AMD HAS ANNOUNCED a bunch of high-end graphics cards aimed at power-hungry users which it says will “mark a technology turning point in PC gaming”.
In a bid to steal the show at E3 gaming conference in LA this week, the graphics chip firm unveiled three Radeon card families that it said will bring higher resolutions, smoother gameplay, and support for advanced APIs like DirectX 12, Open GL 4.5 and Vulkan.
The first of the bunch is the Radeon R9 Fury series graphics card, which is touted at being “the most advanced and innovative GPU ever created” and aimed at the gaming-enthusiast market.
Previously codenamed Fiji, the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X GPU is the flagship card among the more powerful Fury family and brings what AMD is calling the “highest ever GPU memory bandwidth” in the form of High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM) technoloy, which is integrated on-chip. With 4GB of RAM, this technology is touted to deliver 60 percent more memory bandwidth over GDDR5 on a 4096-bit memory interface while supporting 4K gaming.
This, AMD said, means the Radeon R9 Fury X GPU delivers more than three times the performance per watt of GDDR5 in 94 percent less printed circuit board surface area; producing better performance in a 7.5in board.
This more compact board size will enable new, smaller PC form factors, the firm said, with more design flexibility for modders, DIYers and system integrators.
The AMD Radeon R9 Fury X will be available starting 24 June priced at $649.
AMD also announced two other, less powerful and thus less interesting GPU card series alongside the Fury family, the Radeon R9 300 series and the Radeon R7 300 series.
The Radeon R9 300 series aims to bring 4K gaming to users, or for those with less powerful systems, a 4K-like resolution on a 1080p display thanks to the firm’s Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) technology, and CrossFire multi-GPU technology7, a feature which takes advantage of the power of two or more discrete graphics cards working in parallel to improve gaming performance.
The Radeon R7 300 series graphics card family is made for online gamers and eSports competitors, and is said to deliver 60fps gaming performance at 1080p or 1440p resolutions, even with graphics settings set to “ultra” in most popular online games.
As with the Fury, the R9 300 series and R7 graphics card features VSR, support DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5 and Vulkan, and are Windows 10-ready.
The Radeon R9 and R7 300 series will be available from 18 June priced from $199 and $109 respectively.
The fresh Radeon update replaces last year’s Radeon R9 295X2 GPU release, which at the time the firm claimed was “the world’s fastest and most powerful graphics card”.
The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 joined two Radeon R9 Series GPUs in one graphics card using AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, a technology which the latest R9 and Fury cards also makes use of and enables gamers to experience high-performance games with Mantle, a tool for alleviating CPU bottlenecks, such as API overhead and inefficient multi-threading. µ