In a move that might snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, information has been revealed that the new R9 Fury GPU will not support HDMI 2.0 nor DP 1.3. This comes from a forum post on Overclockers.co.uk by what appears to be an AMD representative. Asked to confirm if the card would support HDMI 2.0, this was the answer given by AMDMatt:
If this post is accurate, the Fury will not only not be supporting HDMI 2.0. HDMI 2.0 is critical as the industry moves to 4K, something AMD has been pushing heavily. HDMI 2.0 allows for 4K @60Hz, something currently impossible with HDMI 1.4. DisplayPort 1.3, also not supported enables 2 4K @60Hz screens to be driven or 5K and 8K in certain modes at 60Hz. Both are also required for HDCP 2.2 which allows BluRay 4K discs to play with copyright protection. While DisplayPort 1.2a does allow for 4K@60Hz, users with HDMI 4K TVs, which have become quite prevalent, will be left at a console level 30Hz. Fury Nano, if also similarly handicapped will have it’s HTPC ambitions hurt as well.
For now, there is no need to get riled up just yet. This is just one post so far and AMDMatt might be misinformed. It will be best to save any pitchforks till official word comes out from AMD on their HDMI and DP support. The flexibility of DP also means that an active adapter can convert the DP 1.2a signal to HDMI 2.0, but HDCP 2.2 will be lost. If this report is true though, it makes AMD’s other mistakes this time seem trivial. Missing one of HDMI 2.0 or DP 1.3 is serious enough I tend to believe that one of the two is supported until I get official confirmation from AMD. Either way, AMD best act fast before the internet rumour mill goes out of control.
If you were hoping for high frame rates on your new 4KTV for living room gaming, HDMI 2.0 is vital.
AMD CEO Lisa T. Su comes onto stage to talk about Fiji, what we’re really interested in at this event: The AMD Fiji cards.
We’ve had a lot of leaks and information surface up to this event, but now it’s official. The AMD Fury cards are here, the Fury, the Fury X, the Fury Nano and an unnamed dual-GPU card as used in the Quantum system.
The Fury delivers 1.5x the performance per watt over the 290x. Fury will be air cooled and Fury X will be the liquid cooled version of the same card.
The use of HBM memory allows for a much shorter PCB and thereby smaller card. Shown for the first time is the Fury Nano, a six-inch card that produces 2x the performance per watt over the R9 290.
The Fury X will cost around $549 and be available next week. The Nano will be available in July while the dual-Fiji card won’t come until Q3-Q4 this year.
With AMD’s Fury expected in less than a week, a 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme score has been leaked. While showing up as an unknown AMD GPU, the specifications and performance are just about where we expect a Fury variant to fall. For now it’s unknown which variant of the Fury was tested and the results may still not be representative of shipping samples.
Coming in with an impressive score of 7932 in Fire Strike Extreme, Fury is in good company. While falling slightly behind Titan’s 7989, the two cards are well within the margin of error and run to run differences. This could be viewed as good news that AMD is able to practically match Nvidia’s top card or a failure that it doesn’t hold a commanding lead. Without knowing if the card is the XT, Pro or Nano variant, it’s hard to determine where Fury truly falls.
Compared to other cards, Fury does quite well. it holds a good margin over the 980Ti which clocks in at 7781 and the 980 scores lower at 6062. Fury is also leagues ahead of AMD’s old flagship, the 290X which comes in at 5091, around 2000 points lower. For AMD fans, this potentially means gaining a major jump in performance without having to go to the green team. Now the last critical piece of information remaining to leaked is pricing.
With a name hearkening back to earlier times, AMD is set to release Fury to combat Nvidia’s Titan X. While we’ve long known that Fury carries HBM, the exact lineup details have been more sketchy. A new report coming from hwbattle [Korean] suggests that the Fury lineup will consist of three chips, Fury Pro, Fury XT and Fury Nano. Giving past naming conventions, the XT will be the high-end model followed by the Pro and Nano.
Three models does make some sense as there is quite a performance gap in AMD’s lineup if they want to beat the Titan X. While it’s good to have a product that can match or beat the Titan X, it’s also important to have cards that can slot in against the 980Ti and the 980. It does jive with the fact that some rumors had suggested that Fury would beat Titan X while others have said it loses to the 980Ti. With 3 different Fury cards, it’s very well possible for the XT model to beat Titan X while the Pro or Nano might fall short of the TitanX or even the 980Ti.
According to the source, reference models will launch with water-cooled models as have been previously leaked. In addition, air cooled reference models are also expected to debut at launch, potentially in a three fan configuration like the HD 7990 and other non-reference models of the past. Given the expected specifications and how hot comparable products like the 295X2 and Titan X are, heat is expected to be high, explaining the water cooling but the source suggests that noise won’t be an issue with the reference coolers this time around.
For the first month or so of availability, only reference models will be available. The supply of these models is expected to be limited, but non-reference cards from partners are expected to arrive between mid-August and early September. It’s critical to note that all this information so far is an unconfirmed leak. AMD will reveal more information next week on June 16th so stay tuned till then.