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.

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  • n13L5 - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    The only thing I'll miss from Nvidia (for desktop cards anyway) will be Cuda which cuts my BluRay conversion down to under 10 minutes.

    Otherwise I'm no fan of Nvidia with their fraudulent re-badging of old stuff and asinine lawsuits.
  • nilepez - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    Day 1 purchases are for suckers. Best to wait until the beta testers find the problems and the devs fix them. That said, until there are reviews, I have no way of knowing if this card is as good as AMD says it is or not.
  • HunterKlynn - Friday, June 19, 2015 - link

    Go back to the NVidia forums, troll.
  • firemediumtard - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    Unfortunately you have not absorbed the new information on Fiji.

    An engineering marvel.

    Not only that but an incredible cooling system. The 980 ti has a
  • firemediumtard - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    ..a hot loud noisy blower. AMD driver is great.
  • Syphadeus - Friday, June 19, 2015 - link

    Are you on funny pills? The stock Nvidia Titan style blower coolers have been around for years no for a reason; they're extremely good. They are quiet and exhaust most of the hot air out of the case.

    It seems YOU have failed to notice that AMD are giving all their rebadged chips to OEMs to fit their own coolers because AMDs stock coolers were so terrible, being both very noisy and completely inadequate to cool hot Hawaii chips.

    Yes, it's great that their new top end is using a CLC but you could argue the only reason it needs this is because the new Fury chips are going to be very hot and very power hungry. An engineering marvel would be engineering a high performance chip with lower power use and heat output, instead of making something hot and power hungry and then trying to make up for it afterwards using liquid cooling.
  • FMinus - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    It's pretty much always 5-15FPS between same segment card from AMD/Nvidia, yet the fanboys always take sites and one side always "stomps" the other. I usually buy the cheaper card and laugh at those 10 frames.
  • Cryio - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    Lulwhat. Most reviewers are comparing the 290X with the 980 when the 290X is the 970 segment.

    It's always like this. Nvidia has a faster (and much more expensive GPU) that is slightly faster than AMD's flagship GPU occasionally (but most of the time faster though), even though AMD's GPU is usually cheaper than Nvidia's 2nd best GPU and faster than it too.
  • Ddog45 - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    LOL your sentence started with "imagine if" after that nothing matters. Keep imagining fella.
  • 3DVagabond - Sunday, June 21, 2015 - link

    nVidia doesn't have the tech know how to pull off HBM yet. AMD is simply a gen ahead with Fiji.

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