AMD’s Fastest Radeon Yet, R9 Fury X2, Delayed to Q1 2016
The Radeon R9 Fury X2 code-named “Gemini,” AMD’s fastest graphics card yet, was supposed to be released in December, however, as you might expect things got delayed. AMD has reportedly pushed back its launch plans, and industry insiders indicate that it’s because the company don’t want to put pressure on their Radeon Fury and Fury X Christmas sales.
When AMD initially launched Fury X, it had to face a temporary stock shortage as the demand for the processors was very high. Releasing a flagship board with two full fledged Fiji XT GPUs would impact sales of the Fury X which, in turn, might lead to a possible price drop, and the company currently don’t want to lose money in 2015 GPU sales.
Other reason that could cause the delay is buiding a driver that is good enough to take advantage of a card as powerful as Fury X2. Whatsoever, the card should ship probably in the first quarter of 2016.
The specifications for this new ultra-enthusiast graphics card have been finalized sometime ago, which we shared with you earlier last month. The dual Fiji XT board inside the R9 Fury X2 comes with 4GB of stacked High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) each GPU, and a combined memory bandwidth of one Terabyte per second. Both Fiji XT GPUs are optimised to operate at clock speeds of up to 1000MHz, while the stacked 8GB of HBM VRAM has a clock speed of 500MHz.
The Fury X2 is expected to use two Nano cards combined, to keep the TDP around 350W. The key technical specs expected for the card are as under:
- Dual Fiji XT GPU
- 8192 Stream Processor
- 8GB HBM (2x 4GB)
- 4096-bit Bus x2
- 128 ROP
- 512 TMU
- Bandwidth of 1 TB / s
- 375 Watt TDP
- Liquid Cooling
Further, the card is said to be designed to deliver 80% boost in 4K and 2560×1440 gaming performance as compared to a single Fiji XT GPU at the same frequencies. The pricing details are not known yet.
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