AMD Fury exposed

nick furyAMD leaked some news on its Fiji range and confirmed specifications for what will be AMD’s most powerful graphics card to date.

According to Hot Hardware, Fiji will initially be available in both Pro and XT variants with the Fiji Pro dubbed “Fury” and Fiji XT being dubbed “Fury X”.

The standard Fury is slightly neutered compared to the Fury X, given its pared down stream processors, compute units, and texture mapping units. But when all is said and done, the garden variety Fury still touts single-precision floating point (SPFP) performance of 7.2 FLOPS compared to 5.6 TFLOPS for a Radeon R9 290X. That’s a roughly 29-percent performance improvement, which is nothing to scoff at in the graphics world.

The Fury X with its 4096 stream processors, 64 compute units, and 256 texture mapping units manages to deliver 8.6 TFLOPS, or a 54-percent increase over a Radeon R9 290X.

Both the Fury and Fury X dissipate heat via three axial fans. The water-cooled Fury X shares the same physical hardware specs as the air cooled Fury X, but will see its GPU clock increased by an unspecified amount, which should allow it to deliver slightly more than 8.6 TFLOPS.

What is looking sexy, for those who need to get out more, is AMD’s High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) interface, which is stacked vertically, decreasing the PCB footprint. It is integrated directly into the same package as the GPU/SoC, leading to further efficiencies, reduced latency and a blistering 100GB/sec of bandwidth per stack (4 stacks per card).

HBM is claimed to deliver three times the performance-per-watt of GDDR5 memory.


Fury X
(Water Cooled)
Fury X
(Air Cooled)
(Air Cooled)
R9 290X
GPU Fiji XT Fiji XT Fiji Pro Hawaii XT
Stream Processors 4096 4096 3584 2816
GCN Compute Units 64 64 56 44
Render Output Units 128 128 128 64
Texture Mapping Units 256 256 224 176
GPU Frequency ≥ 1050Mhz 1050Mhz 1000Mhz 1000Mhz
Memory Interface 4096bit 4096bit 4096bit 512bit
Memory Frequency 500Mhz 500Mhz 500Mhz 1250Mhz
Effective Memory Speed 1Gbps 1Gbps 1Gbps 5Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 512GB/s 512GB/s 512GB/s 320GB/s
Cooling Liquid, 120mm Radiator Air, 3 Axial Fans Air, 3 Axial Fans Air, Single Blower Fan
Performance (SPFP) ≥ 8.6 TFLOPS 8.6 TFLOPS 7.2 TFLOPS 5.6 TFLOPS
TDP 300W 300W 275W 290W
GFLOPS/Watt ≥ 28.7 28.7 26.2 19.4