AMD Confirms R9 Fury X2 Delayed Till 2016
AMD users who were excited to get their hands on the dual Fiji “Gemini” Fury X2 GPU before the end of the year will have to wait as AMD has confirmed that the graphics card has been delayed to 2016. The delay has mostly to do with the company preferring to align the launch date with the launch of major VR headsets in 2016 than with the dual GPU being not ready.
The dual GPU, based on AMD’s Fiji board was unveiled during E3 2015 and was expected to launch in Autumn 2015, however, AMD failed to meet the earlier expected launch date, the reason of which they explained in an email to Hardware.fr.
Q. On the E3 Livecast, Lisa committed to shipping Fiji Gemini by Xmas. What happened? Is Fiji Gemini delayed?
A. The product schedule for Fiji Gemini had initially been aligned with consumer HMD availability, which had been scheduled for Q415 back in June. Due to some delays in overall VR ecosystem readiness, HMDs are now expected to be available to consumers by early Q216. To ensure the optimal VR experience, we’re adjusting the Fiji Gemini launch schedule to better align with the market.
Working samples of Fiji Gemini have shipped to a variety of B2B customers in Q415, and initial customer reaction has been very positive.
The dual Fiji XT board, codenamed Gemini still doesn’t have an official product name but is commonly referred to as Fury X2 after AMD’s flagship Fury X GPU, similar to the earlier released 295X2 from the previous GPU series.
While the card may have been delayed, AMD has shipped working samples of Fury X2 to a variety of B2B customers, including Johan Andersson, the chief architect of EA’s Frostbite Engine, and the initial reactions have been very positive.
Fury X2 will be the fourth and last Fiji based GPU from AMD before the company finally launches the Arctic Islands GPU family in Summer 2016. As the name suggests, the GPU will have everything doubled compared to the most powerful AMD GPU available right now, R9 Fury X.