Throughout the last couple of months AMD has been in the process of carefully and deliberately rolling out their latest generation of video cards. In a multi-staged process we have seen AMD engage in a what is best described as a drawn-out teaser and an early technical briefing, announcing their intention to roll out a new high-end video card this quarter, further teasing the public with pictures of the card, and then in the middle of all of that giving the technical press an in-depth briefing on AMD’s key next-generation memory technology, High Bandwidth Memory. While AMD did their best to make sure the details of the cards were kept under wraps – with varying results – AMD definitely wanted to make sure the world would know that their card was coming.

Catching up to the present, earlier this week AMD held their 2015 GPU product showcase, dubbed “The New Era of PC Gaming.” As the latest stage in AMD’s master plan, AMD held a public event in Los Angeles similar to their 2014 GPU product showcase in Hawaii, where the company announced their product lineup ahead of the full launch of the products in question. In the presentation we learned some (but not all) of the details surrounding AMD’s Radeon 300 series, including the numbered products from 360 to 390, and of course the company’s new high-end flagship video card, the Radeon R9 Fury X.

All told the showcase itself was something of a teaser itself – we got prices, but not complete specifications – but we also received confirmation of AMD’s rollout plans. The next stage, coinciding with today’s article, is the formal launch of the numbered members of the Radeon 300 series, which are product refreshes based on existing AMD GPUs, similar to what we saw with the 200 series in 2013. Meanwhile today is also the greater unveiling (but not the launch) of the Fury series, with AMD allowing us to share more details about the new card and its specifications. Following today’s announcements and launches, the Radeon R9 Fury X will be launching in just under a week from now, on June 24th, and then after that the R9 Fury (vanilla) will be launching on July 14th.

AMD R9 300 Series Specification Comparison
  AMD Radeon R9 Fury X AMD Radeon R9 Fury AMD Radeon R9 390X AMD Radeon R9 390
Stream Processors 4096 (Fewer) 2816 2560
Texture Units 256 (How much) 176 160
ROPs 64 (Depnds) 64 64
Boost Clock 1050MHz (On Yields) 1050MHz 1000MHz
Memory Clock 1Gbps HBM (Memory Too) 5Gbps GDDR5 5Gbps GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 4096-bit 4096-bit 512-bit 512-bit
FP64 1/16 1/16 1/8 1/8
TrueAudio Y Y Y Y
Transistor Count N/A N/A 6.2B 6.2B
Typical Board Power 275W (High) 275W 275W
Manufacturing Process TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm
Architecture GCN 1.2 GCN 1.2 GCN 1.1 GCN 1.1
GPU Fiji Fiji Hawaii Hawaii
Launch Date 06/24/15 07/14/15 06/18/15 06/18/15
Launch Price $649 $549 $429 $329

Overall AMD is launching an almost top-to-bottom refresh of its product lineup overnight. Between now and July 14th the company and its partners will introduce cards from $109 to $649, and while there are a few gaps that AMD is almost certainly purposely leaving in place to give them something to announce later this year, overall we’re seeing more or less AMD’s entire hand for 2015 and early 2016 in one go.

As for the subjects at hand today, there are really two stories to talk about. The first is of course the Radeon R9 Fury series, the products that will house AMD’s newest flagship GPU, Fiji. While I won’t butter up Fiji from an architectural standpoint at this time, what Fiji does bring to the table are two very big changes for AMD. The first of these is of course high bandwidth memory, which not only gives AMD more VRAM bandwidth than ever before, but it outright changes how GPUs video cards are constructed. The second big change is that Fiji is just very big. At 596mm2 AMD went right to the reticle limit, putting AMD squarely into the big GPU race.

But before Fury comes the rest of the 300 series. We'll take a look at Fury in due time - while we've been briefed on the subject and have been authorized to discuss it, we want to hold back for when we have the hardware in hand - so our focus for today will be on what's launching today, and that's the Radeon 300 series.

Being released today are five new cards from AMD’s partners, which will form the backbone of the Radeon 300 series from $109 to $429. To our regular readers these parts will be familiar – and to some, perhaps more familiar than they’d like – while for AMD the 300 series represents their 3rd generation of retail 28nm products.

Radeon R7 360, R7 370, & R9 380


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  • Thatguy97 - Sunday, June 28, 2015 - link

    rest in pasta fermi Reply
  • xenol - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    And all NVIDIA has to do is drop the price on their cards appropriately. They've had a 9 month lead and for all we know Pascal is going to be ready in 6 months. Then we'll be chasing down this rabbit hole again.

    Nothing new here.
  • firemediumtard - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    Pascal is tsmc 16mm finfet. not ready until 2h 2016. a year away and irrelevant currently.

    nvidia price adjustments? possible with furyx tearing 980 ti a new one
  • Yojimbo - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    I'm not sure why you are sure about that. From what I've seen, 16nm FF+ is scheduled to begin volume production in Q3 2015, which allows for the real possibility of Pascal arriving in 1H 2016. It's just a matter of when Pascal is ready and what the yields of the process are like.

    The Fury X has 4GB of RAM, is water cooled, and comes without NVIDIA's software environment. HBM may have a certain marketability, but I think the Fury X is going to need a significant price/performance advantage to outsell the 980 Ti.
  • Shadow7037932 - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    TSMC has historically had issues with their new nodes/manufacturing process. I would not be so confident in getting Pascal as soon as Q2 2016. Reply
  • Yojimbo - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    That's sort of trying to turn the argument on its head. He said it for sure WOULDN'T be out in 1H 2016. A vague "TSMC has historically had issues" doesn't support that claim. You are replying to me as if I made the claim that Pascal for sure WOULD be out in 1H 2016, which I didn't (I said "which allows for the real possibility of Pascal arriving in 1H 2016"). Reply
  • Pantsu - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    According to SK Hynix roadmaps HBM2 has been slated as starting Q2 2016, so I wouldn't expect Pascal with HBM2 coming until H2 earliest.
  • Yojimbo - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    I don't get how your conclusion follows from your premise. If HBM2 will be ready in Q2 2016 why can't products using HBM2 ship in Q2 2016? Also of great important is what the date of release of that Hynix slide is. Because it doesn't entirely agree with the information from for instance. In addition, did Hynix ever introduce the DDR4 3DS as that chart seems to promise for the Q1 2015? I can't find anything about that. The chart may be old and inaccurate. Reply
  • Pantsu - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    It's never really the case in this industry that the day you get production going is the day you'll see it in shipping products. These things take a lot of time to get into shipping products. Fabs tell all kinds of stories how x nm products are ready by this or that time, when in reality the products coming with that tech can take another year to actually be available.

    That said, yeah, the chart can of course be old or inaccurate, but that's what we've got. At least it's not pure conjecture.
  • Yojimbo - Friday, June 19, 2015 - link

    It's already been shown to be inaccurate so it's not very useful. Besides, we don't even know what the dates on that chart were supposed to mean at the time it was made. Is that when we see it in products, when volume production starts, or when they start selling the chips? Also, It just shows a circle centered on the border of Q1 and Q2. Who's to say that products wouldn't be out by the end of Q2 even if there is some time between whatever even they have in mind for the chart and actual products showing up. My point is that everything in that chart is already pure conjecture, so I don't see much reason to be sure that an HBM 2 product can't possibly be ready before H2 2016. Reply

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