AMD was the first graphics card company to make use of HBM (high bandwidth memory) with their release of the Fury X and Fury graphics cards. NVIDIA has stated that they are waiting for the second iteration of HBM (HBM2) before they move over to the standard. According to a recent report AMD could be leveraging their deal with SK Hynix to get priority access to HBM2 for their next graphics card series (Arctic Islands).
AMD released their 15.7 WHQL driver suite last week. With it brought some new features for AMD graphics card owners. One of the most interesting is the ability to pair a Radeon 300 series graphics card with a similar spec’d chip from the R9 200 series.
This week on our Weekly Tech Podcast we talk about our review of the Intel Core i7-5775C, building in the Lian Li PC-T80 test bench, the launch of the AMD Radeon R9 Fury graphics card and much more!
AMD has stopped development of its Mantle 3D graphics API for current and future graphics cards. No new optimizations will be made, but current graphics cards will retain Mantle support at the driver level to run existing Mantle applications, but there will be no new updates or performance optimizations from AMD.
AMD has just released the Catalyst 15.7 WHQL driver suite, this is the first WHQL-signed Catalyst driver to be released in 212 days (since 14.12 Omega). The drivers add official support for Radeon R9 300 series and R9 Fury graphics processors that have launched recently.
A day before the official launch the official press deck for the Radeon R9 Fury graphics card has been leaked by eTeknix. This gives us all of the information on the card including full specifications. The card is based on the Fiji PRO graphics processor and features 3584 stream processors, 224 texture mapping units and 64 raster operating units.
AMD’s Radeon R9 Fury will be the companies second graphics cards based on the 28nm Fiji silicon. The card has been rumored to be launching in mid-July, but the specifications have been leaked online. AMD will enable 56 of the 64 compute units on the GPU, which will give it 3584 stream processors and 224 TMUs. We assume AMD will not change the ROP count so it will remain at 64. The memory will likely remain untouched at 4 GB of HBM.
After many reviews and feedback from users the biggest issue with AMD’s brand new Radeon R9 Fury X was the noisy pump-block. This pump block design has a very high-pitched whine that many users reported. It looks like AMD has gone and already revised the pump-block design on the card.
So you think having one AMD Radeon R9 Fury X is enough? How about four? Matt Buck who is an AMD Technical Support Engineer has built a system that he calls “The Furious Red Baron” with not one, but four AMD Radeon R9 Fury X graphics cards!
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