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
VRAM 4GB 4GB 8GB 8GB
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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  • The0ne - Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - link

    Reviews are out. Eat you people but keep believing in your religion! Reply
  • SkyBill40 - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    Pfft. Talk and hype is cheap. We'll see once some actual head-to-head benchmarks are made. Until then, keep your rah-rah to yourself. Reply
  • Zak - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    Riiiight..... Any official benchmarks yet? Nvidia will simply drop prices on 980 Ti, bump clocks on Titan X and drop its price and eat AMD's lunch again :) Not to mention crap AMD drivers that will take a year to mature to any level of usability. Reply
  • extide - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    WHY dont YOU like AMD's drivers? Be specific. What exactly is "So shitty" about them... Reply
  • chizow - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    Well, I'll start. How about the ability to adjust AA and CF bits without replacing the entire game profile? The enthusiast community has been asking for this, forever. AMD took a step in this direction with a loadable binary, but its just that, a binary that the user can't edit. Nvidia on the other hand has exposed these bits forever, going back to coolbits allowing the user almost complete control over SLI, AA, 3D Vision bits. This is important for Day 1 compatibility and general compatibility in cases where there is no Day 1 driver, which is of course especially horrible for AMD, but that of course is an entirely different issue. ;) Reply
  • Will Robinson - Friday, June 19, 2015 - link

    Back from WCCF with more lies and FUD eh?
    I laughed as you got pwned there by the regulars.
    The sting of defeat bites deep,try to toughen up princess.
    Reply
  • chizow - Friday, June 19, 2015 - link

    @will are you a regular? If you're done getting pwned here feel free to join in over there. :) Put on your big boy pants and join the conversation! Reply
  • Gigaplex - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    I get BSODs with the current "stable" driver, usually when the monitor goes into a low power savings mode. The beta driver appears to fix the BSOD (not sure as I didn't test long enough), but introduces massive graphics corruption at the desktop when resuming from sleep a fair chunk of the time. Sometimes when the computer wakes on any driver, the monitor gets no signal until I unplug then replug it. Reply
  • fingerbob69 - Friday, June 19, 2015 - link

    Have you tried updating your >>monitor's<< driver? Reply
  • FMinus - Thursday, June 18, 2015 - link

    If nvidia drops the price, which I doubt they will, the customer won thanks to AMD. Reply

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