and VR are big disruptions, and while we're talking about 4K and 90Hz refresh rates in today's VR gear, tomorrow's will be about 16K per eye at 120Hz, and you need a petaflop engine to push that many pixels.

    The R9 Nano is a small (6" in length) graphics card sporting a Fiji GPU, and delivering 2x the performance per watt over the R9 290X. This card is scheduled for release in Q3. AMD also mentioned a dual-Fiji GPU, that will be used on Project Quantum but didn't give it a name or price, only saying it would become available by the fall.

    Finally, gaming small form factor PCs are here to stay if you ask AMD. Project Quantum is a neat looking, dual stacked SFF PC powered by two AMD Fiji GPUs, which should allow for 4K gaming on the living room. The custom case keeps all processing on the bottom and cooling on top. AMD hopes to bring partners together who can manufacture and sell PCs based on Quantum by the end of the year.

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,319   +709

    Custom form factor requirement makes Quantum DOA. White box manufacturers won't touch it..only the Alienwares and the like will even give it a shot and they won't move enough units to make it viable.
     
  3. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,900   +528

    I don't think it's meant to move a lot of units. It's more of a marketing gimmick. It looks great in showrooms and it can boast about incredible performance.

    For me the Fury Nano was a nice surprise. Really small and if it truly has the same performance as the 290x with half of the power consumption it could become one of the best cards you can buy on the market this summer (assuming it's price point is under the 390x).
     
  4. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,290   +239

    Seems like the Steam Machine / SteamBox units are already making strides, and they definitely qualify as custom form factors (compared to standard PCs). I'd expect Quantum to fit right into that territory. If they show promise with better performance and cooling characteristics, they just might flourish - some potentially big "ifs" there, but not out of the realm of possibility.
     
  5. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,333   +267

    I just appreciate it for what it is: a custom built machine that is the marriage of blood, sweat, and CAD. :)
     
  6. Bit of a shame about all the re-branding .The R9 Nano sounds intriguing, these aren't game changers yet, not till the dust settles and the prices are known..All getting set up for Vr gaming and VR other really. It seems like its gonna be next year before this (HBM) percolates down to the common peoples.
    What do people think of the Suspected UK prices? And that RAD looks way too thick .. maybe its expected to do double duty as A gpu 'n CPU cooler at some future date ..?
     
  7. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,168   +575

    You know how many OEMs currently lock down their cases already anyways? Project Quantum looks cool, is very fast, and the size is excellent.

    I wouldn't mind it in the living room at all.
     
  8. Quantum is there just to show what is possible with a dual core Fiji and watercooling. OEMs can make their own boxes. AMD had created many prototypes in the past that never gone to market. They where there to show what was possible with AMD's tech.
     
  9. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,618   +376

    Well seems like from a few places that people are really expecting AMD to step up here. As an AMD discrete gfx purchaser for a few generations, I can say my patience has worn very thin. This has to be a pretty amazing new line. If Nvidia culls the cost on the high end like 980Ti, it's difficult to see anything really stopping the slide.

    Market share is plummeting:
    http://I.imgur.com/bNqJYgA.png

    Share price is down ~75% from their 5 year high.
    http://I.imgur.com/Jkqt5dD.png

    If that doesn't open eyes a little, might as well put the company to sleep.
     
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  10. pioruns

    pioruns TS Rookie Posts: 22

    Fascinating. I can't wait to see real world benchmarks of this HBM graphics card.
     
  11. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,178   +72

    Marketing. Got to love them. Just last year it was all: "We're going to make the chip names into a clear numerical scale, so it's market positioning, then generation, then...." And this year it's: "Wait, what number can we use after 390? Four hundred? But that would be the next generation, right? Oh, I know, we'll call it Fury! It's like four, but furry! 380, 390, Fury! It makes total sense! Next drink's on me."
     

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