AMD finally releases Fiji

fiji_resort-t2AMD announced its new graphics chips rangie including the much awaited Fiji Graphics cards with High Bandwidth Memory (HBM).

There were a lot of announcements yesterday. AMD released the new range of R7 300 Series cards that is aimed squarely at gamers. For gamers  there’s the new R9 300 Series (which are basically R9 280s with higher clocks and 8GB of memory).

This family included:

• Radeon R9 380: $199, 4GB GDDR5 memory, 1440p gaming resolution
• Radeon R9 390: $329, 8GB GDDR5 memory, 4K gaming resolution
• Radeon R9 390X: $429, 8GB GDDR5 memory, 4K gaming resolution

Most of us felt that there was “little to see here move on please” and rushed to the Fiji Graphics cards which AMD CEO Lisa Su described.  Fiji is the “Most complex and highest performance GPU we have ever built.”

These offer three times the performance-per-watt of GDDR5. Fiji has 1.5x the performance-per-watt of the R9 290X, and was built with a focus on 4K gaming.

The chip has 4096 stream processors and is comprised of 8.9 billion transistors.

It has a graphics core clock of 1050MHz and is rated at 8.6 TFLOPs. AMD says there will also be plenty of overhead for overclocking.

Fiji will initially be available in two variants: the first is the Radeon R9 Fury (air cooled), while the second is the Radeon R9 Fury X (water-cooled). The Radeon R9 Fury will go on sale July 14 for $549 while the Radeon Fury X (1.5x performance-per-watt of a Radeon R9 290X) will be available June 24 for $649.

AMD also took the opportunity to show off its “Project Quantum,” which is a small form-factor PC that manages to cram two Fiji GPUs inside. The processor, GPUs, and all other hardware are incorporated into the bottom of the chassis, while the cooling solution is built into the top of the case. AMD says that it’s working with its PC partners to bring this solution to market.