AMD launches Radeon R9 Fury, R9 300 and R7 300 series graphics cards

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AMD Launches New Radeon 300 Series Graphics Card Lineup, Fury X And Project Quantum At E3.

With the E3 underway in the US, gaming companies are aggressively launching new products. AMD has unveiled their next-gen graphics cards based on the R9 and R7 300 series graphics hardware containing new technologies like High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). These cards are aimed at facilitating better experiences in PC gaming such as higher-resolution gameplay, smoother VR experiences and support for newer graphics APIs such as DirectX 12 and Vulkan–AMD’s own OpenGL-derived graphics API. To be clear, this is a PCB and not a complete board, but it is certainly what turns into a complete GPU card after adding components to it and a water cooling system. The line, called the Radeon 300 Series, is the latest from the company and features a broad array of discrete graphics cards ranging from the extreme enthusiast PC gamer all the way to the casual PC gamer.

A year and a half after the launch of the R200-series, months after Nvidia refreshed its entire GeForce lineup, AMD has lifted the veil off its new Radeon graphics card lineup: the Fury series, powered by revolutionary high-bandwidth memory (HBM), and the company’s brand new Fiji GPU. This new product lineup from Advanced Micro Devices features a mixture of new GPU and memory technologies as well as major software improvements including Microsoft DirectX 12 support. Leading the charge is the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X, which is capable of driving Tomb Raider to 45 frames per second at 5K resolution and Ultra settings, and offers 1.5 times the performance per watt of AMD’s previous R9 290X flagship. The space savings resulting from the inherently smaller design of this platform is aimed at serving lower-profile computing form factors, especially for the DIY and enthusiast space.

AMD never overtly said how much capacity the Fury’s HBM actually has—presumably because Nvidia’s been loading its Titan X and GeForce GTX 980 Ti with RAM—but a press release from Hynix, which actually creates said memory, puts the total at 4GB. HBM’s memory clock speed tops out at a mere 1Gbps—traditional GDDR5 RAM can hit 7Gbps—but utilizes a ridonkulously wide 4096-bit interface to deliver 512GBps of pure memory bandwidth. The R9 Nano is an air cooled version of the Fury X, but in an even shorter form factor and at 100 watts less power, indicating a less powerful card in terms of capability but introducing entirely new form factors for high-end gaming PCs that simply weren’t possible.

This includes the creation of their Project Quantum system, which serves as a concept for those considering new ways of using these graphics cards from AMD. AMD also took advantage of Fiji’s power savings and HBM’s space savings to introduce the Radeon R9 Nano, which measures a mere six inches in length but offers “significantly more performance than the Radeon R9 290X,” according to AMD CEO Lisa Su. Finally, AMD marketing manager Chris Hook also took the stage to introduce “Project Quantum,” a tiny, new box-like PC that’s powered by not one, but two of AMD’s new Fiji GPUs. The computer slaps all the processing technologies in the bottom of the box, and all the cooling up top, narrowing to a filter-like pole in the center.

Kicking things off were the lower-end R7 offerings, which AMD says are tailor-made for playing e-sports games like Dota 2 and League of Legends at 1080p resolution. To ease the load on these modestly powered GPUs, they include a technology AMD calls “Frame rate target control,” which caps the GPU’s frame rate output in games where you get extremely high frame rates, in order to reduce power and noise needs. For those having a less monitor which has lower than 4K resolution, AMD comes with Virtual Super Resolution, which will lets the GPU render the screen at 4K resolution and then downsample it to your panel’s resolution.

The Radeon R7 360 will start at $109 and include up to 2GB of traditional GDDR5 RAM, while the more potent Radeon R7 370 will start at $149 and pack up to 4GB of memory. The three cards announced in this segment include Radeon R9 380 at $199 (approx Rs 12,800), Radeon R9 390 at $329 (approx Rs 21,200) and Radeon R9 380X at $429 (approx Rs 27,500).

AMD FreeSync technology which helps with getting a tear-free output for single screen and multi-screen Eyefinity configs, will also be supported by the R9 300 series. For the past few months, the rumor mill’s been adamant that the new 300-series Radeon GPUs are actually built around barely-tweaked GCN silicon that first made an appearance in the Rx 200-series and even the older Radeon 7000-series graphics cards.

Considering that, the rumors, and the lack of technical details provided for these new 300-series graphics cards, you’ll definitely want to wait for reviews to hit before you pick up one of these, even if you could buy one Thursday.

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