AMD announces the Radeon R9 Fury and Fury X, puts NVIDIA on notice

Fahad Al-Riyami

AMD announces the Radeon R9 Fury and Fury X, puts NVIDIA on notice

It’s official, AMD’s latest graphics solutions are here. Based on the its new Fiji architecture, AMD developed the Radeon R9 Fury and Fury X, the company’s most powerful graphics cards.

The Radeon R9 Fury series are designed with two things in mind; 4K and Virtual Reality (VR) gaming. The new GPUs pack a ton of new features including high-bandwidth memory, a GPU tachometer, a feature called Virtual Super Resolution which makes the GPU render a game in 4K and downsample it to whatever lower-than-4K display you may be using for added quality, and others like Eyefinity and of course, full DirectX 12 support with Windows 10. The Fury X will sell for only $649 and the Fury for $549.

Fiji will have 4096 stream processors with a core clock of 1050MHz, and 8.9 billion transistors that provide around 8.6 teraflops of graphics output. We should have more info on specs as we near launch.

Other products based on the Fiji architecture include a dual-GPU card with 8GB of graphics memory. This card is designed for 5K gaming and features power efficiency improvements of up to 50% (performance-per-Watt) over the previous Hawaii-based silicon. This dual-GPU card will come in the fall. Then there’s the Radeon R9 Nano which with a 6” card designed for small form factor PCs, upping potential performance of small computers by a significant amount, it will outperform the Radeon R9 290X but only use half the power, that’s an indication of how power efficient Fiji is.

AMD also announced the Radeon R9 390 which will sell for $329 and Radeon R9 390X for $429. Both will have 8GB of graphics memory designed for 4K gaming. On the lower end of the scale is the Radeon R7 360 and R7 370, the latter of which will sell for $149.

With these price-performance ratios, NVIDIA will be scrambling to adjust the prices for pretty much its entire high-end and mid-range offerings including the recently announced GTX 980Ti. Competition really is a beautiful thing.