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The name of flagship AMD Radeon revealed: Fury is back

AMD’s next next-generation flagship Radeon graphics card will be the world’s first add-in-board to use stacked high-bandwidth memory (HBM) that will ensure unprecedented performance and will open a number of new doors for graphics adapters. It is rather ironic that for a graphics card that shows the future of GPUs, AMD has reportedly decided to use a name from the past.

In a bid to emphasize that its next-generation flagship Radeon graphics adapter based on the code-named “Fiji” graphics processing unit is a very special product, Advanced Micro Devices plans to assign a special name to it, not a model number. The new top-of-the-range graphics board from the company will reportedly be called AMD Radeon Fury, which should imply how furiously fast the new GPU is.

AMD’s flagship Radeon Fury “Fiji XT” graphics processing unit is reportedly based on the revamped GCN 1.3 architecture and integrates 4096 stream processors (64 compute units), 256 texture units as well as all-new memory controller to support vertically stacked high bandwidth memory (HBM) chips with 1024-bit input/output interface. The top-of-the-line Radeon graphics adapter is expected to carry 4GB or 8GB of HBM memory with up to 640GB/s of bandwidth (thanks to 4096-bit memory bus and 1.25GT/s transfer rate). The Radeon Fury graphics card will feature a hybrid liquid cooling system and will require two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors.

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The AMD Radeon Fury reminds of ATI Rage Fury, a popular graphics card for gamers from ATI Technologies in 1998. The add-in board was among the first graphics adapters to feature 32MB of SDRAM, but it was not nearly as popular as 3dfx Voodoo or Nvidia Riva TNT. While it did demonstrate great performance in 32-bit colour mode, it was not a dream graphics solution and certainly was not a legend.

It is interesting to note that the dual-chip Radeon Fury Maxx launched in 1999 introduced the alternate frame rendering multi-GPU technique to the consumer market, but received a bad reputation for poor drivers and lag issues. Nowadays all multi-GPU sub-systems use AFR method of multi-GPU rendering.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

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KitGuru Says: The Radeon Fury is definitely a nice name. Moreover, many experienced gamers will clearly remember good-old days of 1998 – 1999 as well as the ATI Rage Fury and the ATI Rage Fury Pro graphics cards (which were actually manufactured by ATI in Canada back then!). But the key to success of AMD’s new flagship is not nostalgia. They keys to success are actual performance in video games, price and availability. Will AMD Radeon Fury deliver? Let’s wait and see! In the meantime, let’s think, what variations of AMD Radeon Fury we can expect from Advanced Micro Devices. The dual-chip could be called Radeon Fury Maxx, whereas a slightly slower version could carry the name Radeon Fury Pro…

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