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AMD reveals HBM-powered Radeon Fury graphics cards, new R300-series GPUs

Brad Chacos | June 17, 2015
The wait is finally over. A year and a half after the launch of the R200-series, months after Nvidia refreshed its entire GeForce lineup, AMD has lifted the veil off its new Radeon graphics card lineup: the Fury series, powered by revolutionary high-bandwidth memory (HBM), and the company's brand new Fiji GPU.

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The wait is finally over. A year and a half after the launch of the R200-series, months after Nvidia refreshed its entire GeForce lineup, AMD has lifted the veil off its new Radeon graphics card lineup: the Fury series, powered by revolutionary high-bandwidth memory (HBM), and the company's brand new Fiji GPU.

Leading the charge is the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, which is capable of driving Tomb Raider to 45 frames per second at 5K resolution and Ultra settings, and offers 1.5 times the performance per watt of AMD's previous R9 290X flagship. The graphics card boasts 4,096 stream processors--an incredible jump over the R9 290X's 2816. The Radeon R9 Fury X packs 8.9 billion transistors, compared to the R9 290X's 6.3 billion transistors. Given that AMD--like Nvidia--is still using the 28nm manufacturing process, the Fiji GPU itself must be massive.

AMD never overtly said how much capacity the Fury's HBM actually has--presumably because Nvidia's been loading its Titan X and GeForce GTX 980 Ti with RAM--but a press release from Hynix, which actually creates said memory, puts the total at 4GB.

The Radeon R9 Fury X comes with integrated closed-loop water cooling, much like AMD's dual-GPU Radeon R9 295x2. "You'll be able to overclock this thing like no tomorrow," AMD CTO Joe Macri says. "This is an overclocker's dream."

Simply put, this thing sounds like a beast. And yes, it will come with an illuminated Radeon logo when it launches on June 24 for $649.

The Fury X is not the only Fiji-powered Radeon, however. An air-cooled version dubbed the Radeon R9 Fury will be available July 14 for $549, while an unnamed mega-model with a pair of Fiji GPUs is also in the works.

AMD also took advantage of Fiji's power savings and HBM's space savings to introduce the Radeon R9 Nano, which measures a mere six inches in length but offers "significantly more performance than the Radeon R9 290X," according to AMD CEO Lisa Su. It is half the size and uses half the power of the 290X, but it offers twice the performance per watt. Cool! Look for it to land sometime this summer.

Finally, AMD marketing manager Chris Hook also took the stage to introduce "Project Quantum," a tiny, new box-like PC that is powered by not one, but two of AMD's new Fiji GPUs. The computer slaps all the processing technologies in the bottom of the box, and all the cooling up top, narrowing to a filter-like pole in the center. Hook says AMD's working with its "most elite partners" to bring the PC to market in the near future.

 

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