The chip developer launched its new generation of graphics cards in a loud voice, and managed to surprise everyone with a dual model Core Based Fuji and even a tiny Nano model designed to eliminate the "Geforce GTX 970
It will be a long time before we can determine for sure whether AMD's Radeon 300 generation is a success story or another unsuccessful attempt by the company to stop NVIDIA's rival, but it is already possible to say 'well done' to the chip maker from Sunnyvale - despite Countless Leaks Qualifications Organized an exemplary launch event, and even managed to surprise us all with a number of unexpected and exciting products.
Series 300 - Love / hate relationships with users
Let's start with the least surprising part - The Radeon 300 series The new AMD Is not really new, but is fully based on the cores of previous generations, with only my volume memory More generous and slightly increased working frequencies separate it from what has been on the shelves for a year or more.
What really makes us raise an eyebrow is the unstable pricing the company gives to old-new products:Radeon R9 390X with 8GB of GDDR5 memory received a highly cost-effective price tag of 430 (which is more than 100 of the price of the R9 290X cards you can find in stores right now)Radeon R9 380 with 4GB of memory GDDR5 Actually got a rather pleasant and competitive price of 200 dollars.
It is likely that we will see all the updated models align with their prices (whether officially or unofficially) in accordance with market demand and supply conditions, but it is difficult not to feel that,AMD Try to use some of the brands to market a product at a significant profit to consumers who are less involved in the technical data below the glittering sticker.
From now on, Fury is the name of the game
As expected, the center of the stage took the new Fiji core tonight - and the Fury cards that are based on it. The Fury X Will be the senior representative, who comes exclusively with liquid cooling and with a full and formidable Fiji core that includes 4,096 performance units, 8.9 billion transistors and of course HBM memory with exceptionally large bandwidth. Availability will be "very soon" according to company representatives, and the price will be $ 650 - just like the best single-core card on the market so far, In GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
Next to the Fury X will be the Fury model, which will head against the standard GeForce GTX 980 with versions Cooling Air side with other versions Cooling Liquid, slightly less performance units and slightly lower work frequencies - and a $ 550 price tag.
B-AMD Did not provide too much technical detail as part of the announcement, but it seems that what we have estimated is what it will actually be - users who want maximum performance with no compromises will probably prefer the Fury models of AMD, While users who want to put an emphasis on efficiency, cooler temperatures and optimal power consumption alongside the capabilities will seem to lean toward the green manufacturer.
R9 Nano - Surprise tonight
AMD's newest product was the third-generation Fury family. It turns out that those compact video cards we have seen Number of leaks In the last two weeks they have just opened, when a separate model called the R9 Nano, which will also be based on the core of Fiji (probably with much less active units but with the same 4GB memory as the older brother) will be even smaller and more efficient than any other product Of the company has always been. Performance for the watt is twice as high as those of the Radeon R9 290X (!), According to the people of AMD.
The company revealed almost no details about the Nano (only about 10 inches long), but stated that it would offer Performence At the level of the R9 290X - at half the power consumption as stated, and at half the size. We cannot declare that this is the ultimate gaming card before we know the price of the pleasure, but we can estimate that the R9 Nano will soon become the heart of all the smaller gaming system builders, and at the same time the manufacturers of theSteam Machines and other consoles.
Next generation console, AMD version
For dessert, Project Quantum - version of AMD The computer has a relatively small (but relatively powerful) gaming gamut (absolute).
It's called Quantum, and it does look like something that violates the laws of physics that we know from the computer world
The computer, which looks a bit like the PlayStation 4 console between its two parts, is a nuclear fusion, which means really cool, will include a pair of R9 Nano cards and a processor from AMD All of which would be cooled by a closed liquid system. The system will be offered to AMD Manufacturing graphic cards And will market to consumers through them, with the target price at $ 1,500, and the promise is for some 60FPS in the maximum settings in any title that exists today in the market, without compromise.
crazy? Maybe, but probably no more crazy than a card with a pair of really big Fiji cores, briefly mentioned and coming this fall - perhaps as the first card for gaming at 8K resolutions?
What is the product that impressed you most during AMD's big evening? Tell us in comments.
updating: A first look at the printed Fiji Dual Card board, which is designed to deliver Performence Sensitivity of 14 or 15 trillion floating point calculations per second (TeraFLOPS).