AMD Showcases Its Fastest Radeon Yet, R9 Fury X2, Powering HTC Vive Headset
At the Virtual Reality Los Angeles (VRLA) expo, AMD showcased their Dual Fiji graphics card, the Radeon R9 Fury X2, inside a 4-inch a “Prototype Tiki” gaming system made by custom PC maker, Falcon Northwest. The prototype system was used to power several Virtual Reality demos using an HTC Vive head-mounted display.
The Radeon R9 Fury X2 code-named “Gemini,” was first displayed back at the PCGamer’s E3 event. The card was supposed to be released in December, however, AMD delayed the card to Q1 2016 to better align with the launch of Virtual Reality products such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
The latest demo shows sublime size to performance ratio and efficiency from the upcoming ultra-enthusiast graphics card. Which means it should be released very soon – possibly within a month or two.
— Antal Tungler (@coloredrocks) January 23, 2016
Marketed as the fastest graphics card in the AMD graphics lineup yet, the R9 Fury X2 features dual Fiji XT board 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
The R9 Fury X2 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, but the card is expected to launch with a price tag of around $1000 US.