Originally set to debut before the holiday season, it’s no surprise now that AMD is delaying their R9 Gemini Fury X2 to 2016. AMD is officially confirming that the delays in shipping and launching the Fury X2 are not due to supply issues but rather due to their perceived market being unready.
According to AMD, the Fury X2 is meant to be targeted towards VR (Virtual Reality) users like those using Oculus Rift or Steam VR. Those project however, have faced delays that pushed them into 2016. Because of this, AMD has decided to hold back Fury X2 so they can launch their dual-GPU at the same time as VR headsets are released. AMD probably wants some of the synergy the VR headsets will bring since it requires a higher level of graphics power to properly utilize VR. AMD has confirmed that various press and engineering samples are already in circulation.
The product schedule for Fiji Gemini had initially been aligned with consumer HMD availability, which had been scheduled for Q415 back in June. Due to some delays in overall VR ecosystem readiness, HMDs are now expected to be available to consumers by early Q216. To ensure the optimal VR experience, we’re adjusting the Fiji Gemini launch schedule to better align with the market. Working samples of Fiji Gemini have shipped to a variety of B2B customers in Q415, and initial customer reaction has been very positive.
While AMD undoubtedly did their own calculations, it seems that holding back Gemini may hurt AMD int he long run. The firm has been bleeding market share for the past while and a new launch with Fury X2 could have given them vital sales. A late Gemini launch also runs smack into Pascal and Greenland, both set to feature copious amounts ofHBM2, while Gemini remains limited to the 4GB of HBM1. With this in mind, it really seems that AMD should have launched Gemini earlier if they could and when VR did launch, there would be nothing stopping users from picking up Fury X2 then as well.
While we’ve long know that AMD was preparing a dual Fiji GPU, we’re now getting some hints that the card will be launched and revealed imminently. According to a shipping manifest, a “Fiji Gemini” has just left AMD’s Canada headquarters. AMD Canada has always been the site that handled more graphics since it used to be ATI, and with the Gemini headed off, it probably means the card is done most of its testing is off and ready to be launched soon.
Previous names for the card have revolved around R9 Fury X2 or some variation thereof, but R9 Gemini might now be a contender. The shipping manifest also shows an attached Cooler Master heatsink. Given that ongoing litigation between Cooler Master and Asetek, AMD either has a deal going on with Asetek or they know something we don’t. The card is expected to pack a total of 8192 shader processors and 8GB(2x4GB) of HBM1. While 4GB of VRAM shouldn’t hold things back at 4K, the advent of unified memory with DX12 may help alleviate issues in the future.
With Nvidia also set to launch their own dual-GPU graphics card and having shown off their HBM2 Pascal card, AMD only has a narrow window in which to launch this card. Hopefully, we will be hearing more about Gemini in the days to come. The launch of R9 Gemini may also bring about better Crossfire performance and quality, something which has been lacking a bit.
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