Wednesday, June 24th 2015

AMD Officially Launches the Radeon R9 Fury X Graphics Card

AMD officially launched its latest flagship graphics card, the Radeon R9 Fury X. Designed to compete with NVIDIA's high-end products, including the GTX TITAN X, and the recently launched GTX 980 Ti, this card implements a breakthrough new memory design, with HBM (high bandwidth memory), silicon interposer, and the memory being relocated to the GPU package, to reduce the chip's overall PCB footprint, allowing for an extremely compact main PCB.

The Radeon R9 Fury X comes with a factory-fitted liquid cooling solution, much like the R9 295X2, which promises gaming temperatures in the in the fifties (°C), and load noise output of 32 dB. Based on the new 28 nm "Fiji" silicon, the R9 Fury X offers 4,096 stream processors, 256 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 4096-bit wide HBM interface, holding 4 GB of standard memory amount, with a staggering 512 GB/s of memory bandwidth. The core is clocked at 1050 MHz, and the memory at 500 MHz. The card has the same typical board power figure as the R9 290X, at 275W, despite a 40 percent increase in number crunching muscle. Available now in some parts of the world, the card will be widely available in the following few weeks, priced at US $649.99.

Read the TechPowerUp Review of the R9 Fury X right here.
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36 Comments on AMD Officially Launches the Radeon R9 Fury X Graphics Card

#1
RyneSmith
Disappointed and all the build up and hype for nothing. Rather have a 980 Ti
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#2
DeNeDe
Idem that. All the talk about HBM better than GDDR5 and so on..
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#3
megamanxtreme
The two fellows above don't realize how AMD works.

If it's anything like the R9 290X, it will get better over time with the right drivers.

If it's anything like the 12.11 drivers...
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#4
RejZoR
Hm, 729 €. You know what, I just might do something stupid this time around and order the Fury X...
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#5
xkm1948
With the performance and the bugs in design, AMD really should ask for $600, not $650. I am disappointed. Waited for a month for this, so not worth it.
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#6
RejZoR
And how do you know ANYTHING about bugs and "design" if no one even tested these other than AMD and few very select people?
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#9
RyneSmith
megamanxtreme, post: 3303916, member: 133503"
The two fellows above don't realize how AMD works.

If it's anything like the R9 290X, it will get better over time with the right drivers.

If it's anything like the 12.11 drivers...
Drivers are not the issue here lol
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#10
GhostRyder
xkm1948, post: 3303919, member: 50521"
With the performance and the bugs in design, AMD really should ask for $600, not $650. I am disappointed. Waited for a month for this, so not worth it.
Look I hate to jump on the defensive but the pump noise is nothing to be shocked about. Pumps make noise generally but its not going to be noticeable in a case 9/10 times. Not trying to sway you into a purchase you don't want, just remember there is a difference between open air and a case (To top it off all pumps make some noise and the much lower fan levels will compensate).

Still a good looking card which will only get better with time as drivers mature.
RyneSmith, post: 3303955, member: 139985"
Drivers are not the issue here lol
Generally they are, take a look at the past and compare cards like the 290X to GTX 780ti on launch day until now. There is quite a bit of difference same as with the HD 7970 versus GTX 680 (Not including ghz 7970).
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#11
haswrong
RejZoR, post: 3303918, member: 1515"
Hm, 729 €. You know what, I just might do something stupid this time around and order the Fury X...
a friendly advice: order the more powerful revision from the future. (remember the 290x to 390x performance jump? but you had to wait how long a year at least?)
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#12
RyneSmith
GhostRyder, post: 3303962, member: 149328"
Look I hate to jump on the defensive but the pump noise is nothing to be shocked about. Pumps make noise generally but its not going to be noticeable in a case 9/10 times. Not trying to sway you into a purchase you don't want, just remember there is a difference between open air and a case (To top it off all pumps make some noise and the much lower fan levels will compensate).

Still a good looking card which will only get better with time as drivers mature.

Generally they are, take a look at the past and compare cards like the 290X to GTX 780ti on launch day until now. There is quite a bit of difference same as with the HD 7970 versus GTX 680 (Not including ghz 7970).
Still doesn't do it for me. AMD had to move to new tech (HBM) to even be competitive versus NVIDIA.

Pricing is really the only thing the card has going for it IMO.
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#13
okidna
GhostRyder, post: 3303962, member: 149328"
Generally they are, take a look at the past and compare cards like the 290X to GTX 780ti on launch day until now. There is quite a bit of difference same as with the HD 7970 versus GTX 680 (Not including ghz 7970).
I'm curious and I did this :

290X and 780 Ti at launch : http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_780_Ti/27.html

1920x1080 :
290X - 92%
780 Ti - 100%

2560x1600 :
290X - 93%
780 Ti - 100%

290X and 780 Ti now : http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/R9_Fury_X/31.html

1920x1080 :
290X - 79%
780 Ti - 85%

2560x1440 :
290X - 76%
780 Ti - 78%

No 4K resolution on "at launch" review.
You're right, AMD cards are getting closer. But keep in mind that "at launch" is Nov 2013, and "now" is June 2015, that's more than one and a half years.
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#14
GhostRyder
RyneSmith, post: 3303978, member: 139985"
Still doesn't do it for me. AMD had to move to new tech (HBM) to even be competitive versus NVIDIA.

Pricing is really the only thing the card has going for it IMO.
I am sorry but what kind of an argument is that. Basically what your saying is "AMD had to innovate to compete". Should I stop the presses?

They put a new tech on their device that most likely did help them out. Should we really make an argument saying innovating is a bad thing to compete?

okidna, post: 3303987, member: 101669"
I'm curious and I did this :

290X and 780 Ti at launch : http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/NVIDIA/GeForce_GTX_780_Ti/27.html

1920x1080 :
290X - 92%
780 Ti - 100%

2560x1600 :
290X - 93%
780 Ti - 100%

290X and 780 Ti now : http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/R9_Fury_X/31.html

1920x1080 :
290X - 79%
780 Ti - 85%

2560x1440 :
290X - 76%
780 Ti - 78%

No 4K resolution on "at launch" review.
You're right, AMD cards are getting closer. But keep in mind that "at launch" is Nov 2013, and "now" is June 2015, that's more than one and a half years.
Yea but that all comes down to how much you upgrade as well. But still improving overtime with how close they are currently only is a good thing. I won't be purchasing this card most likely unless I catch a amazing deal on either GTX 980ti or Fury X.
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#15
RyneSmith
GhostRyder, post: 3303996, member: 149328"
I am sorry but what kind of an argument is that. Basically what your saying is "AMD had to innovate to compete". Should I stop the presses?

They put a new tech on their device that most likely did help them out. Should we really make an argument saying innovating is a bad thing to compete?


Yea but that all comes down to how much you upgrade as well. But still improving overtime with how close they are currently only is a good thing. I won't be purchasing this card most likely unless I catch a amazing deal on either GTX 980ti or Fury X.
It is when they send cards for review that artifact, check LTT.

If the price point was better, I'd consider jumping on this card simple as that. Nvidia has no reason to lower their price, their product is superior. That's the goal in the end right? Competition inspiring price drops for consumers. If this is AMD's attempt we are screwed.
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#16
GhostRyder
RyneSmith, post: 3304034, member: 139985"
It is when they send cards for review that artifact, check LTT.

If the price point was better, I'd consider jumping on this card simple as that. Nvidia has no reason to lower their price, their product is superior. That's the goal in the end right? Competition inspiring price drops for consumers. If this is AMD's attempt we are screwed.
First off, bad cards happen, its a fact of life (I already saw the Linus Tech Tips Review) no matter what your dealing with and is even more so true when it comes to computer parts.

NVidia never has a reason to lower the price of their card...People will buy it as long as you put that logo on it same with Apple products, Beats headphones, etc.

The card matches the 980ti at the resolutions that matter (Who would buy this card for 1080p and below?) which is a win in my book for just a little bit more electricity with a much better cooler.
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#17
RyneSmith
NVIDIA has never lowered their card prices due to competition? Please...

Much better cooler? I find it hard to believe that you think slapping an AIO cooler on a top of the line card that needs it due to power draw and heat issues a win.

From consumer standpoint:
NVIDIA - top of the line products worth their price tag.
AMD - sub par new gen products failing to compete with old gen

I want AMD to compete, but this isn't the solution.
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#18
john_
One month ago we where waiting for a GPU that would have a TDP of 375W+ and would melt without a water cooler.

Based on the latest hype we where waiting for a 980Ti (at least) killer.

Nothing happened. It's an OK card that comes pretty close to 980Ti. But it's not enough. On the other hand DX12 could change a few things considering GCN superior performance on Feature API benchmark from Futuremark. But this is a big IF.

Anyway, AMD is competitive again, it's much closer to Nvidia compared with yesterday, this card will do only good on their marketing, it's just NOT good enough for those who spent half a day looking at benchmarks and hunting the last frame per second. It will be good for everybody else who until yesterday had only one choice.
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#19
GhostRyder
RyneSmith, post: 3304068, member: 139985"
NVIDIA has never lowered their card prices due to competition? Please...

Much better cooler? I find it hard to believe that you think slapping an AIO cooler on a top of the line card that needs it due to power draw and heat issues a win.

From consumer standpoint:
NVIDIA - top of the line products worth their price tag.
AMD - sub par new gen products failing to compete with old gen

I want AMD to compete, but this isn't the solution.
Yes, they rarely if ever reduce their prices in response to competition especially in recent years. Titan (Orignal) stayed at the $1000 mark even with stiff competition from AMD (R9 290X) as a recent example.

Second really dude, have you actually looked at the power numbers? The difference is small between them on power as it is. So your saying them placing a better cooler on a card is a bad thing, I guess we should just be stuck with Titan X coolers that throttle the card unless you crank the fans up (Something people ridiculed the 290X for).

Your standpoint obviously points to where you stand on the products.
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#20
RyneSmith
You're right I prefer NVIDIA products as I'm getting what I paid for, quality.

They don't add water coolers to products that have heat problems why? Because they don't have heat/throttling issues (minutes titan) and I'm not in the market for a $1000 card anyways as it's not a gaming card.

They put the cooler on in the first place due to heat issues, not to provide a better quality product. Power consumption and heat output has and always will be a problem for AMD. The mentality of this company is crap and that's why they aren't profitable and will continue not to be. Catching up to the competition isn't competing, wake up.

So to further your comment about where I stand, green team. Enjoy your Fury X
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#21
SetsunaFZero
RyneSmith, post: 3303890, member: 139985"
Disappointed and all the build up and hype for nothing. Rather have a 980 Ti
980Ti custom is very attractive but i will wait for FuryX customer reviews and maybe new driver will increase some performance
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#22
jmcslob
I'm actually disappointed....not that care which team is better but because of it's sub 4k performance....
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#23
SonicZap
RyneSmith, post: 3304128, member: 139985"
They don't add water coolers to products that have heat problems why? Because they don't have heat/throttling issues (minutes titan) and I'm not in the market for a $1000 card anyways as it's not a gaming card
What is the Titan X for then? For showcasing that you have excess disposable income? It doesn't even have compute resources and it's marketed as a gaming card by Nvidia; hence it is a gaming card.

RyneSmith, post: 3304128, member: 139985"
They put the cooler on in the first place due to heat issues, not to provide a better quality product. Power consumption and heat output has and always will be a problem for AMD.
Yeah. It was a problem for them back in 2010 as well when the HD 5870 was fighting against the GTX 480. Oh wait...

Not defending Fury X, the 980 Ti is superior. But you should do your homework better.
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#24
RyneSmith
SonicZap, post: 3304157, member: 157033"
What is the Titan X for then? For showcasing that you have excess disposable income? It doesn't even have compute resources and it's marketed as a gaming card by Nvidia; hence it is a gaming card.


Yeah. It was a problem for them back in 2010 as well when the HD 5870 was fighting against the GTX 480. Oh wait...

Not defending Fury X, the 980 Ti is superior. But you should do your homework better.
The Titan X is not a mainstream gaming card come on... it's marketed as one but those that buy it for that simply just have the money. 780 Ti/980 Ti are the better mainstream options and in both cases have turn out to perform on par if not better especially with overclocking and non reference designs

So honestly I see the Titan cards as really expensive paper weights.
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#25
moproblems99
RyneSmith, post: 3304231, member: 139985"
The Titan X is not a mainstream gaming card come on... it's marketed as one but those that buy it for that simply just have the money. 780 Ti/980 Ti are the better mainstream options and in both cases have turn out to perform on par if not better especially with overclocking and non reference designs

So honestly I see the Titan cards as really expensive paper weights.
That's good and all but what you see them as doesn't jive with their specs.

Both companies have had thermal problems...AMD with 200 series, nVidia with 480/470 and Titan X. I fail to see where nVidia doesn't have heat problems....
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