AMD Confirms that the R9 Fury X2 will launch next year

AMD R9 Fury X2 launching in December

AMD Confirms that the R9 Fury X2 will launch next year



It looks like AMD will soon be releasing their newest and fasted GPU, a dual Fiji monster called the AMD R9 Fury X2. The GPU was rumored to be released in December, alongside VR HMDs (Head-Mounted Displays), with pre-release samples already being known to be sent to developers and other industry insiders. 

The AMD R9 Fury X2 is essentially two R9 Fury X GPUs on a single PCB, offering 2X the theoretical performance and coming water cooled as standard. 

AMD has now confirmed that the R9 Fury X2 has been delayed and will be released later in order to align with the launch of VR headsets like the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive.


       Q. On the E3 Livecast, Lisa committed to shipping Fiji Gemini by Xmas. What happened?
Is Fiji Gemini  delayed?

A. The product schedule for Fiji Gemini had initially been aligned with consumer HMD availability, which had been scheduled for Q415 back in June. Due to some delays in overall VR ecosystem readiness, HMDs are now expected to be available to consumers by early Q216. To ensure the optimal VR experience, we’re adjusting the Fiji Gemini launch schedule to better align with the market.
Working samples of Fiji Gemini have shipped to a variety of B2B customers in Q415, and initial customer reaction has been very positive.


AMD R9 Fury X2 launching in December  


With the Fury X2, AMD is aiming to boost 4K-performance with up to 80%, according to internal documents. Both Fiji-XT GPUs in the Fury X2 will have clock speeds of up to 1GHz while the stacked 8GB of HBM will run at 500MHz. It’s worth noting that the Fury X2 will supposedly not work on 32bit Windows, but let’s be honest, if you’re getting a video card like this, you’re probably running a 64bit OS anyway. A full list of specifications, courtesy of WCCFtech, can be found below.


GPU  Fiji XT x2 (Gemini)

Stream Processors


GCN Compute Units

Render Output Units 128
Texture Mapping Units 512
GPU Frequency Up to 1GHz
Memory 8GB HBM (4GB per GPU)
Memory Interface 8192bit (4096 per GPU)
Memory Frequency 500MHz
Effective Memory Speed 1Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 1 Terabyte per second
Cooling Solution Liquid cooling
Performance (FP32) 16.38 TFLOPS
TDP Approx. 375W
GFlops/watt Approx. 43.7
Launch Price TBA
Launch Date November/December 2015



DICE’s Johan Andersson, the chief architect of the companies Frostbite Engine has already received a pre-release version of AMD’s R9 Fury X2, but as you can see from the tweet above, he has not had the best experience with this early model. 


AMD R9 Fury X2 launching in December  

It will be very interesting to see how this monster GPU performs when it releases next month, and how Nvidia will respond to this release. Does Nvidia have a Dual GTX 980Ti or Titan X coming?

Right now a lot of people think that AMD may have delayed the release of the E9 Fury X2 due to the cooling solution it is using, as the Cooler Master Cooler that is currently used in the R9 Fury X is a hotly disputed topic between Asetek and AMD, with Asetek claiming that the design infringes on their Patents. Many people expect that AMD may be changing their cooler for a Asetek cooler in order to appease the company, but right now this rumor has now evidence to support it. 


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