AMD Expected to Launch Dual-GPU R9 Fury X2 Card at March 14 “Capsaicin” Event
AMD today announced that it live webcast its “Capsaicin” event during the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. Hosted by Raja Koduri, who is Senior Vice President of Radeon Technologies Group, the press event will showcase AMD’s latest graphics innovations for the gaming industry.
From the press release issued by AMD, it seems like AMD will not only shed light on their latest software improvements for Radeon graphics cards, but it’s up for making some big announcements, too.
First, the US based chipmaker states that it will preview new silicon and software advancements, referring to the new Polaris architecture set to power the next generation gaming notebooks and desktops. Built using a 14nm FinFET fabrication process, Polaris GPUs pack a new memory controller as well as new multimedia cores, and promise to deliver huge power efficiencies, improved speeds, and better leakage characteristics.
But it seems like Polaris won’t be the only surprise at next week’s GDC. AMD is very likely to launch their much anticipated R9 Fury X2, which was delayed to Q1 2016 only to better align with the launch of Virtual Reality products such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. With HTC and Oculus both present at the event, it might be the best time for AMD to reveal their next gen dual Fiji XT board.
Touted as the company’s fastest Radeon yet, the R9 Fury X2 features 4GB of stacked High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) across each of the two GPUs, and a combined memory bandwidth of one Terabyte per second. Other key technical specs of the Dual Fiji graphics card, which went public at the end of last year, are as follows:
– Dual Fiji XT GPU
– 8192 Stream Processor
– 8GB HBM (2x 4GB)
– 4096-bit Bus x2
– 128 ROP
– 512 TMU
– Bandwidth of 1 TB / s
– 300 Watt TDP
– Liquid Cooling
To put it in perspective, the Fury X2 equates to more than four R9 380 graphics cards, and is expected to deliver up to 80% boost in 4K and 2560×1440 gaming performance as compared to a single Fiji XT GPU at the same frequencies.
Further, the dual-GPU will boast of around 12 TFLOP of Single Precision compute performance, fastest GPU solution in the world, inside of Tiki. AMD claims these Radeon powered, console sized DirectX 12 and VR ready PCs are 8 times more powerful than the XBOX One and PS4.
AMD’s Capsaicin live webcast kickstarts on March 14 at 4:00 PM PT (6:00 PM CT/7:00 PM ET).