AMD Radeon R9 Fury graphics card offers High-Bandwidth Memory on-chip

17 Jun 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

AMD Just Announced Their Own Compact Gaming PC: Meet Project Quantum.

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). During AMD’s “New Era of PC Gaming” presentation this morning, AMD President & CEO President Lisa Su took the stage to discuss something a bit surprising: An entirely new class of compact PC designed in-house called “Project Quantum.” “When I think about AMD, what do we stand for? 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.

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.

I apologize for the inconvenience, but you can expect deep dives into the new hardware, interviews with AMD executives, and news updates throughout the day. 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. And “underdog” is a title that seems to have stuck to AMD for the past several years, fighting and clawing for desktop GPU marketshare despite frequently outperforming Nvidia at various price points.

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’s Red Team — and indeed AMD themselves — are hoping things change today as the company presents its new line of Radeon Graphics Cards featuring HBM (High Bandwidth Memory) technology at E3 2015. AMD will be the first to utilize HBM, a stacked DRAM approach that promises to shrink the typical graphics card size and dramatically improve power efficiency. 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. Despite looking no more than 10 inches wide and 10 inches deep, Project Quantum packs two high-end” liquid-cooled Fiji GPUs into its unique looking chassis. Following the presentation, there will be a “Fireside Chat” with AMD’s Chief Gaming Scientist Richard Huddy, who is always entertaining and doesn’t exactly mince words.

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.

Our liveblog for that event begins at 6 pm Pacific. 9:35 am: Richard Huddy is speaking to representatives of Oculus and CCP (developers of Eve Valkyrie). “There’s no room for latency that make the experience not immersive. 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. What I can say at this point is that’s it an incredibly sexy looking PC, and I’m looking forward to learning more about both it, and the inevitable wave of even tinier living room PCs to come.

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. 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.

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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